Are Schizophrenia and Autism Close Relations?

New research has revealed that ASD appears share a root cause with other mental illnesses, including schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. At first glance, schizophrenia and autism may look like completely different illnesses, but closer inspection reveals many common traits.

Children with autism can identify misbehavior but have trouble putting it in words

Children with autism have difficulty identifying inappropriate social behavior, and even when successful, they are often unable to justify why the behavior seemed inappropriate. New brain imaging studies show that children with autism may recognize socially inappropriate behavior, but have difficulty using spoken language to explain why the behavior is considered inappropriate.

Antibiotic brings some improvement in fragile X syndrome, reports JDBP

This preliminary clinical trial shows small but significant benefits of minocycline in children with FXS. Other treatments for FXS are being investigated, including a new class of drugs called mGluR5 inhibitors. However, minocycline is the only targeted FXS treatment that is currently available by prescription. Because of its long history of use, the side effects and safety characteristics of minocycline are well known.

Autism, mercury, and politics

By Robert Kennedy Jr.

MOUNTING EVIDENCE suggests that Thimerosal, a mercury-based preservative in children's vaccines, may be responsible for the exponential growth of autism, attention deficit disorder, speech delays, and other childhood neurological disorders now epidemic in the United States.