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Children With Autism Arrive At Emergency Room In Times Of Psychiatric Crisis Nine Times More Than Peers

December 3, 2012
Kennedy Krieger researchers find families with private insurance more likely to use emergency department for urgent mental health care

BALTIMORE, Md. -- In the first study to compare mental health-related emergency department (ED) visits between children with and without autism spectrum disorders (ASD), researchers found that ED visits are nine times more likely to be for psychiatric reasons if a child has an ASD diagnosis.

Kennedy Krieger Institute Collaborates On Groundbreaking International Initiative To Advance Autism Research

September 24, 2012
Autism Brain Imaging Data Exchange (ABIDE) Represents Unprecedented Progress in Autism Research Community

Kennedy Krieger Institute and NYU Langone Medical Center announced today the creation of a new groundbreaking collaboration in autism research. The Autism Brain Imaging Data Exchange (ABIDE) is a database of brain scans from more than 15 leading international research institutions and academic medical centers. ABIDE was designed to advance scientific understanding of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) by allowing researchers to share autism data within the broader scientific community. The collaboration is led by NYU Langone and Kennedy Krieger Institute.

Research Discussion with ADHD Expert Dr. Stewart Mostofsky

July 2, 2012
Topic: Study finds brain neurotransmitter may be key in ADHD

Dr. Stewart MostofskyChildren diagnosed with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) have significantly lower concentrations of the main inhibitory neurotransmitter in the brain compared with typically developing children.

New Experiment Allows Rats with Spinal Cord Injuries to Walk and Climb

June 1, 2012
The International Center for Spinal Cord Injury at Kennedy Krieger Institute Releases a Statement about New Study published in Science

The recent article published in Science entitled "Restoring voluntary control of locomotion after paralyzing spinal cord injury" by van den Brand et al.1 is a great basic scientific demonstration of the degree of plasticity and endogenous re-organization both above and below the injury level associated with recovery.

Non-Invasive Brain Stimulation Shown to Impact Walking Patterns

June 1, 2012
Kennedy Krieger researchers believe tool has potential to help patients relearn to walk after brain injury

Baltimore, MD -- In a step towards improving rehabilitation for patients with walking impairments, researchers from the Kennedy Krieger Institute found that non-invasive stimulation of the cerebellum, an area of the brain known to be essential in adaptive learning, helped healthy individuals learn a new walking pattern more rapidly. The findings suggest that cerebellar transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) may be a valuable therapy tool to aid people relearning how to walk following a stroke or other brain injury.

New Study Shows Simple Task at Six Months of Age May Predict Risk of Autism

May 16, 2012
Kennedy Krieger Researchers Reveal New Findings on Earliest Signs of Motor Delay in Infants

BALTIMORE, MD -- A new prospective study of six-month-old infants at high genetic risk for autism identified weak head and neck control as a red flag for autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and language and/or social developmental delays. Researchers at the Kennedy Krieger Institute concluded that a simple "pull-to-sit" task could be added to existing developmental screenings at pediatric well visits to improve early detection of developmental delays.

New Data Show Children with Autism Bullied Three Times More Frequently than Their Unaffected Siblings

March 26, 2012
The Interactive Autism Network reports 63 percent of children with autism have been bullied

BALTIMORE, MD -- Today, the Interactive Autism Network (IAN), www.ianproject.org, the nation's largest online autism research initiative and a project of the Kennedy Krieger Institute, reports preliminary results of the first national survey to examine the impact of bullying on children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD).

Research Discussion with Interactive Autism Network (IAN) Community Scientific Liaison Dr. Connie Anderson

March 26, 2012
Topic: First-ever national survey to examine the impact of bullying on children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD)

Interactive Autism Network (IAN)The Interactive Autism Network (IAN) -- www.ianproject.org -- the nation's largest online autism research project headquartered at the Kennedy Krieger Institute, reported preliminary results of the first

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  • Research Discussion with Interactive Autism Network (IAN) Director Dr. Paul Law

    March 26, 2012
    Topic: Interactive Autism Network's 5-year anniversary

    Dr. Paul LawApril 2012 marks the fifth anniversary of the IAN Project -- www.ianproject.org -- which has connected tens of thousands of individuals on the autism spectrum and their families with researchers nationwide to accelerate the pace of autism research.

    New Study Shows Minority Toddlers with Autism are More Delayed than Affected Caucasian Peers

    February 21, 2012
    Increased Awareness Among Clinicians and Parents Could Lead to Earlier Diagnosis and Intervention for Minority Children with ASD

    BALTIMORE, Md. -- The first prospective study of ethnic differences in the symptoms of autism in toddlers shows that children from a minority background have more delayed language, communication and gross motor skills than Caucasian children with the disorder. Researchers at the Kennedy Krieger Institute concluded that subtle developmental delays may be going unaddressed in minority toddlers until more severe symptoms develop.

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