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Tuesday, May 27, 2014

A small study has shown that children with severe autism have problems with infection-fighting cells called granulocytes. Their granulocytes are less efficient at fighting infection than the same cells in children who don't have autism. The granulocytes of the children with autism had a dysfunction in the mitochondria, the part of the cell that generates energy, among other things.

Monday, February 24, 2014

Mothers of children with autism use different parenting techniques than mothers of children who don't have the developmental disorder, according to a new study. When parenting a child with autism, the moms rely less on discipline to enforce rules and more on reinforcing desired behaviors, which the researchers called "positive parenting."