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New book, The Autism Revolution, offers hope, help for families

March 27, 2012
  • By Martha Herbert, MD

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Martha Herbert, MD,

Martha Herbert, M.D., is an assistant professor of neurology at Harvard Medical School and a pediatric neurologist at Massachusetts General Hospital, where she directs the TRANSCEND Research program. She also sits on the advisory committee for … See Full Bio
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May 19, 2012

The brain is very powerful, so I wouldn’t be surprised if all other symptoms are simply caused by brain. More scientists every day say how even allergies are triggered by brain

Kevin G
May 15, 2012

Have you heard about the breakthrough research involving a brain transplant of stem cells could offer hope for the treatment of both autism and Parkinson’s disease?

The study is from Harvard University, has already proven successful with mice. Scientists transferred healthy stem cells from mouse embryos into the brains of adult mice who were unable to use leptin, a hormone that tells the body when to stop eating. You should check it out when you have a chance I think you’ll really like the article.

nando eriawan
April 21, 2012

good information, it’s really informative article. I’m sure the book also really useful for those who got autism. and I hope that harvard will publish an article about more update autism info

April 20, 2012

My son was diagnosed with Aspergers Syndrome in August of 2008. Since then I have been on a mission to learn all that I can about this challenge he has. I really hate using the term disability because, in my opinion, he is just different – not disabled. There has been a lot of discussion lately about whether to do away with the term Aspergers Syndrome and just use the Autism diagnosis instead. There are pros and cons to both but I am leaning towards no.
my daily life with him

Kathy Silverstein
April 9, 2012

I like your focus on the whole body in treating autism. It is very clear to me that there is much else that is going on besides just the social and sensory deficits that we call autism. Gastrointestinal problems are so common with those with autism. What causes this? Maybe it’s a clue. Other comorbidities like ADD, OCD and Tourette’s are also very common. What does that tell us? Also, more studies of environmental influences on the development of autism that were not funded by special interest groups would be very helpful.

I believe all body systems are interconnected, and if you help one, you can only be helping the other. I am a 28 year old with Asperger’s, and I like teaching others more about Asperger’s and autism. For those who want to learn more about Asperger’s, this is a site I have found useful

I will look into the book.

April 5, 2012

Congratulations excellent news

May 8, 2012

You can get surgery wiohutt health insurance. Health Insurance would pay for medication after the surgery would cover your medical bills shuld there be an infection resulting from the surgery.

April 4, 2012

Very interesting the educational process in the U.S. a shame that my country Brazil did not follow the same example.

April 4, 2012

Very informative and good writed

April 4, 2012

Good article, very interesting.

Andrew Estavan
April 4, 2012

I am a 27 year old male and have a thick athletic build. In the past year since my child was born I put on some weight, not bad, about 25 pounds. For me this isn’t horrible, but I don’t like it. I’m 5’11” and 235 at the moment, but as previously stated, I have quite a bit of muscle. I tend to be really comfortable from 200 to 210. I want to shed some excess weight. I have recently began my exercise routine but want to speed the process some. I have read some about Phen375 and am curious to hear some honest, un compensated reviews or advice on this product. I’m ready to get back to the old me again. Also, how do you feel about kettlebells? Thanks ahead of time!!!!!

Tina Rigdon
March 29, 2012

Is there not a study or several that show a link between autism and down syndrome? The share the same lack of sophistication and complexity in their actions.

March 29, 2012


While they both include some form of deficiency, those deficiencies tend to be quite different between Autism and Downs…

In fact, a person on the Autism spectrum may have near genius level intelligence in certain areas — but not be able to relate to you or hold a conversation that you would want to participate in…

March 29, 2012

I continue to be puzzeled by the fact that although at least 80% of all those diagnosed with autism are male, that researchers continue to ignore the obvious connection and keep looking for other causes…

That is: Autism is quite obviously as much a male disease as breast cancer is a female disease. Testosterone creates the male and it affects the brain as well as the body. So why do both the medical and the research communites ignore that fact and continue to look elsewhere for the causes?

Could it be that it is not politically correct to admit that sex hormones actually create differences — both postive and negative?

March 29, 2012

Very informative read. Thanks for the effort in sharing this.

Ivan Paunovic
March 27, 2012

The brain is very powerful, so I wouldn’t be surprised if all other symptoms are simply caused by brain. More scientists every day say how even allergies are triggered by brain.

Lucy Walker
March 27, 2012

What a great article, thank-you.

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