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Autism: Genome-Wide Hunt Reveals New Genetic Links

BALTIMORE, MD (ASRN.ORG)- About 90 percent of autism spectrum disorders have suspected genetic causes but few genes have been identified so far. Now, leading an international team, Johns Hopkins researchers have identified several genetic links to autism, chief among them a variant of semaphorin 5A, whose protein product controls nerve connections in the brain.

Room Design Can Enhance Patient Care

ROCHESTER, MI (ASRN.ORG)- The design of a consultation room can improve the quality of a visit to the physician's office. A collaborative research study developed by Nurture by Steelcase and Mayo Clinic, was conducted to understand the extent to which a consultation room designed to support present-day clinical encounters could affect the consultation between patients and clinicians.

Amid The Flu Epidemic, Don't Forget RSV In Young Children

BOSTON (ASRN.ORG)- Influenza, particularly H1N1, has understandably captured the attention of public health officials, the media and the public. However, an analysis from Children's Hospital Boston, based on patients seen in its emergency department (ED) during several recent flu seasons, shows that another virus - respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) -- takes a substantially greater disease toll among young children than does seasonal flu.

Three Patients Receive Compatible Kidneys in Unique 'Kidney Swap'

SCOTTSDALE, AZ (ASRN.ORG)- It began like many other days in Transplant at Mayo Clinic: Multiple transplants. Courageous people willing to donate their kidneys to loved ones in dire need. And grateful patients on the crest of a new chance at life.

Physicians Have Less Respect For Obese Patients, Study Suggests

BALTIMORE, MD (ASRN.ORG)- Doctors have less respect for their obese patients than they do for patients of normal weight, a new study by Johns Hopkins researchers suggests. The findings raise questions about whether negative physician attitudes about obesity could be affecting the long-term health of their heavier patients.


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