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March 07, 2022

Pharmacological Treatment Given in First Weeks of Life Prevents Symptoms of Autism

New Rodent Research Shows a Specific Window to Support Cerebellar Development  A study released last month shows that timing is critical when treating developmental disorders like autism.  Researchers from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center have discovered that blocking an overactive signaling pathway during the first five weeks of life prevents symptoms of autism […]

March 07, 2022

Specific RNA Biomarkers Linked to GI Issues Found in Children with ASD

Study’s Finding May Lead to Individualized Treatments to Ease GI Discomfort  Two researchers, one from the University of Missouri Thompson Center for Autism and Neurodevelopmental Disorders and the other from Penn State University, have recently discovered that children with autism who suffer from gastrointestinal issues have specific RNA biomarkers in their saliva. The pair’s new […]

February 28, 2022

Routine Prenatal Ultrasound May Identify Early Signs of Autism

Imaging Method Found Anomalies in the Heart, Kidneys, and Head of Fetuses Who Later Developed ASD  According to a new study from Israel, a routine prenatal ultrasound can identify early signs of autism spectrum disorder (ASD). To arrive at this intriguing conclusion, researchers surveyed data from hundreds of prenatal ultrasound scans from the fetal anatomy […]

February 28, 2022

Nonshared Environmental Factors Pose Risk for Neurodevelopmental Conditions

Study Uses Identical Twins to Investigate Environmental Influences on the Etiology of ASD  Nonshared environmental effects (NSE) are exposures unique to different children within the same family. NSE, or indicators of NSE, include prenatal factors such as gestational hypertension and diabetes, gestational bleeding, or maternal use of medications; perinatal factors such as breech presentation, fetal […]

February 28, 2022

Fecal Transplantation and Bifidobacterium Supplementation Show Promise in Reducing Austistic Behaviors

Rodent Study Demonstrates the Potential of Gut Microbiota-Targeted Therapeutics   By recognizing that an association between gut dysbiosis and autistic behavior has been established in rodents and human subjects, a team of researchers recently embarked on a study to investigate if fecal microbiota transplantation (FMT) or probiotic administration, such as Bifidobacteria, could provide therapeutic benefits for […]

February 21, 2022

An Autism or ADHD Diagnosis Comes with a Higher Risk of Mortality

All Cause Mortality Was More Than Double in Those with ASD or ADHD  New research has discovered that those with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) or attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) have a higher risk of mortality. This new systematic review and meta-analysis included 27 observational studies with a total of 642,260 individuals. Studies included in the […]

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