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January 01, 2024

Community Shares | January 1st 2024

A new study has explored the association between common immune-mediated and cardiometabolic conditions during pregnancy and neurodevelopmental outcomes in children. The results showed that asthma and obesity were independently associated with a higher likelihood of child ASD. Women with both asthma and obesity had substantially more chances of delivering infants who were later diagnosed with […]

January 01, 2024

New Research Shows that Deep-Brain Stimulation Improves Cognitive Function in People with TBIs

Earlier Treatment Studies Demonstrated Improvements in Chronic Depression A small, phase 1 clinical trial has shown that deep-brain stimulation via implanted electrodes can improve cognitive function in individuals who have experienced traumatic brain injuries years or decades earlier. The current trial’s design included placing electrodes in the brains of five individuals with moderate to severe […]

January 01, 2024

In-Utero Exposure to Heavy Metals Linked to Autism and Atypical Neurodevelopment

Cadmium and Cesium Shown to Be Particularly Problematic to Development Researchers from several American universities, including the MIND Institute, have recently measured maternal urinary metal levels during two different time points in pregnancy. The research team then examined the relationship between these levels and their influence on autism spectrum disorder (ASD) or non-typical development in […]

December 18, 2023

Community Shares | December 18th 2023

A recent study has examined whether exposure to a mixture of six phthalate metabolites during pregnancy is associated with autism spectrum disorder (ASD)-related behaviors in children. The authors used data from two prospective pregnancy and birth cohorts – the Health Outcomes and Measures of the Environment (HOME) and the Early Autism Risk Longitudinal Investigation (EARLI) […]

December 18, 2023

Exposure to PBDEs Affects Immune Cell Functioning in Children with Autism

Research Highlights the Associations Between Immune Response of Environmental Toxicants and Neurodevelopment A recent MIND Institute study has found that exposure to the environmental toxicant polybrominated diphenyl ether (PBDE ) affects immune cell function differently in children with autism compared to neurotypical children. PBDEs are a class of chemicals added to certain manufactured products to […]

December 17, 2023

Study Ties Maternal Autoimmune Disease with the Risk of ASD in Offspring

Findings Show that Children Whose Mothers Have Sjogren’s Syndrome or Rheumatoid Arthritis Have a Higher Cumulative Risk of Autism Researchers from Taiwan recently investigated the association between prenatal exposure to maternal autoimmune disease and the risk of autism spectrum disorders (ASD) in offspring. The study used data from Taiwan’s National Health Insurance Database and Taiwan’s […]

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