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March 29, 2021

“Family Navigation” Assists At-Risk Children Receive Timely ASD Diagnoses and Services

New Approach Helps Vulnerable Families Overcome Barriers to Early Intervention As reported previously in SafeMinds Shares, autism rates have been increasing among the socioeconomically disadvantaged as well as in African American and Hispanic families.  Sadly, each of these groups tend to receive autism diagnoses and services later than other demographics. In order to address these […]

March 29, 2021

Infertility Rates Skyrocket While Exposures to Environmental Pollutants Remain Unabated

New Book Examines Dire Consequences of Rising Human Infertility  Earlier this month, the New York Times reviewed a new book chronicling the disturbing worldwide trend of rising infertility rates and the implication those rising rates have to the human race. Shanna Swan, PhD is an environmental and reproductive epidemiologist and also the author of Count […]

March 24, 2021

Community Shares | March 25th

Community Shares:  While prenatal maternal infection has received attention as a preventable and treatable risk factor for autism, findings have been inconsistent. A meta-analysis of 36 studies from researchers at Columbia University and The New York State Psychiatric Institute found the weight of the evidence supports such an association. The association varied little across the […]

March 24, 2021

Benefits and Pitfalls of Disclosing an Autism Diagnosis in the Workplace

New Study Examines Work Experiences of Employees on the Spectrum Does disclosing an autism spectrum disorder (ASD) diagnosis in the workplace open up individuals to better understanding from coworkers and management or does it end in discrimination?  A recent British study tackled this question when it examined employment experiences of adults with ASD. In order […]

March 24, 2021

UCSF, UC Berkeley and Genetech Partner Up to Develop Therapeutics for Brain Diseases

UCSF and UC Berkeley to Receive $53 Million in Funding Over the Next 10 Years A new long-term research collaboration between the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), UC Berkeley, and the biotech giant Genentech was announced last month in San Francisco. The partnership, named the Alliance for Therapies in Neuroscience (ATN), was funded by […]

March 24, 2021

Mitochondrial Energy Production Linked with Autism-Like Traits

Mice Study Shows Mutation in Mitochondrial DNA Exhibits Altered Brain Activity A new study has demonstrated that defects in the mitochondria of brain cells may be the root cause of autism spectrum disorder (ASD).  This compelling work was produced by researchers at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) and published online in the Proceedings of the […]

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