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March 13, 2023

Early Exposures to Phthalates Associated with ADHD Symptoms in Children with ASD

New Research Uses Data from the Childhood Autism Risks from Genetics and Environment (CHARGE) Study A new UC Davis MIND Institute study has found associations of phenol/parabens mixtures in urine samples of children with autism with increased ADHD symptoms, especially inattention. Predictably, these associations were more pronounced in males. The present study’s design included a […]

March 13, 2023

Prenatal Methylmercury Exposures Cause Autism-Like Behaviors in Rodents

Low-Dose Exposure Led to Impaired Communication, Reduced Sociability, and Repetitive Behaviors Canadian researchers have discovered that prenatal low-dose methylmercury (MeHg) exposure triggers autism-like behaviors in a rodent model. By studying adult mice that had been prenatally exposed to non-apoptotic (low dose) MeHg, the team noticed the mice exhibited key autism characteristics, including impaired communication, reduced […]

March 06, 2023

Community Shares | March 6th 2023

A recent research article indicates that children with ASD and GI symptoms have an immune system response imbalance that manifests in their circulating plasma cytokine levels. The author, Paul Ashwood, Ph.D., suggests that children with ASD and GI symptoms may be a subgroup of the disorder and that targeted treatments could be developed to help […]

March 06, 2023

Review Finds People with Autism Have a Higher Prevalence of Parkinsonism

A Higher Rate of Parkinson’s Disease Also Discovered in Older Adults with ASD Researchers from the University of Singapore have recently published a systematic review evaluating the clinical and genetic associations between autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and parkinsonian features. The team discovered that individuals with ASD have a higher prevalence of parkinsonism, including Parkinson’s disease […]

March 06, 2023

New ADDM Report Shows 11.6% of Kids with ASD Are Diagnosed After Age 8

Children of Hispanic Heritage Are More Likely to Receive a Late Diagnosis  The Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has recently released their first autism spectrum disorder (ASD) surveillance report focusing exclusively on adolescents. This research investigated diagnostic patterns, co-occurring conditions, and transition planning for 8–16-year-olds on the spectrum. The report used longitudinal population-based […]

February 27, 2023

Community Shares | February 27th 2023

Results from a new study have shown significant differences in attention to motherese speech between toddlers with and without autism. This research reported that neurotypical toddlers showed almost uniform attention to motherese speech, while toddlers on the spectrum demonstrated a wide range of attention levels to motherese speech. Some toddlers with autism had a high […]

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