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August 07, 2023

Community Shares | August 7th 2023

A study led by Kaiser Permanente has found an association between autism-related traits in children and mothers who experienced depression while pregnant. Using data from the Environmental influences of Child Health Outcomes (ECHO) program, researchers found that children whose mothers had prenatal depression were more likely to exhibit social, communication and behavioral issues. The study […]

August 07, 2023

Another Study Concludes that Labor Epidural Analgesia Is Linked to Autism

Fickle Findings from Recent Research Leave Parents Wondering Which Results Are Correct Over the past three years, SafeMinds has covered five studies investigating epidural anesthesia use during labor and its neurodevelopmental effect on offspring. The results of these studies have been inconsistent, with one study finding a direct association between epidurals and autism, one finding […]

August 07, 2023

University Attendance Reduces Autistic Traits for Students on the Spectrum

Reduction Most Likely Due to Newly Gained Attention Switching Skills A study conducted by researchers at Bar-Ilan University, Israel, discovered that students with autism reported a decrease in their self-reported autistic traits after attending university for one academic year. This new research found a robust reduction in autism trait levels in three out of five […]

July 31, 2023

Community Shares | July 31st 2023

New research from Japan focused on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on early childhood development. The study revealed that children who went through the pandemic were 4.39 months behind in overall development at age 5 years; however, such a negative association was not observed in development at age 3 years. The negative estimate at […]

July 31, 2023

Healthy Relationships Virtual Course for Adults on the Spectrum

Classes Are Designed to Help Adults with ASD Struggling with Dating and Making Friends A new virtual course called HEARTS, or Healthy Relationships on the Autism Spectrum, has been designed for adults with autism who struggle with dating and making friends due to hidden nuances related to their diagnosis. A professor and chair of occupational […]

July 31, 2023

Prenatal Exposure to Lead Negatively Affects the Gut Microbiome in Childhood

Study’s Authors Identify the Second Trimester as a Critical Exposure Window New research from the Icahn School of Medicine analyzed pilot microbiome data from the Programming Research in Obesity, Growth, Environment and Social Stressors (PROGRESS) cohort based in Mexico City to examine associations between prenatal lead (Pb) exposure and gut microbiome composition and function in […]

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