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December 19, 2022

Community Shares | December 19th 2022

The Institute on Disabilities at Temple University recently posted a TikTok video that features a step-by-step guide to conscientious wrapping for individuals with fine motor or motor planning issues. So far, it has received more than 1.8 million views and 216,000 likes. The video shows how to wrap presents using an “easily reachable” loop made […]

December 19, 2022

Experts Tell ASD Parents, “Be Aware and Be Prepared” for the Holidays

Flexibility Seen as Key to Enjoying the Holiday Season Experts from the Huntsman Mental Health Institute at the University of Utah recently published advice to assist autism parents to deal with the challenges that the holiday season can cause their children. The team identified three significant holiday issues and offered suggestions to help with each […]

December 19, 2022

Review Highlights Recent Findings of Innate Immune Dysfunction in ASD

Findings Show Aberrant Innate Cellular Function, Neuroinflammation, and Microglia Activation Could Lead to Irregular Neurodevelopment Researchers from the MIND Institute at UC Davis recently published a comprehensive review presenting current findings of innate immune dysfunction found in autism spectrum disorder (ASD). The authors found growing evidence that innate immune dysfunction plays a role in the […]

December 19, 2022

Harmful Impacts of Mercury Exposure through Skin-Lightening Creams

Minimata Convention Prohibits Lightening Products with Hg above 1 ppm–Most Countries are Unaware of Regulation In 2020, skin-lightening products were added to The Minamata Convention on Mercury (Article 4), prohibiting the manufacturing, importing, or exporting of lightening products containing mercury concentrations over 1 ppm. Unfortunately, many countries are unaware of this ban, resulting in the […]

December 12, 2022

Community Shares | December 12th 2022

A randomized clinical trial has discovered that oral butyrate can effectively treat pediatric obesity. This trial involved two groups of overweight children ages 5 to 17. A treatment group was given a daily oral butyrate supplement, while the control group was provided a placebo. At the end of the six-month trial, body mass index (BMI) […]

December 12, 2022

Individuals with ASD and Exceptional Cognitive Abilities Are at a Higher Risk of Suicidal Ideation

Higher IQ Is a Protective Factor Against Suicidal Behavior for Neurotypical Individuals but Not for Those on the Spectrum A study from the University of Iowa that utilized multiple estimates of intellectual capacity (clinical, behaviorally predicted, and polygenic propensity) has determined that higher cognitive ability is significantly associated with more suicidal thoughts in children with […]

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