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December 14, 2020

Maternal Vitamin D Deficiency Linked to Autism in Male Offspring

Findings from an Australian Study May Explain Why ASD is More Common in Boys than Girls A new study published in Molecular Autism suggests that maternal vitamin D deficiency could be the reason that autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is more than four times more common in boys than girls. Researchers from the Queensland Brain Institute […]

December 14, 2020

New 24-Hour COVID Support Line for People with Developmental Disabilities

Free Telehealth Line Delivers Support, Guidance and Referrals Project Connect is a recently launched COVID-19 helpline for individuals with intellectual disabilities and their caregivers. The support line was developed through a special partnership between the Arc of California and the Stony Brook University School of Social Welfare. Staffed by Stony Brook graduate students who are […]

December 14, 2020

New Federal Restrictions for Service Animals on Planes

Only Dogs Trained to Aid People with Disabilities Will Now Be Considered Service Animals The U.S. Department of Transportation is firming up their new regulations that specify which animals classify as service animals under the Air Carrier Access Act. According to these new rules, emotional support animals will no longer qualify as service animals for […]

December 14, 2020

How to Manage Anxiety in Children with a Dual Diagnosis of ASD & OCD

Autism Parenting Magazine Offers 6 Helpful Tips At least 17% of children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) also have a diagnosis of obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD). Other studies report that the percentage of children who hold a dual diagnosis of ASD and OCD may actually be higher, around 37%. For parents raising a child with […]

December 14, 2020

Abnormal Folate Receptor Autoimmunity, Oxidative Stress, and Cerebral Spinal Fluid Findings in Children with Severe Infantile Autism

ASD Subjects Showed High Levels of Autoantibodies and Oxidative Stress but Low Levels of Serotonin A new study published in the Autism Research Journal has identified more compelling evidence that folate receptor (FR) autoantibodies, oxidative stress, and abnormal brain serotonin levels are biomarkers not only common in autism, but also exhibited in severe infantile autism. […]

December 07, 2020

Duke University Develops Innovative Screening App for Autism

New Tool Uses AI and Computer Vision to Assess Reactions and Behaviors The Duke Center for Autism and Brain Development has created a new app which aims to make screening for autism in infants and young children easier. The screening app involves presenting stimuli on a video screen that can elicit autism-like behaviors in susceptible […]

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