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August 22, 2022

Placentation Syndromes Associated with Increased Rates of Autism

Defective Placentas Could Cause Improper Brain Development, Brain Injury, Increased Inflammatory Response Due to a Dysregulated Immune System, and Oxidative Stress Defective placentation describes several syndromic manifestations that can adversely affect fetal brain development. These conditions include placental abruption, term preeclampsia with a small-for-gestational-age (SGA) infant, preterm preeclampsia, and spontaneous preterm birth. A recent Swedish […]

August 22, 2022

Community Shares | August 22nd 2022

Community Shares: New research, which included parent-reported data on over 17,000 individuals with autism, has discovered substantial variability in the average ages of developmental milestone acquisition for individuals on the spectrum. The study’s authors found developmental delays increased with co-occurring intellectual disability, the presence of genetic variants associated with neurodevelopmental disorders, earlier autism diagnosis, and […]

August 12, 2022

Community Shares | August 15th 2022

Community Shares:  Researchers from Norway have discovered that children of foreign-born mothers have more than a seven times higher chance of developing autism than Norwegian children whose mothers were born within the country. This new study involved 142 children aged 2-6 years old with an autism diagnosis in Sør-Trøndelag in mid-Norway from 2016-2019. Information was […]

August 12, 2022

Insufficient Sleep Could Harm Developing Brains

Less Than 9 Hours of Sleep Can Cause Changes in Children’s Memory, Intelligence, and Well-Being New research from the University of Maryland School of Medicine has found that elementary school students who get less than nine hours of sleep each night exhibit notable differences in specific brain regions compared to those who get the advised […]

August 12, 2022

Air Pollution and Stress in Tandem During Pregnancy Linked to ASD

Gestational Exposure to Smog and Tension Altered Brain Connections in Male but Not Female Mice Fifteen years ago, a young sailor named Carina Block was pregnant with her first child. Her demanding and stressful job overseas in the Navy regularly exposed her jet exhaust fumes. Carina gave birth to a healthy little girl. However, at […]

August 08, 2022

Human Breast Milk Bacterium Could Balance Susceptible Adults’ Microbiome

B. infantis Provides Benefits to the Microbiome without Using Antibiotics to Kill Existing Microbes Many adults suffer from disorders related to imbalances in their gut microbiome, such as Crohn’s disease and inflammatory bowel disease. Even neurodevelopmental disorders like autism have been linked to gut microbiome imbalances. Finding ways to introduce new, helpful bacteria to support […]

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