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May 08, 2022

Perinatal Exposure of Dioxin Associated with Atypical Eye Gaze Behavior

Dioxin Contamination Originated from the Use of Agent Orange in the Vietnam War From 1962 to 1971, the U.S. military implemented Operation Ranch Hand during the Vietnam War. The operation involved spraying a large quantity of Agent Orange, an herbicide which contains 2,3,7,8,-tetrachlorodibenzo-p-dioxin (TCDD), the most toxic congener of dioxin. Production of Agent Orange ended […]

May 08, 2022

Awareness of an Autism Diagnosis at a Younger Age Proves Beneficial

Study Reports that Learning about an ASD Dx Early May Lead to a Heightened Quality of Life For the first time, a research team (made up of autistic and non-autistic students and professors) has investigated if learning about an autism diagnosis at a younger age had a better outcome than finding out about an autism […]

May 02, 2022

Can Hug Machines Help Children with Autism Use Public Transportation?

Deep Pressure Provides a Calming Effect on People with ASD Last month, SafeMinds Shares included a report on research which demonstrated the calming effects that an inflatable arm hug machine provided children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Interestingly, follow up research has already been published that investigates the use of portable hug machines on public […]

May 02, 2022

Neuroplacentology: the Study of Connections Between the Placenta and Brain Disorders

New Area of Research Could Be Important for Autism Spectrum Magazine recently published a fascinating interview with Anna Penn, an associate professor of pediatrics at Columbia University who coined the term “neuroplacentology ” a decade ago.  Simply put, neuroplacentology is an emerging research area which explores the influences of the placenta on normal and pathological […]

May 02, 2022

Prenatal Maternal Autoimmune Disease Linked to a 16% Increased Risk of Mental Disorders in Offspring

Common Maternal Autoimmune Diseases Include Type 1 Diabetes, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Lupus, Multiple Sclerosis, and Psoriasis  A group of international researchers recently set out to answer the question, “Is prenatal maternal autoimmune disease associated with an increased long-term risk of mental disorders in offspring?” The study’s authors began their research by acknowledging that maternal immune activation […]

April 25, 2022

The Catastrophic Combination of Autism, Poverty, and Race on Health Outcomes

New Report Finds Over Half of Children with ASD Live in Low-Income Households  The Autism Intervention Network on Physical Health (AIR-P), a subdivision within UCLA Health’s Department of Medicine, has released a report examining the intersection of autism, poverty, and race/ethnicity. The report specifically looked at how this combination impacts health and health care of […]

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