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January 18, 2021

Microbiome Research Roundtable Webinar with Julie Matthews

Thursday, Jan 21st, 11:00 am Pacific online on Zoom Topics Include:  The importance of the microbiome for gastrointestinal health How food and diet affects the microbiome and gut health Research on the microbiome in autism Microbiome testing and the use of customized probiotics And how to get involved in the research trial that is going […]

January 18, 2021

Screenings for ASD Sleep Issues in Children Not Robust Enough

Primary Care Providers Urged to Use Sleep Disturbance Index to Rate Severity of Sleep Problems Last year, a SafeMinds Shares article examined sleep pattern problems associated with autism. Our previous article reported that even though sleep issues are of critical importance, they are the least studied symptom on the spectrum. Now, a new brief report […]

January 18, 2021

Parental Preterm Birth and Low Birth Weight May Carry Autism Risk Factors

Yale Reports Parent’s Birth Abnormalities and Offspring’s Autism Could Be Linked New research from Yale’s School of Public Health has discovered that parents born very prematurely were nearly twice as likely to have children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) compared to parents who were born full term.  Published in the International Journal of Epidemiology,  this […]

January 18, 2021

Achieving Optimum Oral Health for Kids with ASD Proves Extremely Challenging

Collaborations Between Dentists and Occupational Therapists May Make Dental Visits Easier  Oral care for adults and children with autism can be a struggle due to issues related to the disorder.  Sensory defensiveness, uncooperative behaviors, and communication problems can make oral care and dental appointments extremely difficult. A new study published in the International Journal of […]

January 10, 2021

New Stimulus Package Fails to Provide Proper Assistance for the Disability Community

Congress Ignores Requests for Extra Funding to Keep Individuals with Disabilities Safer During COVID  The new $900 Billion stimulus relief package signed into law at the end of December has once again failed to provide appropriate support for many Americans with disabilities. Similar to last March’s $2 Trillion CARES Act, adults with disabilities who are […]

January 10, 2021

Greater Risk of Substance Use Disorders for Adolescents with Autism

Individuals Treated with Prescription Drugs for Behaviors Have a Lower Risk for Substance Abuse A new study from Taiwan found that substance use disorder (SUD) was more prevalent in adolescents with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) than in sex-and age-matched nuerotypical controls. Additionally, this research discovered that individuals with autism who abuse alcohol or illicit drugs […]

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