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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 […]

April 25, 2022

A Down Syndrome Advantage in Special Needs Parenting?

Study Finds that Marriages Dealing with Down Syndrome Have Less Stress than Marriages Managing Autism  Parenting a child with any type of developmental disability is generally recognized as a situation which causes varying levels of stress on mothers and fathers. Recently, new research has investigated how this additional stress affects special needs parents’ marriages. In […]

April 25, 2022

Increased Cancer Risk Before Age 30 Identified in Some Individuals with Autism

Risk Linked to Those Who Have Co-Occurring Intellectual Disability and/or Birth Defects  A study out of Sweden has discovered that individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) who have comorbid intellectual disability (ID) and/or birth defects were at a higher risk of developing cancer in early life (before age 30) compared to those without ASD. This […]

April 18, 2022

Drug Receives FDA Approval for Treating Schizophrenia and Bipolar Disorder

Medication Zeroes in on Managing Agitation Caused by Both Disorders BioXcel Therapeutics, a Connecticut-based biotech company, has just announced FDA approval of its lead program dexmedetomidine, a sublingual film that is taken orally. The drug, which will be known as Igalmi, was developed to treat agitation that is associated with schizophrenia and bipolar I or […]

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