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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 […]

December 07, 2020

New Report Examines Health and Healthcare for People with ASD

National Autism Indicators Report Includes Health Information Across the Lifespan The A.J. Drexel Autism Institute recently published it’s sixth report in the National Autism Indicators Report series, which gave a comprehensive picture of what health and healthcare look like for individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD)  across the lifespan. Overall, the Drexel researchers found that […]

December 07, 2020

Infants Born Via C-Section Have Higher Risk of Infections During Early Childhood

Missed Opportunity For Microbiome Foundation May Influence Immune Development  A recent international study published in PLoS Medicine discovered that babies born via cesarean section were hospitalized more often in early childhood for infection compared to infants delivered vaginally. This increased risk remained until the children turned 5 years old. The most common infections observed in […]

December 07, 2020

Government Report Details Special Education Struggles During Pandemic

Delivering Related Services to Students at Home Proved Extremely Difficult  The U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) recently issued a report fulfilling their monitoring and oversight responsibilities under last March’s CARES Act. In this report, the GAO examined challenges and experience gained during last spring’s distance learning due to COVID-19. The research team studied two vulnerable […]

December 07, 2020

Families View Mask Order as Discriminatory Against Students in Special Education

Attorneys Feel San Diego Unified’s Policy May Violate Federal Disability Law Sensory defensiveness, a hallmark of autism, makes wearing a face mask a near impossibility for some individuals with the disorder. This is the case for a 5-year-old boy who has been diagnosed with both an intellectual disability and autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Unfortunately his […]

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