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June 13, 2021

Heavy Smoking During Pregnancy Linked to Greater Odds of Autism in Offspring

Lighter Smoking Habits Associated with Weaker Odds A recently published study in the American Journal of Epidemiology examined the risk of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) in children born to mothers who smoked prior to and during their pregnancy. According to the research team responsible for this work, their study was the first in the United […]

June 13, 2021

FDA Authorizes Use of Machine Learning Software to Assist in Diagnosing Autism

Software Provided Diagnoses for 32% of Subjects in Trial Last fall, SafeMinds Shares reported that the pediatric behavioral health company, Cognoa, was working with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for clearance on their new software which uses artificial intelligence to assist in diagnosing autism in young children.  Last week, the company was given the […]

June 13, 2021

Trends in Medication Use to Manage Symptoms of Autism Comorbidities

Taking Several Drugs at Once Common for People on the Spectrum A new retrospective, population-based cohort study has analyzed prescription frequency and diagnoses of comorbidities among individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Published in JAMA Pediatrics, this study mined data through a nationwide managed health plan claims database from January 1, 2014 until December 31, […]

June 07, 2021

Community Shares | June 7th

Community Shares:  Autism Parenting Magazine looks at the connection between autism and dyslexia. Since many children display significant symptoms that are shared by these two distinct disorders, this article examines if it is possible that the two conditions can occur in the same individual. OCALI will be holding its national conference November 16-19. Register here […]

June 07, 2021

No Single Facet of Suicidality Among People with Autism Has Been Extensively Researched

Individuals with ASD Report Being Excluded from Services and Not Believed by Professionals A shocking new policy brief from the International Society for Autism Research (INSAR) unveils the “hidden crisis” of suicide in individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). In their report, INSAR reveals that people with autism are seven times more likely to die […]

June 07, 2021

The Elusive Nature of Memory for Individuals with Autism

Some Have Amazing Recall While Others Struggle Simply put, memory is the ability to encode, store and retrieve information. There are generally four types of memory: working memory, sensory memory, short-term memory and long-term memory (which includes autobiographical memory). Memory helps people function in their daily lives and relate to others. However, many children on […]

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