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June 21, 2021

AAP Urges Pediatricians to Stop Certain Clinical Tests for Kids with Autism

Association Claims No Need for Metal, Mineral, or Environmental Toxin Assessments The American Academy of Pediatrics’ Council on Environmental Health has urged pediatricians and families across the country to stop using several clinical tests for children with autism and other related disabilities. This recommendation, among others, is included within a broader campaign called “Choosing Wisely,” […]

June 13, 2021

Community Shares | June 15th

Community Shares: New York Assemblyman Angelo Santabarbara helped pass a legislative package which removed employment barriers for individuals with autism. His legislation aims to remedy the 75%-85% unemployment rate for adults with autism and urge New York companies to set up a more inclusive workplace. A new study shows that individuals with autism often have […]

June 13, 2021

Modifications to Interoception Sensory Questionnaire Help Individuals with ASD

Reduced Number of Questions Resulted in a Better Experience for Test Subjects The human body has eight different sensory systems: visual, auditory, olfactory (smell), gustatory (taste), tactile (touch), vestibular (sense of head movement in space),   proprioceptive (sensations from muscles and joints), and interoception. We learn about the first five sensory systems in basic science […]

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, […]

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