Research Articles

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

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

Acetaminophen Use in Pregnancy May Increase the Risk of Autism and ADHD

Children Prenatally Exposed to Drug 19% More Likely to Develop ASD A recent meta-analysis involving over 73,000 mother-child pairs from six European population centers has discovered that children exposed to acetaminophen in the womb were 19% more likely to end up with a diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and 21% more likely to exhibit […]

June 01, 2021

New Congressional Effort Urges Increased Spending on Autism

Federal Funding for Autism Lags Far Behind Spending for Alzheimer’s and AIDS In a rare bipartisan request, members of congress are calling for the federal government to raise its investment in autism-related research and services by spending an additional $150 million on the disorder. In a recent letter to the leaders of the U.S. House […]

June 01, 2021

Exercise Provides Beneficial Neurocognitive Effects for Children with Neurodevelopmental Disorders

Movement and Exertion Could Become a Treatment for Kids with Executive Dysfunction A new scientific research review article focusing on the effectiveness of exercise for children with neurodevelopmental disorders has recently been published in Neuroscience & Biobehavioral Review.  In this review, an international team of scientists highlight the potential benefits of exercise to support the […]

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