Research Articles

May 29, 2023

Research Finds Oxytocin to Induce Labor Is Not Linked to Autism Spectrum Disorder

New International Study Suggests Previous Research Finding an Association Was Flawed A joint population-based retrospective cohort study from researchers in Canada and Israel has found that inducing labor through oxytocin administration does not increase the risk of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) in offspring. The current study’s design examined nine different exposure groups from the two […]

May 22, 2023

Mental Health Concerns Are Prevalent in Children with Neurodevelopmental Conditions

Study Finds Over 1/3 of Children with NDCs Had Mental Health Needs, Females Reported Increased Internalizing Symptoms Compared to Males Researchers from Australia recently set out to evaluate mental health concerns in children with neurodevelopmental conditions (NDCs) who were attending their first developmental assessment at a publicly-funded diagnostic assessment service. In total, their study included […]

May 15, 2023

Investigating the Fever Effect on Children with Autism

New Finding Shows Kids Exposed to Maternal Immune Activation and Later GI Dysfunction May Experience Behavioral Improvements During Fever Episodes Israeli scientists recently set out to investigate the intriguing fever effect phenomenon that some children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) display. When neurotypical people develop a fever, they typically feel achy, tired, and grumpy. However, […]

April 03, 2023

Children with Autism Are More Likely to Be Diagnosed with Psychiatric Comorbidities

Anxiety Disorder Developed in Late Childhood Can Lead to Subsequent Psychiatric Conditions A longitudinal follow-up study examining the mental health of children and adolescents with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) has recently been published in Journal of Affective Disorders. The authors used the Taiwan National Health Insurance Research Database to analyze records of 13,382 children and […]

March 23, 2023

CDC Reports: 1 in 36 American Children Have Autism

4% of Boys and 1% of Girls Aged 8 Years Now Have the Disorder The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has just released its latest prevalence rate estimates for autism spectrum disorder (ASD). The CDC reports that 1 in 36 or 2.8% of American 8-year-olds has an autism diagnosis. This rate is a […]

March 06, 2023

New ADDM Report Shows 11.6% of Kids with ASD Are Diagnosed After Age 8

Children of Hispanic Heritage Are More Likely to Receive a Late Diagnosis  The Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has recently released their first autism spectrum disorder (ASD) surveillance report focusing exclusively on adolescents. This research investigated diagnostic patterns, co-occurring conditions, and transition planning for 8–16-year-olds on the spectrum. The report used longitudinal population-based […]

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