Research Articles

April 12, 2021

Therapeutic Horseback Riding Programs Prove Beneficial for Children on the Spectrum

Improvements Detected in Social Interactions and Communication Animal-assisted interventions (AAI) have been viewed as an alternative therapeutic approach for children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Previous research has recognized AAI as a structured and goal-directed intervention that connects kids on the spectrum to nature, the environment, and animals.  Now, a new study out of China […]

April 12, 2021

Early Acetaminophen Exposure May Damage the Endocannabinoid System, Leading to ASD

Can Cannabinoid Treatment Help Fix the System and Lessen Autism Symptoms? An international team of scientists recently published a mini-review article which examined the relationship between dysregulation of the endocannabinoid system (ECS) and the development of autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Through a system of complex cell signals, the ECS assists in regulating sleep, mood, appetite, […]

April 12, 2021

Prenatal Environmental Exposures Linked to Long-Term Mitochondrial Changes in Children with Autism

Mitochondrial Dysfunction May Be Worst Offender of 3 Prenatal Physiological Abnormalities Linked to ASD A new review published in the Journal of Personalized Medicine suggests that mitochondrial dysfunction is the main source associated with prenatal physiological abnormalities related to autism spectrum disorder (ASD). There are three highly recognized prenatal physiological abnormalities affiliated with autism. The […]

March 29, 2021

Physically Fit Children Have Bigger Brains

Greater Amount of White Matter Linked to Superior Cognitive Performance An intriguing new Spanish study featured in the Scandinavian Journal of Medicine and Science in Sports has found that children with better physical fitness have larger brains than overweight or obese children. This discovery was made by a team of researchers from the University of […]

March 29, 2021

The Prevalence of Physicians with Disabilities in the United States

New Survey Estimates 3.1% of Doctors Self-Identify as Having a Disability American physicians spend a good amount of their time treating and caring for individuals with disabilities. But how many of these doctors themselves have a disability? That’s a question a research letter answers this month in an issue of JAMA Network Open. This pioneering […]

March 29, 2021

“Family Navigation” Assists At-Risk Children Receive Timely ASD Diagnoses and Services

New Approach Helps Vulnerable Families Overcome Barriers to Early Intervention As reported previously in SafeMinds Shares, autism rates have been increasing among the socioeconomically disadvantaged as well as in African American and Hispanic families.  Sadly, each of these groups tend to receive autism diagnoses and services later than other demographics. In order to address these […]

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