Research Articles

February 02, 2021

ADHD More Common in Children Whose Mothers Have Autoimmune Disorders

Symptoms of Autism and ADHD Often Coincide When the American Psychiatric Association updated their Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5) in 2013, dual diagnoses became permitted for the first time. For years, symptoms of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) have been recognized to overlap.  An estimated 30 to […]

January 25, 2021

In Utero Exposure of Ritodrine Associated with Increased Incidence of Autism

Korean Study Show Twice the ASD Risk of Exposed Group vs. Non Exposed Ritodrine is a prescription drug used to stop premature labor. The medication can also be used to manage asthma symptoms. In 1995, the United States discontinued the use of ritodrine for pregnant women due to dosage and efficacy problems. However, Korea continued […]

January 25, 2021

Biomarkers Identified in Father’s Sperm May Be Linked to Autism Risk in Offspring

Study Finds Paternal Age Not a Factor in Newly Identified Biomarkers  A new study from Washington State University has suggested that epigenetic biomarkers found in a father’s sperm may predict susceptibility of developing autism spectrum disorder (ASD) in his offspring. The study’s methodology involved recruiting 13 men who fathered children with ASD and 13 men […]

January 18, 2021

Screenings for ASD Sleep Issues in Children Not Robust Enough

Primary Care Providers Urged to Use Sleep Disturbance Index to Rate Severity of Sleep Problems Last year, a SafeMinds Shares article examined sleep pattern problems associated with autism. Our previous article reported that even though sleep issues are of critical importance, they are the least studied symptom on the spectrum. Now, a new brief report […]

January 18, 2021

Parental Preterm Birth and Low Birth Weight May Carry Autism Risk Factors

Yale Reports Parent’s Birth Abnormalities and Offspring’s Autism Could Be Linked New research from Yale’s School of Public Health has discovered that parents born very prematurely were nearly twice as likely to have children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) compared to parents who were born full term.  Published in the International Journal of Epidemiology,  this […]

January 10, 2021

Greater Risk of Substance Use Disorders for Adolescents with Autism

Individuals Treated with Prescription Drugs for Behaviors Have a Lower Risk for Substance Abuse A new study from Taiwan found that substance use disorder (SUD) was more prevalent in adolescents with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) than in sex-and age-matched nuerotypical controls. Additionally, this research discovered that individuals with autism who abuse alcohol or illicit drugs […]

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