Research Articles

December 14, 2020

Maternal Vitamin D Deficiency Linked to Autism in Male Offspring

Findings from an Australian Study May Explain Why ASD is More Common in Boys than Girls A new study published in Molecular Autism suggests that maternal vitamin D deficiency could be the reason that autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is more than four times more common in boys than girls. Researchers from the Queensland Brain Institute […]

December 07, 2020

New Report Examines Health and Healthcare for People with ASD

National Autism Indicators Report Includes Health Information Across the Lifespan The A.J. Drexel Autism Institute recently published it’s sixth report in the National Autism Indicators Report series, which gave a comprehensive picture of what health and healthcare look like for individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD)  across the lifespan. Overall, the Drexel researchers found that […]

December 07, 2020

Infants Born Via C-Section Have Higher Risk of Infections During Early Childhood

Missed Opportunity For Microbiome Foundation May Influence Immune Development  A recent international study published in PLoS Medicine discovered that babies born via cesarean section were hospitalized more often in early childhood for infection compared to infants delivered vaginally. This increased risk remained until the children turned 5 years old. The most common infections observed in […]

December 07, 2020

Government Report Details Special Education Struggles During Pandemic

Delivering Related Services to Students at Home Proved Extremely Difficult  The U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) recently issued a report fulfilling their monitoring and oversight responsibilities under last March’s CARES Act. In this report, the GAO examined challenges and experience gained during last spring’s distance learning due to COVID-19. The research team studied two vulnerable […]

December 07, 2020

Gut Dysbiosis Found in One Triplet with ASD

Other Two Neurotypical Triplet Siblings Had a Healthy Gut Microbiome The link between gastrointestinal symptoms and autism has long been established. Numerous prior published studies have shown significant differences between the gut functioning of children with autism to non-autistic controls.  Recently, a new report from scientists at the Wake Forest School of Medicine had an […]

November 30, 2020

Mayo Clinic Links Antibiotic Use in Infancy to Autism

Association Affected by Frequency, Type and Timing New research published in Mayo Clinic Proceedings found that infants and toddlers who were given antibiotics were more likely to develop serious health conditions later in childhood. The Mayo Clinic research team investigated over 14,000 children born in Olmsted County, Minnesota. Seventy percent of these children received at […]

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