Research Articles

February 28, 2022

Routine Prenatal Ultrasound May Identify Early Signs of Autism

Imaging Method Found Anomalies in the Heart, Kidneys, and Head of Fetuses Who Later Developed ASD  According to a new study from Israel, a routine prenatal ultrasound can identify early signs of autism spectrum disorder (ASD). To arrive at this intriguing conclusion, researchers surveyed data from hundreds of prenatal ultrasound scans from the fetal anatomy […]

February 28, 2022

Nonshared Environmental Factors Pose Risk for Neurodevelopmental Conditions

Study Uses Identical Twins to Investigate Environmental Influences on the Etiology of ASD  Nonshared environmental effects (NSE) are exposures unique to different children within the same family. NSE, or indicators of NSE, include prenatal factors such as gestational hypertension and diabetes, gestational bleeding, or maternal use of medications; perinatal factors such as breech presentation, fetal […]

February 28, 2022

Fecal Transplantation and Bifidobacterium Supplementation Show Promise in Reducing Austistic Behaviors

Rodent Study Demonstrates the Potential of Gut Microbiota-Targeted Therapeutics   By recognizing that an association between gut dysbiosis and autistic behavior has been established in rodents and human subjects, a team of researchers recently embarked on a study to investigate if fecal microbiota transplantation (FMT) or probiotic administration, such as Bifidobacteria, could provide therapeutic benefits for […]

February 21, 2022

An Autism or ADHD Diagnosis Comes with a Higher Risk of Mortality

All Cause Mortality Was More Than Double in Those with ASD or ADHD  New research has discovered that those with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) or attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) have a higher risk of mortality. This new systematic review and meta-analysis included 27 observational studies with a total of 642,260 individuals. Studies included in the […]

February 21, 2022

Signs of Autism Can Be Identified Earlier Than Previously Expected

Timely Diagnosis Leads to Earlier Treatment Leading to Better Developmental Outcomes According to two recent studies, signs of autism can be identified earlier than researchers previously thought. These new pieces of research even indicate that children under one year of age may display signs of the disorder. Both of these new studies were led by […]

February 21, 2022

Changes in the Amygdala Linked to Anxiety in Individuals with Autism

The MIND Institute Now Recognizes a Distinct Autism-Related Type of Anxiety The amygdala is a small, almond-shaped structure found deep within the temporal lobe of the brain. It plays a role in processing emotion and fear and has been associated to both autism and anxiety. Now, a long-term study involving hundreds of brain scans has […]

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