Research Articles

January 31, 2022

Improving Medical Care for Those with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

Patients with IDD Often Avoid Check Ups and Preventative Care  SafeMinds Shares recently featured a brief Community Shares report on a new study which demonstrated that doctors know very little about the Americans with Disabilities Act and the accommodations they should be providing their patients with disabilities under the law. Fortunately, this issue is gathering […]

January 31, 2022

The Relationship Between Substance Use Disorder and Autism

1 in 5 Young Adults Treated for Addiction May Have Undiagnosed Traits of ASD  A recent paper published in The American Journal of Addictions is the first to examine the prevalence of previously undiagnosed traits of autism among teens and young adults with substance use disorders. The study’s results showed that among participants (average age […]

January 31, 2022

Individuals with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities at Risk for Severe COVID-19 Outcomes

Patients with Autism Spectrum Disorders Had Longer Hospital Stays  According to a new analysis published in the International Journal of Infectious Diseases, patients hospitalized with COVID-19 who have intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) are at increased risk for severe COVID-19 outcomes compared to patients without IDD. The study investigated hospitalized COVID-19 patients, with IDD and […]

January 24, 2022

Economic Evaluation of School-Based LEGO Therapy

Report Shows Therapy Marginally Decreased Service Costs While Improving Quality of Life In 2003, clinical neuropsychologist Dr. Daniel LeGoff experimented with the thought of developing a social skills therapy utilizing LEGO bricks. He came up with this idea due to the natural attraction children with autism have to the brightly colored building toys. A year […]

January 24, 2022

Is Early Life Exposure to Air Pollution Associated with the Onset of Autism?

Review Searches for Vulnerable Subpopulations In the past decade and a half, more than 30 papers have examined the link between air pollution and the risk of autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Recently, a new systematic review has examined 19 of these papers in an effort to investigate how ASD susceptibility to air pollution varied among […]

January 24, 2022

Microbiome’s Influence on the Etiology of Autism is Far From Settled

New Response Suggests “Picky Eating” Isn’t Only Reason for Differences in Gut Microbiota An Australian study released last November claimed that gut health was in “no way a cause of why the brain develops differently” in individuals with autism. Moreover, lead author Chloe Yap and her colleagues concluded in their study that any observed microbiome […]

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