Research Articles

July 17, 2020

Individuals with Developmental Disabilities May Suffer More Severe COVID Outcomes

As the global pandemic continues to grow, concerning news originating from SUNY Upstate Medical University shows that COVID-19 appears to pose a greater threat to people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD). The report published in Disability and Health Journal set out to compare COVID-19 outcomes among people with and without IDD through three different age spans.

July 16, 2020

Having an Aunt or Uncle with Autism May Put Children at Higher Risk of ASD

Risk estimated at 3 to 5 percent vs. 1.5 percent in general population – According to new research from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), a child who has a parent with a sibling on the spectrum is more likely to be diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) compared to the general population.

July 08, 2020

Autism and Eating Disorders Linked

New Study Identifies Which Issue Comes First – Research has proven that eating disorders and autism spectrum disorder (ASD) can occur comorbidly. Over the years, study after study after study has connected these two conditions. However, determining which disorder precedes the other had never been examined until now. New research from University College London (UCL) provides an answer to this question.

June 29, 2020

Racial Disparity Seen in ASD Prevalence Among Preschoolers in Swedish Immigrant Population

90% of Children Had a Mother Born in Africa or Asia – The Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders recently published a new study out of Sweden which examines the prevalence of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) in preschool children among the country’s migrant population. Estimated ASD prevalence for this cohort was, at a minimum, 3.5 times more than the non-immigrant Swedish population.

June 12, 2020

Multiple Studies Show Autism Rates Surging Worldwide

Researchers Still Stumped – Three large epidemiological studies released this spring show a continuing trend, autism rates are increasing, not just in the United States, but across the globe. Regrettably, researchers and scientists still do not understand why.

June 11, 2020

Autoantibodies and Autism, Is There a Connection?

New Study Points to an Association, Although More Research Needed – An ideal immune system recognizes foreign organisms (bacteria, viruses, parasites, and fungi) while efficiently and rapidly destroying these invaders. A second infection from the same foreign organism is prevented by a well-functioning immune system as it recalls the method to destroy the invader another time.

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