Research Articles

October 30, 2023

Participation in Organized Extracurricular Social Activities Is Challenging for Kids with ASD

Study Calls for Activities to Be More Inclusive and Accessible for Children on the Spectrum New Australian research has comprehensively examined organized extracurricular social activities (OESA) participation for children with autism compared to neurotypical children across three levels of participation. In the study, level one participation represented fully engaged children, level two represented partially engaged […]

October 30, 2023

Inflammatory Conditions During Pregnancy Linked to Increased Risk of Autism in Offspring

Moms with Asthma Were 62% More Likely to Deliver an Infant Later Diagnosed with ASD, Moms with Obesity 51% Liklier New research from Kaiser Permanente has found that mothers with asthma or obesity during pregnancy were more likely to have children later diagnosed with autism. The current study analyzed the medical records of mothers who […]

October 23, 2023

Glutathione and GABA Levels Appear Normal in Kids with Autism

Authors Note that Studying GSH and GABA Levels for ASD Subgroups Could Be Warranted Researchers from the Kennedy Krieger Institute recently set out to investigate the levels of cerebral glutathione (GSH) and gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA) in children with autism using edited spectroscopy. Altered neurometabolite levels, including GSH and GABA, have been proposed as potential contributors […]

October 23, 2023

Post-Mortem Study Links Brain Inflammation to Autism and Schizophrenia

Sample Donors Had Experienced Inflammation from Encephalitis and Severe Asthma Attacks Neuroscientists from the University of Maryland have discovered how inflammation in the brain during early childhood can affect human brain cells and their development, offering a potential mechanism for the link between inflammation and neurodevelopmental disorders such as autism and schizophrenia. The authors conducted […]

October 09, 2023

Children with Autism Have a Higher Body Lead Burden than Neurotypical Controls

Increased Levels Found in Hair, Blood, and Urine in Kids with ASD According to a new systematic review and meta-analysis, children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) have higher lead (Pb) levels in their hair, whole blood, and urine compared to neurotypical control children. This finding suggests that Pb exposure might be a contributing factor to […]

October 02, 2023

People with Autism Face Increasing Risks of Chronic Physical Health Conditions

Conditions Occur Across All Organ Systems, Including the Brain, Gastrointestinal Tract and Endocrine System A study led by researchers at the University of Cambridge has found that individuals with autism have higher rates of chronic physical health conditions and are more likely to have complex health needs than previously thought. The study, published in the […]

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