Research Articles

July 12, 2021

Presentation of Suicidal Thoughts and Behaviors in Adults with Autism

Life Transitions and Interpersonal Conflicts Common Antecedents for Suicidal Ideation  An exploratory study out of Canada is the first to examine clinical presentations of suicidal thoughts and behaviors (STB) in adults with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). In order to conduct this study, a research team performed a retrospective chart review of visits to a psychiatric […]

July 12, 2021

Lead Lingers in London After 22 Years of Leaded Fuel Ban

Up to 40% of Lead in Airborne Particles Come from Dirty Gasoline Legacy  When London banned leaded gasoline in 1999, the city’s air quality improved dramatically. London currently meets the United Kingdom’s air quality standards. However, according to new research, airborne particles found in the city are still heavily lead-enriched. In a recent study, published […]

July 12, 2021

Antidepressants Deemed Safe During Pregnancy for Mother and Baby

Although Maternal Psychiatric Conditions Increase the Risk for ASD  According to new research published in the journal Biological Psychiatry, the use of selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI) medications during pregnancy is not associated with a higher risk of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) or developmental delays (DD) in offspring. SSRIs are the most commonly prescribed antidepressants […]

July 06, 2021

Working Group Tasked with Studying Drug Development for Treating Autism

Researchers Focused on Advances, Challenges, Barriers, and Future Directions Concerned with a lack of progress in pharmacological interventions for autism’s core deficits, the International Society for CNS Clinical Trials and Methodology (ISCTM) along with the European College of Neuropsychopharmacology (ECNP) created an autism spectrum disorder (ASD) working group to review and identify challenges encountered for […]

July 06, 2021

New Research Shows No Link Between Autism and In Utero Tobacco Smoke Exposure

New Study Contradicts Last Month’s Study Showing an Association Citing that research on in utero exposure to maternal environmental tobacco smoke (ETS) or active maternal smoking and the development of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) has been inconsistent, researchers from the California Department of Public Health set out to examine in utero cotinine concentrations as a […]

June 27, 2021

CDC Reports Racial/Ethnic Disparities in Fatal Drownings for Young People

Drowning Remains a Leading Cause of Death for Children with Autism The Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued a report this month detailing drowning statistics for people under the age of 29 years during the years 1999 – 2019. Some facts remained similar to previous reports. Drowning remains preventable and yet is still […]

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