Research Articles

June 27, 2021

Toxic Chemicals Banned Decades Ago Found in Fetal Organs

ADHD, Diabetes, Infertility, Obesity, and Reduced Sperm Production Linked to Early Exposure to Toxins Industrial chemicals, banned decades ago, have been recently found in the organs of fetuses according to a new study published in the journal Chemosphere. Researchers from the Karolinska Institutet in Sweden studied concentrations of 22 persistent organic pollutants (POPs) that accumulate […]

June 21, 2021

The Pineal Gland’s Relationship to Sleep Disturbances in Autism Spectrum Disorder

Melatonin Production Takes Place Predominantly in Pineal Gland SafeMinds Shares has covered many studies which explored varying topics related to autism and sleep disturbances. In the past, we have looked at  sensory sensitivities, lack of adequate sleep disturbance screenings, insomnia treatment barriers, and poor sleep and its connection to autism severity. Now, for the first […]

June 21, 2021

Lower Levels of Urine Nitric Oxide Metabolites Found in ASD Parents

Problematic Physical Manifestation Shows that Parents Need More Support A recent study from China has associated lower urine nitric oxide (NO) metabolites levels in parents of children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) compared to healthy adults of the same age. This finding suggests that parents dealing with autism, especially mothers, may have experienced more mental […]

June 21, 2021

Study Shows Higher Autism Rates for Black Children Living in England

Pupils Facing Social Disadvantage Also More Likely on Spectrum The standardized prevalence of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) for children, adolescents, and young adults (ages 5 – 19) in England is 1.76%. Yet, that prevalence rate jumps to 2.11% for Black pupils, according to an original investigation report published in JAMA Pediatrics. For this ASD prevalence […]

June 13, 2021

Modifications to Interoception Sensory Questionnaire Help Individuals with ASD

Reduced Number of Questions Resulted in a Better Experience for Test Subjects The human body has eight different sensory systems: visual, auditory, olfactory (smell), gustatory (taste), tactile (touch), vestibular (sense of head movement in space),   proprioceptive (sensations from muscles and joints), and interoception. We learn about the first five sensory systems in basic science […]

June 13, 2021

Heavy Smoking During Pregnancy Linked to Greater Odds of Autism in Offspring

Lighter Smoking Habits Associated with Weaker Odds A recently published study in the American Journal of Epidemiology examined the risk of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) in children born to mothers who smoked prior to and during their pregnancy. According to the research team responsible for this work, their study was the first in the United […]

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