Research Articles

November 08, 2020

Insomnia Tracks with Clinical Impairment in Hospitalized Children with ASD

Poor Sleep Prevalent, Goes Hand-in-Hand with Autism Severity Researchers from the Maine Medical Center Research Institute report that autistic children who have insomnia also have more severe behaviors and more severe autism symptoms. The study was conducted among 427 psychiatrically hospitalized children with autism. Per parent report, 60% of the children had at least one […]

November 02, 2020

Study Finds More Doctor Visits During Infancy for Children with ASD and ADHD

Electronic Medical Records Utilized to Examine Health Care Utilization Patterns  A new study from Duke University shows that children who have an autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and/or attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) diagnosis visited the doctor or hospital more often during their first year of life compared to non-affected children. This new study, featured in […]

November 02, 2020

Gut Microbe Deficiency Found in Children with ASD

Inadequate Ratios of Detoxifying Enzymes Can Cause a Toxic Overload A team of Chinese scientists have discovered additional evidence that autism is related to microbiome imbalances. While prior research has connected these two conditions before, these innovative researchers have now shed more light on how microbe deficiency can cause symptoms of autism. Their study involved […]

November 02, 2020

Advances in Medicine/Prevention for Other Diseases May Be Helpful for Autism

Same Biological Pathways Affected, Comorbidities Could Mean Autism Applicability Three recent developments in treatments and early identification for other brain disorders might have applicability to autism. This is because the biological pathways targeted are found in these other conditions as well as in autism. The scientists or companies working on these interventions are not including […]

October 27, 2020

EPA Announces Research Grant for Early Life Exposures

Research Centers Needed to Explore Effects of Environmental Risks  The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) plans to grant almost $2 million in funds to a research team interested in investigating early life exposures of different types of environmental stressors. The grant’s purpose is to examine possible adverse health outcomes due to contact with chemical and non-chemical […]

October 27, 2020

Longer Hours Spent in Intervention Not Always Better for Toddlers with Autism

Study Shows 15-Hours vs. 25-Hours Programs per Week Had Similar Impact Until now, clinicians had no data to rely upon to guide parents of newly diagnosed toddlers with autism on the number of hours required to make behavioral improvements. That has just changed due to UC Davis Health’s newly published study in the Journal of […]

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