Research Articles

September 11, 2023

New Study Shows Nearly 2% of 16-Year-Olds in New Jersey Were Identified with ASD

Rate is Consistent with Prevalence Estimate for 8-Year-Olds, But Lower than Parent-Report Surveys and Registries A new brief report conducted by a team of researchers led by Dr. Walter Zahorodny, Principal Investigator of the New Jersey Autism Developmental Disabilities Monitoring (ADDM) network, has discovered that nearly 2% (17.7 per 1000) of 16-year-olds in a four-county […]

September 04, 2023

Additional Research Links Toddlers’ Screen Time to Developmental Delays

More Screen Time at 1 Year Associated with Communication and Problem-Solving Delays at Ages 2 and 4 A  Japanese study of more than 7,000 children has found an association between screen time and developmental outcomes in young children. This new research discovered that longer screen time viewing at a year old was associated with developmental […]

August 21, 2023

Community Shares | August 21st 2023

A recent Canadian population-based study found that individuals with autism have higher rates of self-harm events leading to emergency health care and suicide death than people without the disorder, for both males and females. Females on the spectrum showed the highest cumulative self-harm events, followed by males with autism, neurotypical females, and neurotypical males. Males […]

August 21, 2023

Potential Blindness Linked to Restrictive Eating Habits of Children with ASD

Research Shows that Vitamin A Supplementation Can Reverse Eye Damage Xerophthalmia is a disease that causes dry eyes due to a vitamin A deficiency (VAD).  If the condition goes untreated, xerophthalmia can lead to night blindness and cornea damage, which carries the risk of total blindness. This disease is rare in the United States but […]

August 07, 2023

Another Study Concludes that Labor Epidural Analgesia Is Linked to Autism

Fickle Findings from Recent Research Leave Parents Wondering Which Results Are Correct Over the past three years, SafeMinds has covered five studies investigating epidural anesthesia use during labor and its neurodevelopmental effect on offspring. The results of these studies have been inconsistent, with one study finding a direct association between epidurals and autism, one finding […]

July 31, 2023

Prenatal Exposure to Lead Negatively Affects the Gut Microbiome in Childhood

Study’s Authors Identify the Second Trimester as a Critical Exposure Window New research from the Icahn School of Medicine analyzed pilot microbiome data from the Programming Research in Obesity, Growth, Environment and Social Stressors (PROGRESS) cohort based in Mexico City to examine associations between prenatal lead (Pb) exposure and gut microbiome composition and function in […]

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