Research Articles

September 17, 2020

Lower Levels of Serotonin Transporters Found in Brains of Individuals with ASD

Scientists from the Karolinska Institutet in Sweden published a paper last month in Molecular Psychiatry which shows that people with autism have lower levels of a protein which regulates the amount of serotonin in the brain.

September 17, 2020

Coronavirus Economic Relief for People with Disabilities Becoming More Unlikely

As reported in June, the HEROES Act which aims to provide economic relief to the disability community was passed out of the House of Representatives. Sadly, as predicted, the related coronavirus relief legislation has stalled in the Senate.

September 17, 2020

Researchers Call for More Insight Concerning Self-Harm, Suicidal Thoughts For Those with Autism

An editorial published this month in the Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders written by several leading autism researchers requests further exploration into the field of self harm and suicidal thoughts in individuals with autism.

September 17, 2020

COVID-19 Disproportionately Impacting Those With Developmental Disabilities

A letter published recently in the American Journal of Psychiatry on behalf of the directors of the nation’s 13 intellectual and developmental disabilities research centers — which are funded by the National Institutes of Health — is sounding the alarm about the devastating impact the pandemic has had on an already vulnerable population.

September 17, 2020

Probiotics Beyond Yogurt

As we wrote in an earlier SafeMinds Shares article, taking probiotics may help with some symptoms of autism. Probiotics are also considered a healthy addition for anyone’s diet. BiomeHealth, a maker of probiotic products, has produced a handy list of probiotics beyond those containing dairy such as yogurt.

September 17, 2020

EPA Announces Research Grant for Early Life Exposures

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), as part of its Science to Achieve Results (STAR) program, is seeking applications for a new Children’s Environmental Health and Disease Prevention Research Center, the Center for Early Lifestage Vulnerabilities to Environmental Stressors.

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