Research Articles

June 29, 2020

Racial Disparity Seen in ASD Prevalence Among Preschoolers in Swedish Immigrant Population

90% of Children Had a Mother Born in Africa or Asia – The Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders recently published a new study out of Sweden which examines the prevalence of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) in preschool children among the country’s migrant population. Estimated ASD prevalence for this cohort was, at a minimum, 3.5 times more than the non-immigrant Swedish population.

June 12, 2020

Multiple Studies Show Autism Rates Surging Worldwide

Researchers Still Stumped – Three large epidemiological studies released this spring show a continuing trend, autism rates are increasing, not just in the United States, but across the globe. Regrettably, researchers and scientists still do not understand why.

June 11, 2020

Autoantibodies and Autism, Is There a Connection?

New Study Points to an Association, Although More Research Needed – An ideal immune system recognizes foreign organisms (bacteria, viruses, parasites, and fungi) while efficiently and rapidly destroying these invaders. A second infection from the same foreign organism is prevented by a well-functioning immune system as it recalls the method to destroy the invader another time.

June 11, 2020

Interview with Dr. Walter Zahorodny

SafeMinds recently had the privilege of speaking with Dr. Walter Zahorodny, Principal Investigator of the New Jersey Autism Developmental Disabilities Monitoring (ADDM) Network about his latest research, which assisted in calculating the newest CDC autism rate. As highly publicized last March, 1 in 54 or almost two percent of American eight-year-olds now hold an autism diagnosis. To shed more light on this situation, Dr. Zahorodny shared his incredibly important viewpoints surrounding the ever-increasing autism crisis with SafeMinds. To learn more, watch our newest video.

April 30, 2020

Considering the Biology of Suicide in Autism

In our last SafeMinds Shares, we highlighted a review of the psychiatric conditions that frequently co-occur with an autism diagnosis. One of these conditions is suicidal thoughts and behaviors. The James Kirk Bernard Foundation, founded by parents with an autistic son and a typical son who died from suicide, has written an extensive overview of the commonalities between autism and suicide biology and life situations, which may explain why people with autism are a high-risk group for suicidal thoughts and behaviors. With April 30 marking the last day of Autism Awareness Month and May 1 the start of Mental Health Awareness Month, SafeMinds Shares brings this important topic to our readers.

April 30, 2020

Infants’ Screen Time, Less Play with Parents Linked to Higher Risk of Autism-Like Symptoms

According to a new study which has received criticism from some scientists and advocates, 12-month-old babies who spend time viewing images on a smartphone, tablet or television, are more likely to exhibit symptoms of autism by age 2. On the other hand, 12-month-old babies who spend part of their day playing with their parents have decreased odds of developing symptoms of autism by age 2. These new findings were released by Drexel University’s School of Medicine and Dornsife School of Public Health. The study was published online April 20 in JAMA Pediatrics.

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