Autism Spectrum Disorder and Complementary Health Approaches

Parents whose children have autism spectrum disorder may choose complementary health approaches for their affected children. Melatonin may help with ASD-associated sleep disorders and music therapy may have other positive effects, but the efficacy of other complementary health approaches is uncertain.
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Conclusion and Open Questions While SPNs as a population of neurons are coming into clearer view, many unknowns remain. SPNs as a group are both the target of initial thalamic inputs but also receive extensive cortical input. In particular, there is an extensive connectivity of SPNs with the cortical plate mediated by NMDAR-only containing “silent” synapses at the earliest ages. These synapses are very sensitive to the resting potential of the cell, thus subtle modulation of the resting potential can modulate their activity and thus their ability to integrate inputs. Activation of silent synapses on SPNs by hy...
Source: Frontiers in Neuroanatomy - Category: Neurology Source Type: research
Children with autism and their parents benefited from better sleep offered by prolonged-release melatonin, with improvements in externalizing behavior and quality of life, investigators found.Medscape Medical News
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Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is the most prevalent neurodevelopmental disorder in the United States and often co-presents with sleep problems. Sleep problems in ASD predict the severity of ASD core diagnostic symptoms and have a considerable impact on the quality of life of caregivers. Little is known, however, about the underlying molecular mechanisms of sleep problems in ASD. We investigated the role ofShank3, a high confidence ASD gene candidate, in sleep architecture and regulation. We show that mice lacking exon 21 ofShank3 have problems falling asleep even when sleepy. Using RNA-seq we show that sleep deprivation i...
Source: eLife - Category: Biomedical Science Tags: Neuroscience Source Type: research
Conclusion and Future Directions Above we reviewed a limited set of network medicine philosophies that seek to integrate biomedical big data to uncover meaningful biology. Network medicine approaches provide customized and optimized ways to leverage biomedical data. The choice of the appropriate network method is largely dictated by the underlying biological inquiry, hypotheses, study design, and available data. Although this review is not meant to be exhaustive, our intent was to give a essence of how biomedical data requires a nuanced approach when selecting network analyses and provide a resource for both network scien...
Source: Frontiers in Genetics - Category: Genetics & Stem Cells Source Type: research
Conclusions: Almost one-third of ASD patients in our sample had at least one fGID. The presence of fGID was associated with ID, sleep problems and with behavioral problems (as measured by the prescription of psychotropic drugs). This subsample of ASD patients with fGID deserves particular attention in future research projects, focusing on specific phenotypic characteristics and overlapping biological markers that may underlie both pathologies. Introduction Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a pervasive neurodevelopmental disorder characterized by impairments in social communication and restricted, repetitive patterns ...
Source: Frontiers in Psychiatry - Category: Psychiatry Source Type: research
Conclusions: Results suggest that the presentation of externalizing problem behavior and internalizing symptoms associated with GI problems differs between young children and older children with ASD. Therefore, behavior may have different relationships with GI symptoms at different ages, which may have implications for the treatment of and clinical approach to GI disturbances in ASD. Introduction Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is characterized by persistent deficits in social communication and social interaction across multiple contexts, as well as restricted and repetitive patterns of behavior, interests, and acti...
Source: Frontiers in Psychiatry - Category: Psychiatry Source Type: research
Conclusions: Sleep patterns in children and adolescents were related to the psychiatric diagnosis of their parent(s). Future follow-up of these results may clarify the relations between early sleep differences and the risk of developing mood disorders in individuals at high familial risk.IntroductionSleep disturbances are core symptoms of mood disorders including major depressive disorder and bipolar disorder (1). Additionally, sleep problems have been associated with more severe symptoms, greater functional impairment, and increased risk for relapse among individuals with mood disorders (2). Over 40% of children and youth...
Source: Frontiers in Psychiatry - Category: Psychiatry Source Type: research
Source: Neuropsychiatric Disease and Treatment - Category: Psychiatry Tags: Neuropsychiatric Disease and Treatment Source Type: research
Authors: Martin SC, Monroe SK, Diering GH Abstract Sleep is an essential physiological behavior that promotes cognitive development and function. Although the switch between sleep/wake cycles is controlled by specific neural circuits, sleep need and the restorative benefits of sleep are likely controlled by cellular mechanisms localized in critical areas of the brain involved in learning and memory including the cortex and hippocampus. However, the molecular basis for the restorative function(s) of sleep that support cognition, or for the homeostatic build-up of sleep need are poorly understood. Synapses undergo lo...
Source: The Yale Journal of Biology and Medicine - Category: Universities & Medical Training Tags: Yale J Biol Med Source Type: research
Ever wonder how food affects your mental health? Do you think social media addiction should be formally classified (and should the companies behind them be taxed for help)? What’s your stance on Amy Schumer’s discussion of her husband’s autism spectrum disorder diagnosis? Let’s discuss it all and more in this week’s Psychology Around the Net! Nutritional Psychiatry: Can You Eat Yourself Happier? We’re not talking about eating your feelings but eating foods that actually affect your feelings. After struggling with anxiety and depression throughout most of her life, Felice Jacka, the head ...
Source: World of Psychology - Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Tags: Aspergers Autism Children and Teens Depression Disorders Industrial and Workplace Psychology Around the Net Research Suicide Amy Schumer Chris Fischer Depressive Symptoms employee mental health Felice Jacka food Mood Nutrit Source Type: blogs
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