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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.
Source: NCCAM Featured Content - Category: Complementary Medicine Authors: Source Type: news

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un Hong The aim of this review is to clarify the interrelationship between melatonin and autism spectrum disorder (ASD) during fetal development. ASD refers to a diverse range of neurodevelopmental disorders characterized by social deficits, impaired communication, and stereotyped or repetitive behaviors. Melatonin, which is secreted by the pineal gland, has well-established neuroprotective and circadian entraining effects. During pregnancy, the hormone crosses the placenta into the fetal circulation and transmits photoperiodic information to the fetus allowing the establishment of normal sleep patterns and circadian r...
Source: Molecules - Category: Chemistry Authors: Tags: Review Source Type: research
Authors: Nguyen AKD, Murphy LE, Kocak M, Tylavsky FA, Pagani LS Abstract BACKGROUND: Sleep problems have been associated with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) symptoms and diagnosis. However, past research has studied the simultaneous association of sleep problems with precursor ASD symptoms. Using data from a birth cohort, we estimate prospective associations between infant sleep characteristics at 12 months and later ASD screening scores at 24 months. METHODS: We obtained data from children (N = 1,096) and their mothers as participants in the Conditions Affecting Neurocognitive Development and Learning in Early...
Source: Journal of Clinical Psychiatry - Category: Psychiatry Tags: J Clin Psychiatry Source Type: research
(McLean Hospital) McLean neuroscientists have found that even a brief episode of immune system activation within days of birth can cause persistent changes in sleep patterns concurrent with increases in epilepsy-like brain activity -- a combination of symptoms common in autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and other developmental conditions.
Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science - Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news
ConclusionWe found a clear reversed gender difference in ASD symptomatology in persons with SMS. This may be relevant in the search for female protective factors assumed to explain the male bias in ASD.
Source: Molecular Autism - Category: Molecular Biology Source Type: research
You're reading 18 Things to Try In 2018, originally posted on Pick the Brain | Motivation and Self Improvement. If you're enjoying this, please visit our site for more inspirational articles. Disclaimer: I’m weird, and like trying new weird things things As a new year approaches us it is a great time to reflect on the year behind us and dial into the positive qualities we would like to integrate into our lives. When January greets your warmly it brings with it that sense of hope, freshness, and endless possibilities. What better time to try some thing new that could benefit you…. One should always explore ne...
Source: PickTheBrain | Motivation and Self Improvement - Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Tags: featured self improvement best blog posts on motivation happiness pickthebrain resolutions travel try new things Source Type: blogs
CONCLUSION: High parental ages has an impact on the severity of ASD. ADHD, sleep disorder, and EEG changes seem to have an impact on certain elements of the adaptive behavior especially the communicative performance of ASD individuals. We recommend to seriously investigate co-morbid abnormalities and consider them during the process of management of ASD for proper intervention plans. PMID: 29216607 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]
Source: Asian Journal of Psychiatry - Category: Psychiatry Tags: Asian J Psychiatr Source Type: research
Publication date: Available online 5 December 2017 Source:Respiratory Physiology & Neurobiology Author(s): Kun-Ze Lee, Wenlin Liao Cyclin-dependent kinase-like 5 (CDKL5) is an X-linked gene encoding a serine-threonine kinase that is highly expressed in the central nervous system. Mutations in CDKL5 cause neurological and psychiatric symptoms, including early-onset seizures, motor dysfunction, autistic features and sleep breathing abnormalities in patients. It remains to be addressed whether loss of CDKL5 causes respiratory dysfunction in mice. Here, we examined the respiratory pattern of male Cdkl5 −/y mice at 1...
Source: Respiratory Physiology and Neurobiology - Category: Respiratory Medicine Source Type: research
Introduction: Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) have more sleep disturbances than typically developing (TD) children. Common sleep problems in ASD include difficulty in initiating sleep, maintaining sleep and shorter total sleep time. However, previous findings are largely based on Western countries (Australia, Finland, Sweden, United Kingdom and United States). Sleep problems have been associated with day-time attentional difficulties in TD children. For children with ASD, sleep problems can further exacerbate their pre-existing difficulties in shifting attention and sustained attention.
Source: Sleep Medicine - Category: Sleep Medicine Authors: Tags: Behavior, Cognition and Dreaming Source Type: research
Introduction: Parents of children with ASD commonly report that their children resist going to bed at an appropriate time, have difficulties following asleep, have nightmares and wake up at night for long periods of time. Although cultural differences might impact sleep among children due to different school start times, sleep habits, use of social media, general attitudes towards sleep, yet very little research has been carried out. These cultural differences may explain differences in sleep patterns across countries above and beyond variability in sample characteristics or measurement differences.
Source: Sleep Medicine - Category: Sleep Medicine Authors: Tags: Basic Research Source Type: research
Introduction: There is a lack of evidence-based pharmacological treatments with regulatory approval for children with sleep difficulties in association with neurodevelopmental disorders. Controlled studies to date have not provided the necessary evidence on long term efficacy and safety of any such medication. An innovative paediatric-appropriate prolonged-release melatonin formulation (pedPRM), designed to reproduce the endogenous release profile of the hormone at night, was recently developed.
Source: Sleep Medicine - Category: Sleep Medicine Authors: Tags: Insomnia Source Type: research
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