Vitamins in Pregnancy May Lower Autism Risk Vitamins in Pregnancy May Lower Autism Risk

Children of mothers who took folic acid or multivitamins before or during pregnancy were at lower risk for autism spectrum disorder, researchers say, but more research is needed.Medscape Medical News
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Previous studies have shown associations between maternal infections during pregnancy and increased risks of schizophrenia and autism spectrum disorders in the offspring. However, large-scale studies have been lacking investigating parental infections both during and outside the pregnancy period with the risk of any mental disorders in the child.
Source: Biological Psychiatry - Category: Psychiatry Authors: Tags: Archival Report Source Type: research
(Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute) Researchers at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute--led by Juergen Hahn, professor and head of biomedical engineering--are continuing to make remarkable progress with their research focused on autism spectrum disorder (ASD).
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news
ConclusionsBased upon these measurements it is not possible to determine during a pregnancy if a child will be diagnosed with ASD by age 3. However, differences in the folate-dependent transmethylation and transsulfuration metabolites are indicative of the risk level (High Risk of 18.7% vs. Low Risk of 1.7%) of the mother for having a child with ASD.
Source: Research in Autism Spectrum Disorders - Category: Psychiatry Source Type: research
Abstract The original version of this article unfortunately contained a mistake in Table 2. The "Time of use" should be the column header with the corresponding row with "N = 126" belonging to the "Peri-pregnancy" row. The "Preconception" row should be the row with "N = 17", "Trimester 1" should be the "N = 29" row, "Trimester 2" should be the "N = 25" row, and "Trimester 3" should be the "N = 47" row. PMID: 30238179 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]
Source: Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders - Category: Psychiatry Authors: Tags: J Autism Dev Disord Source Type: research
Autism Research, EarlyView.
Source: Autism Research - Category: Psychiatry Authors: Source Type: research
Authors: Grant WB Abstract Vitamin D, traditionally well known for its role in maintaining optimal health through its contribution to calcium metabolism and skeletal health, has received increased attention over the past two decades, with considerable focus being placed on its nonskeletal benefits. This paper is a narrative review of the nonskeletal health benefits of vitamin D, of particular interest to inhabitants of Mediterranean countries, namely, autism, cancer, cardiovascular disease, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, dental caries, diabetes mellitus, erectile dysfunction, hypertension, metabolic syndrom...
Source: Hormones - Category: Endocrinology Tags: Hormones (Athens) Source Type: research
When Nichelle Obar learned she was pregnant with her second child last year, she never expected that her pregnancy, or her baby, would make history. But when the 40-year-old food-and-beverage coordinator from Hawaii and her fiancé Christopher Constantino went to their 18-week ultrasound, they learned something was wrong. The heart was larger than it should have been, and there was evidence that fluid was starting to build up around the organ as well. Both were signs that the fetus was working extra hard to pump blood to its fast-growing body and that its heart was starting to fail. Obar’s doctor knew what coul...
Source: TIME: Science - Category: Science Authors: Tags: Uncategorized medicine Source Type: news
Publication date: Available online 12 September 2018Source: Brain, Behavior, and ImmunityAuthor(s): Katie N. Murray, Michelle E. Edye, Maurizio Manca, Anthony C. Vernon, Joanna M. Oladipo, Victoria Fasolino, Michael K. Harte, Varsha Mason, Ben Grayson, Patrick C. McHugh, Irene Knuesel, Eric P. Prinssen, Reinmar Hager, Joanna C. NeillAbstractMaternal immune activation (mIA) in rodents is rapidly emerging as a key model for neurodevelopmental disorders such as autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and schizophrenia. Here, we optimise a mIA model in rats, aiming to address certain limitations of current work in this area. Specifical...
Source: Brain, Behavior, and Immunity - Category: Neurology Source Type: research
Pregnant women with high levels of DDT in their blood are more likely to have children who develop autism, according to NIEHS grantees. (read more)
Source: Environmental Factor - NIEHS Newsletter - Category: Environmental Health Source Type: news
Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a highly prevalent developmental disorder characterized by deficits in communication and social interaction and in stereotyped or repetitive behaviors. Besides the classical behavioral dyad, several comorbidities are frequently present in patients with ASD, such as anxiety, epilepsy, sleep disturbances, and gastrointestinal tract dysfunction. Although the etiology of ASD remains unclear, there is supporting evidence for the involvement of both genetic and environmental factors. Valproic acid (VPA) is an anticonvulsant and mood stabilizer that, when used during the gestational period, incre...
Source: Neuroimmunomodulation - Category: Allergy & Immunology Source Type: research
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