Moderate Facebook use promotes happiness in adults with autism spectrum disorder

(Mary Ann Liebert, Inc./Genetic Engineering News) Among adults with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), a new study has shown that those who use Facebook, in moderation, are happier than those who do not.
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(MedPage Today) -- This week's topics include utility of ECGs, autism and allergy, Mediterranean diet and heart risk, and trends in suicide rates in the U.S.
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Conclusions This study advances our understanding of sleep in ASD by showing that GID, NVIQ, sex, and age increased the odds of sleep problems in children with ASD. These results reinforce that healthcare professionals should screen for sleep problems in children with ASD and suggest future lines of inquiry.
Source: Research in Autism Spectrum Disorders - Category: Psychiatry Source Type: research
This study explored the relationships that attachment security and executive functioning (EF) (working memory and inhibition) had with emotion-recognition and theory of mind (ToM) in children with high-functioning Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) aged between 6 and 12 years (n = 26), while controlling for cognitive ability. Group differences in attachment security were also explored in this group, compared to a typically-developing group (n = 27) matched on age and cognitive ability. Attachment security was not found to be significantly different between groups, however studies employing larger sample sizes are neede...
Source: Research in Autism Spectrum Disorders - Category: Psychiatry Source Type: research
Conclusions Recommendations for future research, including the need for theoretically grounded, developmentally appropriate, models that highlight the unique strengths, challenges, and cultural influences of families of an individual with ASD are discussed.
Source: Research in Autism Spectrum Disorders - Category: Psychiatry Source Type: research
Prematurity is a significant risk factor for impaired neurodevelopmental outcomes. These include motor, cognitive, language, behavioral, and socioemotional competence. Long-term overall function depends on healthy socioemotional functioning. The vulnerability of the preterm brain during critical periods of development contributes to behavioral and socioemotional problems in preterm children. Attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and autism spectrum disorder (ASD) clinical features are more frequent in preterm children compared with their full-term counterparts; however, true rates of ASD and ADHD vary across stud...
Source: Clinics in Perinatology - Category: Perinatology & Neonatology Authors: Source Type: research
Publication date: 1 August 2018 Source:Neuroscience, Volume 384 Author(s): Anne E. Bausch, Rebekka Ehinger, Julia Straubinger, Patrick Zerfass, Yvette Nann, Robert Lukowski The sodium-activated potassium channel Slack (Slo2.2) is widely expressed in central and peripheral neurons where it is supposed to shape firing properties important for neuronal excitability. Slack activity is enhanced by interaction with the Fragile-X-Mental-Retardation-Protein (FMRP) and loss of FMRP leads to decreased sodium-activated potassium currents in medial nucleus of the trapezoid body neurons of the Fmr1-knockout (KO) mouse representing a m...
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Publication date: September 2018 Source:Research in Developmental Disabilities, Volume 80 Author(s): Pamela Heaton, Wai Fung Tsang, Kelly Jakubowski, Daniel Mullensiefen, Rory Allen Deficits in auditory short-term memory have been widely reported in children with Specific Language Impairment (SLI), and recent evidence suggests that children with Autism Spectrum Disorder and co-morbid language impairment (ALI) experience similar difficulties. Music, like language relies on auditory memory and the aim of the study was to extend work investigating the impact of auditory short-term memory impairments to musical perception in ...
Source: Research in Developmental Disabilities - Category: Disability Source Type: research
Publication date: February 2019 Source:Current Opinion in Behavioral Sciences, Volume 25 Author(s): Bernard J Crespi Genomic imprinting generates a category of genes that is unique because: (1) they are subject to intragenomic conflicts, within individuals, and thus (2) their phenotypic effects on offspring-to-mother interactions are predictable from evolutionary theory. I describe recent advances in our understanding of how imprinted genes may exert conflicting effects, and how the sequelae of such conflicts may impact upon aspects of human behavior and risks for specific psychiatric conditions. The main conclusion is th...
Source: Current Opinion in Behavioral Sciences - Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Source Type: research
We describe an 9-year old male with high functioning autism spectrum disorder and Muckle-Wells syndrome who at age 5  years of age manifested perseverations that interfered with his functioning at home and at school. After age 6, he developed intermittent episodes of fatigue and somnolence lasting from hours to weeks that evolved over the course of months to more chronic hypersomnia. Whole exome sequencing showed three mutations in genes potentially involved in his clinical phenotype. The patient has a predicted pathogenic de novo heterozygous p.Ala681Thr mutation in the ATP1A3 gene (chr19:42480621C>T, GRCh37/hg1...
Source: Molecular Genetics and Metabolism Reports - Category: Genetics & Stem Cells Source Type: research
IMPORTANCE: Population-based studies following trajectories of depression in autism spectrum disorders (ASD) from childhood into early adulthood are rare. The role of genetic confounding and of potential environmental intermediaries, such as bullying, in a...
Source: SafetyLit - Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Age: Adolescents Source Type: news
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