Scientists slam documentary that says removing Roundup from food will cure health issues
A new documentary called Secret Ingredients claims that adopting a non-GMO and all-organic diet can cure a number of chronic diseases and disorders including asthma, allergies and autism. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - November 14, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Scottish nurses empowered to help autistic people cope with change
Health and social care staff in Scotland are being empowered to better support people with autism during difficult moments throughout the rollercoaster of their lives. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - November 13, 2018 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Autism behaviors show unique brain network fingerprints in infants
(Elsevier) A new study has identified unique functional brain networks associated with characteristic behaviors of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) in 12- and 24-month old children at risk for developing ASD. (Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science)
Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science - November 13, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

'I feel really bad when I hurt my mum'
Families with autistic children say they struggle to get support to cope with violent outbursts. (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)
Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition - November 13, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Autism is an 'extreme version' of the male brain
Cambridge University researchers, who analysed personality tests for more than half a million men and women, found both men and autistic people were more 'systematic' than 'empathetic'. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - November 12, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Biomarker panel can detect autism earlier in children using saliva
Scientists have developed a way to pinpoint autism in children at earlier ages by testing their saliva. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - November 12, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Medical News Today: Autism: What is the link with zinc?
Past research noted a connection between zinc and autism, but a new study takes a deeper look and helps to further uncover the link. (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - November 12, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Autism Source Type: news

Landmark study describes the link between pesticide levels in expectant mothers and autism risk in their infants
(Natural News) Science has provided yet more clues as to why autism rates in children continue to skyrocket throughout the Western world. A groundbreaking new study recently published in the American Journal of Psychiatry found that pesticide exposure in pregnant women is directly correlated to increased autism risk in children, pointing to industrial agriculture as... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - November 12, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Child-present and child-themed marital conflict in daily life of parents of children with and without autism spectrum disorder - Papp LM, Hartley SL.
Parents of 5- to 12-year-old children (half had been diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder [ASD] and half were typically developing) provided reports of the most significant marital conflict of the day and ratings of child behaviors problems on a daily b... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - November 10, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Age: Adolescents Source Type: news

Gastrointestinal and psychiatric symptoms among children and adolescents with autism spectrum disorder - Neuhaus E, Bernier RA, Tham SW, Webb SJ.
Individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) are at heightened risk of psychiatric comorbidities across the lifespan, including elevated rates of internalizing, externalizing, and self-injurious behaviors. Identification of medical comorbidities that co... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - November 10, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Age: Adolescents Source Type: news

Zinc deficiency during pregnancy linked to autism in babies, study says 
In a new paper published today, US and German scientists say they have evidence that zinc levels may be one of the defining environmental factors that sew the seeds of the behavioral disorder. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - November 9, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Study confirms zinc deficiency's link to early development of autism
A link between zinc deficiency and the development of autism has been confirmed in a study of brain cells' connections from rats' hippocampal neurons. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - November 9, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

The 5-HTTLPR polymorphism of the serotonin transporter gene and child's sex moderate the relationship between disaster-related prenatal maternal stress and autism spectrum disorder traits: the QF2011 Queensland flood study - Laplante DP, Simcock G, Cao-Lei L, Mouallem M, Elgbeili G, Brunet A, Cobham V, Kildea S, King S.
The 5-HTTLPR polymorphism of the serotonin transporter has been shown to play a role in autism spectrum disorders (ASD). Moreover, disaster-related prenatal maternal stress (PNMS) has also been shown to be associated with ASD. However, no study to date has... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - November 9, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Age: Infants and Children Source Type: news

Blog: Celebrating the Stars in our Schools
School support staff are incredible. In communities across the UK they support and educate our children, providing a vast range of services that pupils benefit from and families rely upon. That’s why this morning I was in Tottenham, to visit two fantastic schools – Brook and Willow. There I met the amazing support staff who work there, and heard their headteachers and the children they support, praise them and thank them for their work. I was there to launch our annual Stars in our Schools celebration. The day itself is on 23 November, but we want to see as many schools as possible taking part. Whether they&rs...
Source: UNISON Health care news - November 9, 2018 Category: UK Health Authors: Dave Prentis Tags: General secretary's blog News stars in our schools Source Type: news

Autism is associated with zinc deficiency in early development -- now a study links the two
(Frontiers) Autism has been associated with zinc deficiency in infancy. While it is not yet known whether zinc deficiency in early development causes autism, scientists have now found a mechanistic link.Published in Frontiers in Molecular Neuroscience, their study connects zinc, autism risk genes and abnormal neuronal connections associated with autism spectrum disorders. (Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science)
Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science - November 9, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Saliva-based RNA panel distinguishes children on autism spectrum from non-autistic peers
(Bioscribe) A new saliva-based biomarker panel could improve the ability to accurately identify children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) in its earliest stages. In a study of more than 450 young children, researchers demonstrated that a panel of 32 small RNAs could differentiate autism from typical development or non-ASD developmental delay with 85 percent accuracy. This test accuracy was achieved both during the model development and during validation of the test in a separate set of children. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - November 9, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Study finds that bee pollen can mediate some effects of autism
(Natural News) The possibility of developing autism does not end once a child is born. They are still continuously exposed to harmful substances, such as neurotoxins, that could put them at risk of developing the condition. To protect children from autism, natural products are now being explored for their ability to prevent neurotoxicity. A study,... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - November 8, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Short Questionnaire IDs GI Disorders in Children With Autism
17 questions for parents minimally rely on a child's ability to report pain (Source: The Doctors Lounge - Psychiatry)
Source: The Doctors Lounge - Psychiatry - November 7, 2018 Category: Psychiatry Tags: Gastroenterology, Neurology, Pediatrics, Psychiatry, Journal, Source Type: news

Does toxic air cause autism? Living in polluted areas 'boosts the risk of the disorder for children'
The scientists, based at Monash University in Australia, said children are most at risk in their first three years of life because of their developing brains. The research featured in Environment International. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - November 7, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Can meditation help kids with autism better cope with sensory overload?
For many kids on the spectrum, gaining control over the relationship between their mind and their body is a major challenge. (Source: PsycPORT.com)
Source: PsycPORT.com - November 7, 2018 Category: Psychiatry Source Type: news

Short Questionnaire IDs GI Disorders in Children With Autism
WEDNESDAY, Nov. 7, 2018 -- A short parent questionnaire may be able to identify gastrointestinal disorders in children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), according to a study published online Oct. 22 in the Journal of Autism and Developmental... (Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News)
Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News - November 7, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

New study links air pollution to a higher risk of autism
Chinese research shows a link between long-term exposure to air pollution to an increased risk of children developing autism. (Source: PsycPORT.com)
Source: PsycPORT.com - November 6, 2018 Category: Psychiatry Source Type: news

Low vasopressin levels in the brain linked to childhood autism
Research, presented at the Society for Neuroscience annual meeting, suggests that vasopressin levels are lower in brains of children with autism. Spectrum (Source: Society for Endocrinology)
Source: Society for Endocrinology - November 6, 2018 Category: Endocrinology Source Type: news

Emotional vulnerabilities shape complex behavioral arrangement of toddlers with ASD
(Elsevier) At the time when autism spectrum disorder (ASD) can be first reliably diagnosed, toddlers affected by ASD are already displaying emotional vulnerabilities potentially foreshadowing the emergence of co-morbid affective and behavioral conditions highly prevalent in older children, reports a study published in the Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (JAACAP). (Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science)
Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science - November 6, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Mother's booklet for son with autism: 'Voting is really important. Here's how to do it.'
But had Nathaniel Batchelder in a state where laws place tighter voting restrictions based on "mental competence," he might not have been able to cast his ballot at all. (Source: CNN.com - Health)
Source: CNN.com - Health - November 5, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Most Meds Affecting Neurotransmitters Not Linked to Autism Risk
Prenatal exposure to 5 groups of meds had nominally significant links to ASD (Source: The Doctors Lounge - Psychiatry)
Source: The Doctors Lounge - Psychiatry - November 5, 2018 Category: Psychiatry Tags: Family Medicine, Gynecology, Neurology, Nursing, Pediatrics, Pharmacy, Psychiatry, Journal, Source Type: news

Maternal Health, Not Meds, May Play Bigger Role in Childhood ASD Maternal Health, Not Meds, May Play Bigger Role in Childhood ASD
Use of most medications during pregnancy is not associated with the development of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) in children, although the number of maternal diagnoses may be, new research suggests.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - November 5, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Psychiatry News Source Type: news

Most Meds Affecting Neurotransmitters Not Linked to Autism Risk
MONDAY, Nov. 5, 2018 -- Prenatal exposure to most medications affecting neurotransmitter systems is not associated with estimates of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) risk, according to a study published online Oct. 31 in JAMA Psychiatry. Magdalena... (Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News)
Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News - November 5, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Music improves social communication in autistic children
(University of Montreal) Improved communication skills may be linked to increased connectivity between auditory and motor regions of the brain, researchers at Universit é de Montreal and McGill University find. (Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science)
Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science - November 5, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Air pollution linked to autism: study
(Monash University) Exposure to toxic air pollutants is linked to an increased risk of developing autism, according to a Monash University study of Chinese children during their first three-years of life. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)
Source: EurekAlert! - Biology - November 5, 2018 Category: Biology Source Type: news

Quiz Time: What's the Latest on Antidepressants and Autism?
(MedPage Today) -- You passed medical training, now see if you can pass our weekly quiz (Source: MedPage Today Public Health)
Source: MedPage Today Public Health - November 4, 2018 Category: American Health Source Type: news

If autism is hereditary, then where are all the retirement homes full of autistic people?
(Natural News) Nursing homes and retirement “villages” in America are chock full of elderly folks who are victims of brittle bones, dementia, strokes, heart attacks, osteoporosis, and severe arthritis. Yet, something is missing, and it’s more obvious than a trumpeting elephant in a small room full of people. Where are all the autistic senior citizens?... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - November 3, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Social Stigma Worsens Mental Health With Autism
Research may dispel past theories that the condition contributes to mental health issues (Source: The Doctors Lounge - Psychiatry)
Source: The Doctors Lounge - Psychiatry - November 2, 2018 Category: Psychiatry Tags: Neurology, Psychiatry, Journal, Source Type: news

Melatonin: the body's natural sleep-promoting hormone
Prescriptions for short periods are considered safe, but there is little research into the long-term effectsIn daylight hours there is so little melatonin in the bloodstream that it is barely detectable. But when the sun goes down, the eyes sense the failing light, and part of the hippocampus signals the pineal gland, a pea-sized lump of tissue near the centre of the brain, to ramp up production of the sleep-promoting hormone. Levels of melatonin rise sharply from 9pm, inducing feelings of sleepiness, and remain high until the following morning.Much of the research on prescribing melatonin for children with sleep problems ...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - November 2, 2018 Category: Science Authors: Ian Sample Tags: Science Sleep Child protection Health & wellbeing Children Social care Society UK news Source Type: news

Social Stigma Worsens Mental Health With Autism
FRIDAY, Nov. 2, 2018 -- Stress related to social stigma may contribute to why people with autism experience more mental health problems than the general population, according to a study published online Oct. 12 in Society and Mental Health. Monique... (Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News)
Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News - November 2, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Unraveling a genetic network linked to autism
(University of Toronto) Donnelly Centre Researchers have uncovered a network of more than 200 genes linked to autism. They have also unpicked an exact sequence of events during microexon splicing, known to be disrupted in autism, as a first step toward developing targeted treatments. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)
Source: EurekAlert! - Biology - November 2, 2018 Category: Biology Source Type: news

Study links gene mutation to neurodevelopmental disorders
A new model created by UCLA scientists reveals how the alteration of a specific gene increases the risk for neurodevelopmental problems in mice. When the researchers mutated the gene, it produced symptoms at specific ages in the animal ’s life.Called Glut3, this gene is responsible for moving glucose — the fuel essential to normal function — into brain cells, and plays a crucial role in fetal growth during early pregnancy.Previous studies have linked a GLUT3 mutation in mice to miscarriage and restriction of the fetus ’ growth in the last trimester of pregnancy.“Our findings could lead to new ...
Source: UCLA Newsroom: Health Sciences - November 2, 2018 Category: Universities & Medical Training Source Type: news

New Blood Test Makes the Autism Picture a Bit Clearer
NeuroPointDx is launching a blood plasma-based test that might be able to give a clearer picture of the prevalence of autism in children. The Madison, WI-based company said the NPDX AA Test, identifies metabolic subtypes associated with the autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and can be used to screen children as young as 18 months. The test detects amine imbalances in the blood plasma of children with very precise thresholds that were identified and validated based on patient samples from the Children’s Autism Metabolome Project (CAMP), a 1,100-subject study, the largest one to date focused on the metabolism ...
Source: MDDI - November 1, 2018 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Omar Ford Tags: IVD Source Type: news

New Screen Quickly Identifies GI Disorders in Kids With Autism New Screen Quickly Identifies GI Disorders in Kids With Autism
A new 17-item questionnaire that investigates gastrointestinal problems in children with autism is probably the most effective and efficient screen to date.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - November 1, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Psychiatry News Source Type: news

Stigma of Autism Can Take Toll on Psyche
(Source: The Doctors Lounge - Psychiatry)
Source: The Doctors Lounge - Psychiatry - November 1, 2018 Category: Psychiatry Tags: Pediatrics, Psychiatry, News, Source Type: news

Stigma of Autism Can Take Toll on Psyche
THURSDAY, Nov. 1, 2018 -- Social stigma may play a large role in the depression, anxiety and other mental health woes experienced by many people with autism, a small new study indicates. British researchers found that 72 percent of the... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - November 1, 2018 Category: General Medicine Source Type: news

Vaccines Did Not Cause My Daughter & rsquo;s Autism
In a new book, a vaccine researcher describes the scientific facts and personal anecdotes behind his family’s experience with autism and its comorbid disabilities. (Source: The Scientist)
Source: The Scientist - November 1, 2018 Category: Science Tags: Reading Frames Magazine Issue Source Type: news

Babies Born to Older Dads May Have a Higher Risk of Health Problems, Study Says
Women are constantly reminded of their ticking biological clocks and the risks that come with having children later in life — both in terms of maternal and infant health, and the ability to conceive a baby in the first place. But for the most part, men don’t get the same warnings. A new study published Wednesday in the BMJ suggests that men, too, may have biological clocks worth heeding. Babies born to older fathers, the paper says, may be more susceptible to health problems including preterm birth, low birth weight and breathing problems. And women who have children with older men may have increased health ris...
Source: TIME: Health - October 31, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Jamie Ducharme Tags: Uncategorized healthytime Research Source Type: news

No Autism Link to Many Depression, Psychosis Drugs in Pregnancy
(MedPage Today) -- Exploratory study shows maternal health may be more important than medications (Source: MedPage Today Psychiatry)
Source: MedPage Today Psychiatry - October 31, 2018 Category: Psychiatry Source Type: news

Three neuroscientists earn prestigious NIH grant for brain research
Three UCLA neuroscientists — Michele Basso, Dr. Peyman Golshani and Daniel Aharoni — received a nearly $3.7 million, three-year grant from the National Institutes of Health for a study that will develop imaging technology that allows the recording of tens of thousands of neurons to better understand how the brain goes aw ry in disease.The grant, part of the National Institutes of Health ’s Brain Research Through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies, or BRAIN, Initiative, will support the team ’s work to design, manufacture and test a miniature microscope for measuring brain activity in n...
Source: UCLA Newsroom: Health Sciences - October 31, 2018 Category: Universities & Medical Training Source Type: news

Autism Risk: Mom ’ s Health May Matter More Than Meds
(Source: The Doctors Lounge - Psychiatry)
Source: The Doctors Lounge - Psychiatry - October 31, 2018 Category: Psychiatry Tags: Pediatrics, Pharmacy, Psychiatry, Obstetrics, News, Source Type: news

Prenatal exposure to antidepressants, antipsychotics not linked to autism risk
A mother's use of antidepressants and antipsychotics during pregnancy is not associated with a higher risk of autism spectrum disorder in her children, a study says. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - October 31, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Autism Risk: Mom's Health May Matter More Than Meds
WEDNESDAY, Oct. 31, 2018 -- Many pregnant women may wonder if antidepressants -- or other drugs acting on the brain's neurotransmitters -- might raise their baby's odds of developing autism. Now, reassuring research suggests that's not the case. But... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - October 31, 2018 Category: General Medicine Source Type: news

Child maltreatment in autism spectrum disorder and intellectual disability: results from a population-based sample - McDonnell CG, Boan AD, Bradley CC, Seay KD, Charles JM, Carpenter LA.
BACKGROUND: Children with developmental disabilities are at heightened risk for maltreatment. However, little is known regarding the prevalence of maltreatment among specific groups, such as autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and/or intellectual disability (ID... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - October 31, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Age: Adolescents Source Type: news

Making feedback easier for people with a learning disability or autism
NHS England has published tips for health, social care and education organisations and practitioners with the aim of making feedback, concerns and complaints easier for people with a learning disability or autism. (Source: NHS Networks)
Source: NHS Networks - October 31, 2018 Category: UK Health Source Type: news