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Harvard study links autism to siblings' gender
Researchers at Harvard Medical School analyzed health insurance records of more than 1.5 million American families with two children between the ages of four and 18. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - September 25, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Groundbreaking study links autism to siblings' gender
Researchers at Harvard Medical School analyzed health insurance records of more than 1.5 million American families with two children between the ages of four and 18. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - September 25, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Use of the M-CHAT follow-up interview (M-CHAT/F) by paediatricians during well-child care visits is feasible, valid and reliable
Autism screening with online decision support by primary care pediatricians aided by M-CHAT/F. Pediatrics. 2016 Sep;138: e20153036.Early identification of children with autism spectrum disorders (ASDs) leads to early intervention and improved outcomes.1 The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends universal screening with a validated tool such as the Modified Checklist for Autism in Toddlers (M-CHAT) at well-child care visits.2 The M-CHAT/R (original M-CHAT and its revised version)- á includes a follow-up interview (the M-CHAT/R-F) designed to clarify positive responses. Use of the M-CHAT/R-F significantly im...
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - September 25, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Autism-related genes found to include genes involved in cancer
Researchers have identified autism-related genes that include genes involved in cancer by using a computational technique that shows how genes interact. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - September 25, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Spoken language shows some improvement following intervention for children with autism: but for which children and why?
Autism is a neurodevelopmental disorder of core social-communication impairment and behavioural inflexibility, often accompanied by delayed language development.1 A key research goal is to understand which interventions are effective, for whom and to what extent. Existing meta-analyses have considered whether particular approaches improve core symptoms, cognitive ability and adaptive behaviour in autism.2 This systematic review and meta-analysis investigated the effects of early behavioural interventions on language outcomes for young children with autism ( (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - September 25, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Newly revealed autism-related genes include genes involved in cancer
(Frontiers) Researchers in Italy have applied a computational technique that accounts for how genes interact, to find new networks of related genes that may be involved in autism spectrum disorder. Some of the genes have not been previously linked to the disorder, and could help scientists to better understand it and develop new treatments. (Source: EurekAlert! - Cancer)
Source: EurekAlert! - Cancer - September 25, 2017 Category: Cancer & Oncology Source Type: news

Child Care Workers Arrested After Video Shows Them Taunting Autistic Patient
Two child care workers from Florida were arrested after video showed them taunting and throwing objects at an 8-year-old autistic boy. Kaderrica Smith, 26, and Alexus Henderson, who was 19 at the time, were fired from their jobs at Our Children’s of Winter Haven in Winter Haven, Fla., according to Winter Haven Police. Smith was charged with battery and child abuse, and Henderson was charged with child neglect. Their professional certificates were also placed on hold so they can’t be employed elsewhere during the investigation, police said. The 3-minute video, which was also posted on Snapchat, showed a worker t...
Source: TIME.com: Top Science and Health Stories - September 22, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Lisa Marie Segarra Tags: Uncategorized Crime Florida onetime Source Type: news

Read Barack Obama ’s Speech Bashing the GOP’s ’50th or 60th’ Attempt to Repeal Obamacare
In conclusion, each of us can make a difference, and I know I’m preaching to the choir here because otherwise you wouldn’t be a goalkeeper. But many of you are young and maybe have only seen forward momentum and may not have seen backward momentum yet. Many of you may confront hurdles and roadblocks and disappointments in the future. And when that happens, that’s the test. The test is not how you feel when things are going good or when you are at a cool conference in New York with Bill and Melinda Gates, and Will I Am. The test is when you’re in the field and you’re on the ground and you are d...
Source: TIME.com: Top Science and Health Stories - September 20, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Aric Jenkins Tags: Uncategorized Barack Obama onetime Source Type: news

Faulty cell signaling derails cerebral cortex development, could it lead to autism?
(University of North Carolina Health Care) As the embryonic brain develops, a complex cascade of cellular events occur, starting with progenitors -- the originating cells that generate neurons and spur proper cortex development. If this cascade malfunctions then the brain can develop abnormally. Eva Anton's lab at UNC has shown how the deletion of the protein APC in progenitor leads to massive disruption of brain development and the Wnt protein pathway, which previously was linked to genes associated with autism. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - September 20, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Research provides clues to treat depression, autism and other neuropsychiatric disorders
(Florida Atlantic University) Alterations in a naturally occurring chemical in the brain called serotonin have been linked to a number of neuropsychiatric disorders including depression, anxiety and autism. A team of researchers is revealing critical insights into the mechanisms that can drive diminished serotonin signaling during development and in adulthood to provide new ways of treating several widespread neuropsychiatric disorders associated with perturbed serotonin signaling. (Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science)
Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science - September 20, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Massive corruption and criminal misconduct uncovered at the CDC; World Mercury Project issues call for extradition of vaccine research criminal
(Natural News) Activist Robert F. Kennedy Jr., whose work to expose the connection between mercury-laced vaccines and increased autism rates has earned him wide praise and plaudits, has released a new report which describes a number of criminal acts allegedly committed by employees and consultants working for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - September 19, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

USC researchers find eight autism-related mutations in one gene
Researchers at the University of Southern California have identified the gene TRIO, which contains eight autism-related mutations in the one single gene. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - September 19, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

How Do We Protect Our Children With Autism From Risky Run-Ins With Police?
Today in the news, I witnessed one of my greatest fears ― a teenaged boy with Autism encountered a police officer who misunderstood (Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post)
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - September 19, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

A piece of the puzzle: 8 autism-related mutations in 1 gene
(University of Southern California) Researchers discover a large number of clustered mutations in a single gene, TRIO, that disrupt the development of the brain's connections and likely contribute to the development of autism-spectrum disorders. The scientists also find that a sister gene linked to schizophrenia, KALRN, is inactive in early brain development, but becomes active in adolescence. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - September 19, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

The brain at work: Spotting half-hidden objects
(University of Washington Health Sciences/UW Medicine) The human and non-human primate brain is remarkable in recognizing partially hidden objects. A study, conducted during a shape recognition task, shows as more of the shape is hidden, a brain area involved in cognition starts to sends signals to the visual cortex. The findings make the scientists wonder if this communication between different brain areas might be impaired in people with autism or Alzheimer's. Both conditions can cause confusion in cluttered surroundings and problems recognizing objects. (Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science)
Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science - September 19, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Scientific Meeting » Autism Spectrum Disorder Pediatric, Early Detection, Engagement and Services (ASD PEDS) Network
The NIMH Division of Services and Intervention Research convened a meeting with researchers from the initial Services Research for Autism Spectrum Disorder Across the Lifespan (ServASD) funding opportunity announcement. (Source: National Institute of Mental Health)
Source: National Institute of Mental Health - September 19, 2017 Category: Psychiatry Authors: National Institute of Mental Health Source Type: news

Pregnant moms who take folic acid cut autism risk from pesticides
(Reuters Health) - Children whose mothers took folic acid supplements early in their pregnancies were less likely to develop autism, even when the pregnant moms were exposed to pesticides linked to the neurodevelopmental disorder, a new study found. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - September 18, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

Scientific Meeting » Autism Spectrum Disorder Pediatric, Early Detection, Engagement and Services (ASD PEDS) Network
The NIMH Division of Services and Intervention Research convened a meeting with researchers from the initial Services Research for Autism Spectrum Disorder Across the Lifespan (ServASD) funding opportunity announcement. (Source: National Institute of Mental Health)
Source: National Institute of Mental Health - September 15, 2017 Category: Psychiatry Authors: National Institute of Mental Health Source Type: news

Eagles team up with CHOP, Jefferson & Drexel to support autism research
The Philadelphia Eagles unveiled plans Friday for what they envision as an annual event to raise money to support autism spectrum research and support. The event, Eagles Autism Challenge, is a cycling and 5K run/walk that will include the participation of team coaches, players, alumni, executives, cheerleaders and even team mascot Swoop. Proceeds will go to the autism program at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Drexel University, and Thoma s Jefferson University and Jefferson Health. The three… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines - September 15, 2017 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: John George Source Type: news

Having the confidence to help
It’s a long way from Kenya to a primary school in the East Midlands, but for teaching assistant Hasmita Dhamelia it’s a journey that has reaped benefits for her and many around her. In a traditional terrace house in Leicester, her front room has a shrine to gods and figures from Hindu, Christian and Buddhist religious traditions, together with shelves of books that range from Oliver Twist through The Colour Purple to a collection of Italian recipes. And for our chat, Somali-style coffee with honey and ginger accompanies Jaffa Cakes. It’s all evidence of how in Hasmita’s life cultures cross-pollinate...
Source: UNISON Health care news - September 15, 2017 Category: UK Health Authors: Amanda Kendal Tags: Magazine activists' learning East Midlands learning reps stars in our schools teaching assistants UNISON Learning Rep Source Type: news

Google Glass App Helps Autistic Children with Social Interactions
A prototype software application, to be used with the optical head-mounted display Google Glass, has been designed as a social-skills coach for children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). A new study published in the open-access journal Frontiers in Robotics and AI finds that the wearable technology can recognize conversational prompts and provide the user with suitable responses in return. Moreover, children find it easy to operate and enjoy using it. (Source: eHealth News EU)
Source: eHealth News EU - September 15, 2017 Category: Information Technology Tags: Featured Research Research and Development Source Type: news

Are You a Hair-Twirler, Nail-Biter or Knuckle-Cracker?
Almost everybody has some kind of tic, and the degree to which you engage in them is a barometer of your peace of mind. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - September 14, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: KATE MURPHY Tags: Psychology and Psychologists Brain Anxiety and Stress Autism Source Type: news

Google Glass app helps autistic children with social interactions
(Frontiers) A new study demonstrates the potential of wearable technology as a social-skills aid for children with autism spectrum disorder. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)
Source: EurekAlert! - Biology - September 14, 2017 Category: Biology Source Type: news

Young Adults With Autism at High Risk for Psychiatric Disorders Young Adults With Autism at High Risk for Psychiatric Disorders
Patients with autism who are entering adulthood use more psychiatric healthcare services than the general population or their peers with other developmental disorders.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - September 13, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Psychiatry News Source Type: news

NHS England launches guides to help people with disabilities access GP online services
NHS England has published guides to help people with sight loss, hearing loss, autism or learning disabilities use online services to book appointments, order repeat prescriptions and view their medical records. (Source: NHS Networks)
Source: NHS Networks - September 13, 2017 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Unyts teams up with NYC group on autism research initiative
The Buffalo-based organ procurement agency will promote brain donations and educational initiatives. (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines - September 12, 2017 Category: American Health Authors: Tracey Drury Source Type: news

Predicting atypical development in infants at high risk for autism?
(Columbia University Medical Center) New research from the Sackler Institute for Developmental Psychobiology at Columbia University Medical Center (CUMC) identifies a potential biomarker that predicts atypical development in 1- to 2-month-old infants at high versus low familial risk for developing autism spectrum disorders (ASD). (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - September 12, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Generic (Scientific) » Autism Spectrum Disorder Pediatric, Early Detection, Engagement and Services (ASD PEDS) Network
The NIMH Division of Services and Intervention Research convened a meeting with researchers from the initial Services Research for Autism Spectrum Disorder Across the Lifespan (ServASD) funding opportunity announcement. (Source: National Institute of Mental Health)
Source: National Institute of Mental Health - September 11, 2017 Category: Psychiatry Authors: National Institute of Mental Health Source Type: news

Autism on screen may reinforce stereotypes, study finds
(University of Edinburgh) Fictional portrayals of autistic people -- such as The Big Bang Theory's Sheldon Cooper -- are not fully representative of those with the condition, research from the Universities of Edinburgh and Oslo suggests. (Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science)
Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science - September 11, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

UC Davis Health receives $12 million grant to continue studying autism
UC Davis Health has received a five-year, $12 million grant to study and develop potential treatments for children with autism who suffer from additional conditions. According to the National Institutes of Health, which awards the grants, only nine research institutions received Autism Centers of Excellence grants nationwide. The Medical Investigation of Neurodevelopmental Disorders Institute at UC Davis will use the money to focus on children with autism who also suffer from acute anxiety and… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines - September 8, 2017 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Scott Rodd Source Type: news

UC Davis Health receives $12 million grant to continue studying autism
UC Davis Health has received a five-year, $12 million grant to study and develop potential treatments for children with autism who suffer from additional conditions. According to the National Institutes of Health, which awards the grants, only nine research institutions received Autism Centers of Excellence grants nationwide. The Medical Investigation of Neurodevelopmental Disorders Institute at UC Davis will use the money to focus on children with autism who also suffer from acute anxiety and… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines - September 8, 2017 Category: Biotechnology Authors: Scott Rodd Source Type: news

Folic acid may decrease autism risk linked to pesticides
By taking folic acid around the time of conception, mothers-to-be may reduce their child's risk of pesticide-related autism, a new study suggests. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - September 8, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Could Folic Acid Fight a Cause of Autism?
Prenatal supplements may help reduce harms of pesticide exposure, study suggests Source: HealthDay Related MedlinePlus Pages: Autism Spectrum Disorder, Folic Acid, Pesticides (Source: MedlinePlus Health News)
Source: MedlinePlus Health News - September 8, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

The effectiveness of aquatic group therapy for improving water safety and social interactions in children with autism spectrum disorder: a pilot program - Alaniz ML, Rosenberg SS, Beard NR, Rosario ER.
This study exam... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - September 8, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Age: Infants and Children Source Type: news

Could Folic Acid Fight a Cause of Autism?
FRIDAY, Sept. 8, 2017 -- By taking folic acid around the time of conception, mothers-to-be may reduce their child's risk of pesticide-related autism, a new study suggests. " We found that if the mom was taking folic acid during the window around... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - September 8, 2017 Category: General Medicine Source Type: news

Folic acid may mitigate autism risk from pesticides
(University of California - Davis Health System) Researchers at UC Davis and other institutions have shown that mothers who take recommended amounts of folic acid around conception might reduce their children's pesticide-related autism risk. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - September 8, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

NIH awards $100m in funding for research projects on Autism
The US National Institutes of Health (NIH) has awarded nine research grants worth around $100m over the next five years for the Autism Centres of Excellence (ACE). (Source: Pharmaceutical Technology)
Source: Pharmaceutical Technology - September 7, 2017 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Antidepressants in Utero Tied to Psychiatric Disorders in Kids Antidepressants in Utero Tied to Psychiatric Disorders in Kids
In utero antidepressant exposure may increase the risk for autism spectrum disorder, mood disorders, and behavioral and emotional disorders in children, a large Danish study shows.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Psychiatry Headlines)
Source: Medscape Psychiatry Headlines - September 7, 2017 Category: Psychiatry Tags: Psychiatry News Source Type: news

Risk of suicide attempts among adolescents and young adults with autism spectrum disorder: a nationwide longitudinal follow-up study - Chen MH, Pan TL, Lan WH, Hsu JW, Huang KL, Su TP, Li CT, Lin WC, Wei HT, Chen TJ, Bai YM.
BACKGROUND: Previous studies reported a high prevalence of depression among patients with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and suggested a relationship between ASD and suicidality. However, whether ASD independently increases the risk of attempted suicide re... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - September 7, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Age: Adolescents Source Type: news

NIH awards nearly $100 million for Autism Centers of Excellence program
Program supports large research projects aimed at understanding and developing interventions for autism spectrum disorder (Source: National Institutes of Health (NIH) News Releases)
Source: National Institutes of Health (NIH) News Releases - September 7, 2017 Category: American Health Source Type: news

Using the Five Senses for Anxiety Relief
Anxiety is a disease that bites many. Anxiety doesn’t discriminate against age, sex, religion, race, or any other related demographics. It affects people differently and manifests in different ways. It can affect our thoughts, emotions, and even physical health if we let it get out of control. Everyone might deal with fright or worry from time to time, but take it up another notch and anxiety will override any of those milder forms. Anxiety is nothing to be afraid of because it can be mastered with the right tools. The following is a list of tricks on how to use your five senses to calm and overcome your anxiety. Pe...
Source: Psych Central - September 6, 2017 Category: Psychiatry Authors: Amy Hunt Tags: Anxiety General Happiness Health Insurance Herbs & Supplements Self-Esteem anxious thoughts calming Relaxation Sensory Perception worry Source Type: news

Common cerebral white matter abnormalities found in children with autistic traits
(NYU Langone Health / NYU School of Medicine) Brain imaging study shows white matter structural changes in children correspond to severity of autistic traits. (Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science)
Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science - September 6, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Back to School, Back to Planning for Kids with Autism, ADHD
Thinking ahead and keeping a calendar with important dates can help make transition smoother Source: HealthDay Related MedlinePlus Pages: Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, Autism Spectrum Disorder, School Health (Source: MedlinePlus Health News)
Source: MedlinePlus Health News - September 5, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Brief report: Social support, depression and suicidal ideation in adults with autism spectrum disorder - Hedley D, Uljarevi ć M, Wilmot M, Richdale A, Dissanayake C.
This study examined perceived social support as a potential protecti... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - September 5, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Ergonomics, Human Factors, Anthropometrics, Physiology Source Type: news

Back to School, Back to Planning for Kids With Autism, ADHD
Title: Back to School, Back to Planning for Kids With Autism, ADHDCategory: Health NewsCreated: 9/4/2017 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 9/5/2017 12:00:00 AM (Source: MedicineNet Kids Health General)
Source: MedicineNet Kids Health General - September 5, 2017 Category: Pediatrics Source Type: news

Split-brain fruit fly research gives new insight into autism
(University of Nevada, Reno) Neuroscientists working in the biology department at the University of Nevada, Reno have identified a new genetic mechanism in fruit flies they believe is responsible for disruption of the brain pathways connecting the left and right hemispheres of the brain; which has separately been linked to autism. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - September 5, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Gary Numan: I don’t see my Asperger’s as a disability - it’s an advantage
SYNTH-POP superstar Gary Numan believes the alien-like character he adopts on stage to belt out his best-known hits such as Are “Friends” Electric? and Cars is much more than just a stage persona. Rather, it is representative of the Asperger syndrome he has lived with all his life. (Source: Daily Express - Health)
Source: Daily Express - Health - September 4, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Back to School, Back to Planning for Kids With Autism, ADHD
Thinking ahead and keeping a calendar with important dates can help make transition smoother (Source: The Doctors Lounge - Psychiatry)
Source: The Doctors Lounge - Psychiatry - September 4, 2017 Category: Psychiatry Tags: Family Medicine, Pediatrics, Psychiatry, News, Source Type: news

Back to School, Back to Planning for Kids With Autism, ADHD
MONDAY, Sept. 4, 2017 -- The start of a new school year isn't always easy, especially for kids with developmental and behavioral issues, such as autism and attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder. Parents of these children may also have concerns... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - September 4, 2017 Category: General Medicine Source Type: news

Longitudinal study of driver licensing and motor vehicle crash rates among teens with autism (Safety-2016 abstract #847) - Curry AE, Metzger KB, Yerys B, Gruschow S, Pfeiffer MR, Huang P.
Background Two-thirds of teens with ASD without intellectual disability (ID) reported that they plan to drive but deficits in attention, cognition, and executive function may impact their ability to drive safely. Almost nothing is known about licensure and... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - September 4, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Age: Adolescents Source Type: news