Brief report: genetic links between autism and suicidal behavior-a preliminary investigation - DiBlasi E, Kirby AV, Gaj E, Docherty AR, Keeshin BR, Bakian AV, Coon H.
Evidence suggests there may be increased risk for suicidal behavior among individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). An emerging body of research explores social factors that may contribute to increased risk, however little is known about the potenti... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - February 28, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Age: Adolescents Source Type: news

How Aripiprazole's Promise for Treating Autism Fell Short
Aripiprazole, marketed as Abilify, is widely thought to be safer than risperidone, the only other drug approved for use in autistic children. A decade's worth of data suggests that is not true. (Source: The Scientist)
Source: The Scientist - February 27, 2020 Category: Science Tags: News & Opinion Source Type: news

Horse Riding Plus Brain-Building Exercises May Help Kids With Autism, ADHD Horse Riding Plus Brain-Building Exercises May Help Kids With Autism, ADHD
A combination of horseback riding and brain-building activities may help improve motor skills in children with neurodevelopmental conditions like autism-spectrum disorders and ADHD, a small study suggests.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - February 27, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Psychiatry News Source Type: news

Brain wiring could be behind learning difficulties, say experts
Scientists say current system for labelling children with difficulties is ‘too simple’Learning difficulties are not linked to differences in particular brain regions, but in how the brain is wired, research suggests.According to figures from the Department for Education, 14.9% of all pupils in England – about 1.3 million children – had special educational needs in January 2019, with 271,200 having difficulties that required support beyond typical special needs provision. Dyslexia, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), autism and dyspraxia are among conditions linked to learning dif ficult...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - February 27, 2020 Category: Science Authors: Nicola Davis Tags: Neuroscience Dyslexia Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder Autism Health Education Society Schools Source Type: news

When the Police Stop a Teenager With Special Needs
People with autism or other special needs may repeat words, avoid eye contact and run from authorities. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - February 27, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Michele C. Hollow Tags: Children and Childhood Autism Parenting Police Source Type: news

Socially assistive robot helps children with autism learn
(University of Southern California) Researchers at USC's Department of Computer Science have developed personalized learning robots for children with autism. They also studied whether the robots could estimate a child's interest in a task using machine learning. (Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science)
Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science - February 27, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Role of school bullying involvement in depression, anxiety, suicidality, and low self-esteem among adolescents with high-functioning autism spectrum disorder - Chou WJ, Wang PW, Hsiao RC, Hu HF, Yen CF.
This study aimed to compare the severities of psychopathologies and the level of self-esteem among 219 adolescents with high-functioning autism spectrum disorder (ASD) who were classified into pure perpetrators, pure victims, perpetrator-victims, and neutr... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - February 26, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Age: Adolescents Source Type: news

Co-occurrence of autistic and psychotic traits: implications for depression, self-harm and suicidality - Sampson KN, Upthegrove R, Abu-Akel A, Haque S, Wood SJ, Reniers R.
BACKGROUND: There is increasing interest in the clinical and aetiological overlap between autism spectrum disorders and schizophrenia spectrum disorders, reported to co-occur at both diagnostic and trait levels. Individually, sub-clinical autistic and psyc... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - February 26, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Ergonomics, Human Factors, Anthropometrics, Physiology Source Type: news

Examining the relationship between autism traits and sleep duration as predictors of suicidality - Hochard KD, Pendrous R, Mari T, Flynn S.
Short sleep duration is a known risk factor for suicidality in the general population, yet it is unclear how short sleep interacts with autism traits in predicting suicidality. In this cross-sectional online study, a general population sample (N  = 650)... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - February 26, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Research Methods, Surveillance and Codes, Models Source Type: news

Getting Quality Autism Therapy From Thousands of Miles Away
TUESDAY, Feb. 25, 2020 -- By the time he was 7 months old, John Michael Crawford had been diagnosed with a rare genetic disorder called tuberous sclerosis, associated with a high risk of developmental delays, including autism. Early intervention... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - February 25, 2020 Category: General Medicine Source Type: news

Getting Quality Autism Therapy From Thousands of Miles Away
Features a telemedicine program that helps rural children and their families access clinical trials of early behavioral interventions. The program targets social and nonverbal communication skills and allows families to access the services on their own time without having to travel long distances. (Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center - February 25, 2020 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

Philadelphia Eagles foundation divvies up $3.6M for 'transformational' autism research
The Eagles Autism Foundation will support 16 autism-related initiatives from the $3.6 million raised by participants in the second annual Eagles Autism Challenge last May. The winners encompass eight pilot studies, six community projects and two postdoctoral fellowships. The foundation received 52 research proposals for grant funding along with 17 community grant applications. Finalists for grant funding went through a detailed evaluation process conducted by an independent team of scientists… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines - February 24, 2020 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: John George Source Type: news

This app helps people with special needs make friends
Juliana Fetherman was in middle school when she started to notice that her younger brother, Michael, who has ADHD and autism, was having problems making friends. (Source: CNN.com - Health)
Source: CNN.com - Health - February 22, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Study detects abnormally low levels of a key protein in brains of young men with autism
(Massachusetts General Hospital) Brains of young men with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) have low levels of a protein that appears to play a role in inflammation and metabolism. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - February 21, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Intervention is essential for reducing loneliness and social isolation in ASD
(Bar-Ilan University) Researchers evaluated the efficacy of the Preschool Peer Social Intervention in facilitating peer engagement among preschoolers with autism spectrum disorders (ASD), with a primary goal of increasing their social engagement during mixed interactions with their peers with ASD and peers with typical development. Key results showed that interaction, play and conversation intervention groups improved over time. Preschoolers with ASD demonstrated more complex social play capabilities, better interaction skills and more adaptive social conversations, leading to better social inclusion with their typical pee...
Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science - February 21, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

First of its kind checklist may help to pick up ‘hidden’ autism in adults
Understanding compensatory strategies used by those affected could help GPs detect signs, say researchers Related items fromOnMedica MHRA tightens licence restrictions on valproate for women GPs need more time to treat complex needs Genetic risk model could guide prostate cancer screening NICE issues guidelines on neurological conditions GP gatekeepers linked to reduced patient satisfaction (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - February 21, 2020 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

How Artificial Intelligence Can Help Pick the Best Depression Treatments for You
Seeking out help for depression is hard enough. It doesn’t make things any easier that it can take weeks, months or longer of trying different treatments to find something that works. Doctors typically start patients on antidepressants, but they take at least four weeks to start working, and research has shown that only about 30% respond well to the first drug they’re prescribed. “Right now, treatment selection is purely based on trial and error,” says Dr. Madhukar Trivedi, a professor of psychiatry at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center. But promising new research published in Febru...
Source: TIME: Health - February 20, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Mandy Oaklander Tags: Uncategorized Artificial Intelligence medicine mental health onetime psychiatry Source Type: news

Common Plastics Chemicals Linked to Autism Traits in Young Boys
The study didn't identify a heightened risk for autism per se among boys, but rather a "small" increase in the chance for developing certain autism-related traits by age 3 or 4. (Source: WebMD Health)
Source: WebMD Health - February 19, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Prenatal Exposure to Phthalates Tied to Autistic Traits in Children
WEDNESDAY, Feb. 19, 2020 -- Gestational exposure to phthalates is associated with higher scores on the Social Responsiveness Scale II (SRS-2), as a measure of autistic traits and social impairment, according to a study published online Feb. 19 in... (Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News)
Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News - February 19, 2020 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Chemicals in cosmetics, other products linked to autism traits in boys
In utero exposure to the chemical phthalate has been linked with autistic traits in young boys, according to an analysis published Wednesday in the journal Environmental Health Perspectives. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - February 19, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Common Plastics Chemicals Linked to Autism Traits in Young Boys
WEDNESDAY, Feb. 19, 2020 -- Young boys whose mothers were exposed to chemicals known as phthalates while pregnant may face an increased risk for developing behaviors associated with autism, a new study warns. Phthalates are chemicals found in many... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - February 19, 2020 Category: General Medicine Source Type: news

Study finds empathy can be detected in people whose brains are at rest
UCLA researchers have found that it is possible to assess a person ’s ability to feel empathy by studying their brain activity while they are resting rather than while they are engaged in specific tasks.  Traditionally, empathy is assessed through the use of questionnaires and psychological assessments. The findings of this study offer an alternative to people who may have difficulty filling out questionnaires, such as people with severe mental illness or autism, said senior author Dr. Marco Iacoboni, professor of psychiatry and biobehavioral sciences at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA.“Assessi...
Source: UCLA Newsroom: Health Sciences - February 18, 2020 Category: Universities & Medical Training Source Type: news

Autism services provider plans to open 13 new centers, increase staffing fivefold
The Voorhees-based company, which also helps children with other neurological conditions, expects to open 13 treatment centers over the next two years. (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines - February 18, 2020 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: John George Source Type: news

Associated factors of self-injury among adolescents with autism spectrum disorder in a community and residential treatment setting - Flowers J, Lantz J, Hamlin T, Simeonsson RJ.
Self-injurious behavior (SIB) occurs in up to 50% of individuals with autism. As one of the most serious conditions in individuals with developmental disabilities, SIB affects the individual and his or her family in multiple contexts. A systematic analysis... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - February 17, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Age: Adolescents Source Type: news

Christine McGuinness reveals the tell-tale sign her third child had autism
CHRISTINE MCGUINNESS and husband Paddy recently revealed their third child, daughter Felicity, had autism. The couple's six-year-old twins were diagnosed with autism at the age of three, and the former Miss Liverpool has now revealed how she knew Felicity had the disorder before she was diagnosed. (Source: Daily Express - Health)
Source: Daily Express - Health - February 17, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

How this CEO keeps doubling her organization's size
This Central Florida leader continues to pave a new future for the Florida Autism Center, including big growth plans within and outside its walls. (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines - February 17, 2020 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Richard Bilbao Source Type: news

How this CEO keeps doubling her organization's size
This Central Florida leader continues to pave a new future for the Florida Autism Center, including big growth plans within and outside its walls. (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines - February 17, 2020 Category: Biotechnology Authors: Richard Bilbao Source Type: news

DGIST increased the possibility of early diagnosis for neuro-developmental disorders
(DGIST (Daegu Gyeongbuk Institute of Science and Technology)) DGIST identified causes of hypersensitivity accompanied by neurodevelopmental disorder such as autism-spectrum disorder (ASD). This is expected to make huge contributions to the early diagnosis of sensory-defective symptom brought with neurodevelopmental disorder and cancer as well as the improvement of anti-cancer drug side effects. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)
Source: EurekAlert! - Biology - February 14, 2020 Category: Biology Source Type: news

Key modifier identified in large genetic deletion related to neurodevelopmental disorders
(Penn State) Neurodevelopmental disorders, including schizophrenia and autism, likely result from complex interactions that modify the effects of individual genes, according to new research. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - February 14, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Homeopaths banned from practising quack autism 'treatment' by Government
The Professional Standards Authority today issued a deadline for homeopaths to stop the advertising as NHS national medical director Stephen Powis said the decision isn't enough. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - February 13, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Links between self-injury and suicidality in autism - Moseley RL, Gregory NJ, Smith P, Allison C, Baron-Cohen S.
BACKGROUND: Autistic individuals without intellectual disability are at heightened risk of self-injury, and appear to engage in it for similar reasons as non-autistic people. A wide divergence of autistic perspectives on self-injury, including those who fr... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - February 13, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Age: Adolescents Source Type: news

Predicting autism risk may begin with a drop of blood
(University of California - San Diego) A novel research study by UC San Diego researchers will determine whether testing stored blood drops, recorded at birth, for 1,000 different molecules and chemicals can help predict autism risk years before symptoms would likely appear. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - February 13, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Recommendations Issued for Sleep Disturbance in Pediatric Autism
Behavioral strategies recommended as first - line treatment approach for children, teens with ASD (Source: The Doctors Lounge - Psychiatry)
Source: The Doctors Lounge - Psychiatry - February 13, 2020 Category: Psychiatry Tags: Family Medicine, Neurology, Pediatrics, Pharmacy, Psychiatry, Journal, Source Type: news

Cognoa teams up with Autism Learning Partners; meditation.live available on Slack Marketplace and more digital health deals
Also: Thomas Jefferson University Hospitals deployed LifeLink's text chatbot; Advantia Health inks deal with West Virginia's WIC program.   (Source: mobihealthnews)
Source: mobihealthnews - February 12, 2020 Category: Information Technology Source Type: news

Recommendations Issued for Sleep Disturbance in Pediatric Autism
WEDNESDAY, Feb. 12, 2020 -- In an American Academy of Neurology practice guideline, published online Feb. 12 in Neurology, recommendations are presented for addressing sleep disturbances in children and adolescents with autism spectrum disorder... (Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News)
Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News - February 12, 2020 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Dad 'cannot speak' to autistic son at mental health unit
Wayne Erasmus says he has not been able to see or speak to his son Huw for three years. (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)
Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition - February 12, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Gene associated with autism also controls growth of the embryonic brain
A UCLA-led study reveals a new role for a gene that ’s associated with autism spectrum disorder, intellectual disability and language impairment.The gene, Foxp1, has previously been studied for its function in the neurons of the developing brain. But the new study reveals that it ’s also important in a group of brain stem cells — the precursors to mature neurons.“This discovery really broadens the scope of where we think Foxp1 is important,” said Bennett Novitch, a member of the Eli and Edythe Broad Center of Regenerative Medicine and Stem Cell Research at UCLA and the senior author ...
Source: UCLA Newsroom: Health Sciences - February 12, 2020 Category: Universities & Medical Training Source Type: news

Parent-reported rates and clinical correlates of suicidality in children with autism spectrum disorder: a longitudinal study - Hunsche MC, Saqui S, Mirenda P, Zaidman-Zait A, Bennett T, Duku E, Elsabbagh M, Georgiades S, Smith IM, Szatmari P, Ungar WJ, Vaillancourt T, Waddell C, Zwaigenbaum L, Kerns CM.
This study investigated rates of suicidal ideation (SI) and suicidal and/or self-injurious behaviour (SSIB) reported by parents on the Child Behavior Checklist for 178 children with ASD over four annual assessments (ages 7-11  years). Analyses examined the... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - February 11, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Age: Adolescents Source Type: news

Paddy McGuinness: 'Every day our hearts break' Presenter and wife on health admission
PADDY MCGUINNESS exudes confidence during his TV appearances and is never afraid to showcase his witty sense of humour. But in the past, the Top Gear presenter has opened up about the struggles he and his wife have faced being the parents of autistic children. (Source: Daily Express - Health)
Source: Daily Express - Health - February 11, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Research points to potential brain marker of stress and its effects on problem solving
(University of Missouri-Columbia) Stress response is the body's normal physiological reaction to a situation that it perceives as threatening. However, stress can also impact important aspects of thinking, including problem solving. Researchers from the University of Missouri School of Medicine and the MU Thompson Center for Autism and Neurodevelopmental Disorders have discovered a potential indicator of how stress affects the brain and alters its ability to problem solve. These findings could ultimately understand and optimize treatment for patients suffering from stress-related illnesses. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - February 11, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Roche provides topline results from investigator-led Phase II/III trial with gantenerumab in rare inherited form of Alzheimer ’s disease
Basel, 10 February 2020 - Roche (SIX: RO, ROG; OTCQX: RHHBY) today announced that the gantenerumab arm of the Phase II/III DIAN-TU-001 study did not meet its primary endpoint in people who have an early-onset, inherited form of Alzheimer ’s disease (AD). This form of AD, known as autosomal dominant AD (ADAD), accounts for less than 1% of all cases of the disease.1 The study, sponsored by Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, US, did not show a significant slowing of the rate of cognitive decline in people treated with investigational medicine gantenerumab as measured by the novel DIAN Multivariate Co...
Source: Roche Media News - February 10, 2020 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Roche provides topline results from investigator-led Phase II/III trial with gantenerumab in rare inherited form of Alzheimer ’s disease
Basel, 10 February 2020 - Roche (SIX: RO, ROG; OTCQX: RHHBY) today announced that the gantenerumab arm of the Phase II/III DIAN-TU-001 study did not meet its primary endpoint in people who have an early-onset, inherited form of Alzheimer ’s disease (AD). This form of AD, known as autosomal dominant AD (ADAD), accounts for less than 1% of all cases of the disease.1 The study, sponsored by Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, US, did not show a significant slowing of the rate of cognitive decline in people treated with investigational medicine gantenerumab as measured by the novel DIAN Multivariate Co...
Source: Roche Investor Update - February 10, 2020 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

UNH researchers find synchronization of memory cells critical for learning and forming memories
(University of New Hampshire) Researchers at the University of New Hampshire found that the neurons, or memory cells, involved in Pavlovian learning shift their behavior during the learning process and become more synchronized when a memory is formed -- a finding that helps better understand memory mechanisms and provides clues for the development of future therapies for memory-related diseases like dementia, autism and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - February 6, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

DNA Damage Linked to Brain Overgrowth in Autism
Cell lines from individuals with macrocephalic autism spectrum disorder have an increased number of double-strand breaks in the DNA of long neural genes. (Source: The Scientist)
Source: The Scientist - February 5, 2020 Category: Science Tags: News & Opinion Source Type: news

Gluten- and casein-free diets found not to affect behavior of autistic children
(University of Granada) The study, conducted by the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Granada, involved more than 50 children diagnosed with autism-spectrum disorders (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - February 5, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Autism screening rate soars with use of CHICA system developed by Regenstrief and IU
(Regenstrief Institute) Universal early screening for autism is recommended for all children but is not routinely performed. A new study from Regenstrief Institute and Indiana University School of Medicine researchers, published in JAMA Network Open, reports that the system they designed and developed called CHICA (short for Child Health Improvement through Computer Automation), increased the autism screening rate at 24 months of age from zero to 100%. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - February 5, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Inadequate Myelination of Neurons Tied to Autism: Study
A mouse model of autism and postmortem brains of autistic individuals showed a lack of mature oligodendrocytes and less myelination than controls. (Source: The Scientist)
Source: The Scientist - February 5, 2020 Category: Science Tags: News & Opinion Source Type: news

Bumetanide Promising for Reducing Autism Symptoms
TUESDAY, Feb. 4, 2020 -- Bumetanide seems effective for improving symptoms of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) in young children, according to a study published online Jan. 27 in Translational Psychiatry. Lingli Zhang, from the Shanghai Jiao Tong... (Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News)
Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News - February 4, 2020 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Oxytocin helps behaviour problems in autism
According to a study published inMolecular Autism, giving oxytocin to adults with autism may help improve repetitive behaviour and attachment problems in the long-term.Medscape (Source: Society for Endocrinology)
Source: Society for Endocrinology - February 4, 2020 Category: Endocrinology Source Type: news

Danish Startup Helping People With Autism and ADHD Raises Investment From Founders Of Kahoot
Digital startup Tiimo, an app for people affected by autism and ADHD, has reached its crowdfunding goal of $340,000. (Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News)
Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News - February 4, 2020 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Nicholas Fearn, Contributor Source Type: news