Rates of Suicide, Suicide Attempts Up for Individuals With Autism
WEDNESDAY, Jan. 20, 2021 -- The rates of suicide attempts and suicide are increased among individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), according to a study published online Jan. 12 in JAMA Network Open. Kairi K õlves, Ph.D., from Griffith... (Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News)
Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News - January 20, 2021 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

COVID-19 guide for care staff supporting adults with learning disabilities or autistic adults, SCIE (updated 20th January 2021)
This is a guide to help care staff and personal assistants supporting adults with learning disabilities and autistic adults through the COVID-19 crisis. Its aim is to assist high-quality care and support during the pandemic. It is aimed at supporting staff to work as safely and proactively as possible. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - January 20, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

COVID-19 guide for social workers and occupational therapists supporting adults with learning disabilities and autistic adults, SCIE (updated 20th January 2021)
This guidance aims to help occupational therapists and social workers keep people with learning disabilities and autistic adults safe, and to help them play their part in getting through this national emergency. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - January 20, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Potential Treatment for Autism or Not? Potential Treatment for Autism or Not?
The article purported to show that the drug ubiquinol could improve the ability of children with autism to communicate with their parents, communicate verbally, play games, and help other behaviors.Retraction Watch (Source: Medscape Neurology and Neurosurgery Headlines)
Source: Medscape Neurology and Neurosurgery Headlines - January 20, 2021 Category: Neurology Tags: Neurology & Neurosurgery News Source Type: news

The Family Cat Could Be Good Medicine for Kids With Autism
(Source: The Doctors Lounge - Psychiatry)
Source: The Doctors Lounge - Psychiatry - January 19, 2021 Category: Psychiatry Tags: Family Medicine, Pediatrics, Psychiatry, News, Source Type: news

The Family Cat Could Be Good Medicine for Kids With Autism
TUESDAY, Jan. 19, 2021 -- Cats have a long history of boosting people's moods and brightening their days. And that's probably true for kids on the autism spectrum as well, new research shows. The small study suggests that adopting a shelter cat may... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - January 19, 2021 Category: General Medicine Source Type: news

Mental health conditions alarmingly high among children with autism
(University of British Columbia) Nearly 78 per cent of children with autism have at least one mental health condition and nearly half have more than that. Mental health conditions were present in 44.8 per cent of pre-school age children with autism--a group among which prevalence had not previously been established using a large, population-based sample. Only 14.1 per cent of children without autism (ages 3-17) had mental health conditions. (Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science)
Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science - January 19, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

The Promise of Scientific Partnerships with People on the Spectrum
Five collaborations involving autistic scientists and experts are advancing autism research, from lending support for theories of the condition to shoring up trials of new treatments. (Source: The Scientist)
Source: The Scientist - January 18, 2021 Category: Science Tags: News & Opinion Source Type: news

Peter and friends talk about Covid-19 and having a learning disability and/or autism, Foundation for People with Learning Disabilities
This free-to-download book explores what it means to have a learning disability and/or autism during the COVID-19 pandemic. It contains stories from people in a variety of different situations and from a number of different countries, including Great Britain. Chapters include: all about COVID and why we wrote the book; insights and experiences from people with learning disabilities; stories from parents and carers; individuals, teams and organisations supporting people with learning disabilities through the virus; mental health, technology and the 5 Ways to Wellbeing – coping with the pandemic. (Source: Current ...
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - January 18, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Comparison of motor vehicle crashes, traffic violations, and license suspensions between autistic and non-autistic adolescent and young adult drivers - Curry AE, Metzger KB, Carey ME, Sartin EB, Huang P, Yerys BE.
OBJECTIVE: One-third of autistic individuals obtain a driver's license by age 21; however, prior studies suggest they may be at heightened risk for motor vehicle crashes. We compared objective rates of crashes, traffic violations, and license suspensions f... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - January 18, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Age: Adolescents Source Type: news

Investigating the driving behaviours of learner drivers with autism spectrum disorder: an on-road assessment with global navigation satellite system data - Zuylen MV, Lee HC, Wilson N, Chee D, Vaz S, Sun Q.
Learning to drive is made more difficult by the symptoms and patterns of behaviour associated with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Most of the current evidence on the driving behaviours of learner drivers with ASD has been conducted in simulated settings, ... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - January 18, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Age: Adolescents Source Type: news

Assessment of suicidal behaviors among individuals with autism spectrum disorder in Denmark - Kolves K, Fitzgerald C, Nordentoft M, Wood SJ, Erlangsen A.
IMPORTANCE: There is limited evidence supporting an association of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) with suicidality and the risk factors for suicide attempt and suicide among people with ASD. Existing research highlights the need for national cohort studi... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - January 15, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Suicide and Self-Harm Source Type: news

Death by suicide among people with autism: beyond zebrafish - South M, Costa AP, McMorris C.
[Abstract unavailable] Language: en... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - January 15, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Research Methods, Surveillance and Codes, Models Source Type: news

Special interests can be assets for youth with autism
(University of Missouri-Columbia) COLUMBIA, Mo. - When he was in middle school, teachers would give Sam Curran a list of words to type in a computer to practice his vocabulary. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - January 15, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Sperm Samples May Help Predict Autism Risk in Offspring
THURSDAY, Jan. 14, 2021 -- Biomarkers in sperm may help identify men at risk of fathering children with autism, researchers say. For the study, investigators examined sperm epigenetics -- the molecular processes that affect gene expression -- in 13... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - January 14, 2021 Category: General Medicine Source Type: news

Centre for Mental Health welcomes Government's proposals to modernise the Mental Health Act
The Mental Health Act in England and Wales must be modernised to treat people with respect and dignity, and today's proposals from the Government are a welcome step toward that goal, Centre for Mental Health chief executive Sarah Hughes said today. Responding to the government white paper Reforming the Mental Health Act, Sarah Hughes said: “Two years ago, Sir Simon Wessely's independent review of the Mental Health Act set out a comprehensive modernisation plan for a system that is outdated and in urgent need of change. I am pleased that the Government has accepted the majority of those recommendations today. And we ...
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - January 14, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

COVID-19: supporting adults with learning disabilities and autistic adults, DHSC (updated 14th January 2021)
Guidance for care staff who are supporting adults with learning disabilities and autistic adults during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. 14 January 2021This guidance has been updated to reflect new national lockdown rules in England. 26 November 2020Updated to include relevant links to guidance on the local restriction tier system that will be in place in England from 2 December. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - January 14, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Mothers of children with Autism found to have significantly different metabolite levels
(Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute) Blood sample analysis showed that, two to five years after they gave birth, mothers of children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) had several significantly different metabolite levels compared to mothers of typically developing children. That's according to new research recently published in BMC Pediatrics by a multidisciplinary team from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Arizona State University, and the Mayo Clinic. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)
Source: EurekAlert! - Biology - January 13, 2021 Category: Biology Source Type: news

Cats may help increase empathy, decrease anxiety for kids with autism
(University of Missouri-Columbia) While there is plenty of existing research emphasizing the benefits of dogs for children with autism, Carlisle's newest study has found cats may help increase empathy while decreasing separation anxiety for children with autism. (Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science)
Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science - January 12, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Autism May Raise Risk for Substance Use Disorder
Risk for SUD lower for subgroups of individuals with ASD receiving one or multiple psychotropic agents (Source: The Doctors Lounge - Psychiatry)
Source: The Doctors Lounge - Psychiatry - January 11, 2021 Category: Psychiatry Tags: Family Medicine, Neurology, Pediatrics, Pharmacy, Psychiatry, Journal, Source Type: news

Treatment of aggression in adults with autism spectrum disorder: a review - Im DS.
BACKGROUND: Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a neurodevelopmental disorder characterized by markedly impaired social interaction, impaired communication, and restricted/repetitive patterns of behavior, interests, and activities. In addition to challenge... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - January 11, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Research Methods, Surveillance and Codes, Models Source Type: news

Autism May Raise Risk for Substance Use Disorder
MONDAY, Jan. 11, 2021 -- Individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) have an increased risk for substance use disorder (SUD), according to a study published online Jan. 4 in JAMA Pediatrics. Jing-Syuan Huang, M.D., from the National Defense... (Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News)
Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News - January 11, 2021 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Advances in understanding autism, based on " mosaic " mutations
(Boston Children's Hospital) Two studies in today'sNature Neuroscience, led by researchers at Boston Children's Hospital, Brigham and Women's Hospital (BWH), and Harvard Medical School (HMS), implicate mosaic mutations arising during embryonic development as a cause of autism spectrum disorder (ASD). The findings open new areas for exploring the genetics of ASD and could eventually inform diagnostic testing. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - January 11, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Parental birth abnormalities and offspring ’s autism linked
Parents who were themselves born prematurely are more likely to have children with autism spectrum disorder, a Yale School of Public Health study finds. (Source: Yale Science and Health News)
Source: Yale Science and Health News - January 8, 2021 Category: Universities & Medical Training Source Type: news

Anne Hegerty health: The Governess is on the autism spectrum - signs of Asperger's
ANNE HEGERTY gained the title The Governess on the TV show The Chase. Ever so successful, a spin-off version called Beat The Chasers is now on the television, with Anne starring. What are the signs of Asperger's? (Source: Daily Express - Health)
Source: Daily Express - Health - January 8, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Autism theory 25 years in the making
(Vanderbilt University Medical Center) A unifying explanation of the cause of autism and the reason for its rising prevalence has eluded scientists for decades, but a theoretical model published in the journal Medical Hypotheses describes the cause as a combination of socially valued traits, common in autism, and any number of co-occurring disabilities. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - January 8, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Study: Parents born early nearly twice as likely to have children with autism
Parents who were born very prematurely are nearly twice as likely to have children with autism spectrum disorder, according to a study published Thursday by the International Journal of Epidemiology. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - January 7, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Communicating with people with a learning disability and autism, dementia and mental health needs
This guidance has been assessed to identify potential equality impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on people with mental health needs and a learning disability and autistic people. (Source: NHS Networks)
Source: NHS Networks - January 7, 2021 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Management of self-injurious behavior, aggression, and psychogenic non-epileptic seizures in patients with tuberous sclerosis: a case report with a review of literature - Ortiz JF, Ruxmohan S, Gomez J, Lalama HA, Taylor A, Smith DW.
Tuberous sclerosis complex (TSC) is a neurocutaneous disorder that affects multiple systems. TSC encompasses neurobehavioral abnormalities that are considered less sensitive and specific to the disease. Autism spectrum disorder, attention deficit disorde... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - January 6, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Research Methods, Surveillance and Codes, Models Source Type: news

Mount Sinai and Rumi Scientific team up to advance autism drug discovery
(The Mount Sinai Hospital / Mount Sinai School of Medicine) The Seaver Autism Center for Research and Treatment at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai and Rumi Scientific announced today that they will team up to initiate a drug discovery pipeline for rare genetic disorders that carry a high risk of autism. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - January 6, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Bioinformatics Sheds Light on the Genetics of Autism
Two researchers from the Simons Foundation discussed their work with big data to study the genetics underlying autism spectrum disorder. (read more) (Source: Environmental Factor - NIEHS Newsletter)
Source: Environmental Factor - NIEHS Newsletter - January 6, 2021 Category: Environmental Health Source Type: news

Certain Fungicides May Play a Role in Autism, Neurodegenerative Diseases
Mouse brain cells exposed to certain fungicides showed gene expression changes similar to those in autism and Alzheimer’s disease, say NIEHS grantees. (read more) (Source: Environmental Factor - NIEHS Newsletter)
Source: Environmental Factor - NIEHS Newsletter - January 6, 2021 Category: Environmental Health Source Type: news

Environmental and Genetic Factors Jointly Influence Autism-related Genes
NIEHS-funded researchers reported that a genetic variation, combined with exposure to PCB 95, can alter activity of autism-related genes. (read more) (Source: Environmental Factor - NIEHS Newsletter)
Source: Environmental Factor - NIEHS Newsletter - January 6, 2021 Category: Environmental Health Source Type: news

Baby teeth link autism with metal uptake, in NIEHS-funded study
Baby teeth from children with autism contain more toxic lead and less zinc and manganese than in children without autism, say NIEHS-funded researchers. (read more) (Source: Environmental Factor - NIEHS Newsletter)
Source: Environmental Factor - NIEHS Newsletter - January 6, 2021 Category: Environmental Health Source Type: news

Specialised supported housing: guidance for local government and NHS commissioners
Summary Supported housing is typically defined as a housing service where housing, support and/or care services are provided to help people to live as independently as possible. Supported housing provides homes for a wide range of people including older people, people with a learning disability and autistic people, people with mental health related needs, vulnerable young people and people who have experienced homelessness. This is guidance for local government and NHS commissioners about a category of supported housing referred to as'Specialised Supported Housing'(SSH), particularly lease-based models of SSH. This follows...
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - January 5, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

A driver training program intervention for student drivers with autism spectrum disorder: a multi-site randomised controlled trial - Vindin P, Cordier R, Wilson NJ, Lee H.
The purpose of this multi-site randomised controlled trial was to evaluate the effectiveness of a Driving Training Program, an intervention designed for student drivers with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Participants were 72 student drivers with ASD (a... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - January 5, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Age: Adolescents Source Type: news

Autistic Traits ID ’ d in Carriers of CNVs Linked to Autism
54 percent of carriers of certain copy number variants have elevated levels of autistic traits (Source: The Doctors Lounge - Psychiatry)
Source: The Doctors Lounge - Psychiatry - January 4, 2021 Category: Psychiatry Tags: Family Medicine, Internal Medicine, Neurology, Pathology, Pediatrics, Psychiatry, Journal, Source Type: news

Autistic Traits ID'd in Carriers of CNVs Linked to Autism
MONDAY, Jan. 4, 2021 -- Many carriers of copy number variants (CNVs) associated with autism meet clinical cutoffs for autistic traits, according to a study published online Jan. 1 in the American Journal of Psychiatry. Samuel J.R.A. Chawner, Ph.D.,... (Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News)
Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News - January 4, 2021 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Risk of substance use disorder among patients with autism
(JAMA Network) Researchers used health insurance data from Taiwan to investigate the risk of substance use disorder among patients with autism spectrum disorder and its associations with risk of death. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - January 4, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Autism symptoms: A seemingly 'lack of empathy' can be a sign of the condition
AUTISM is considered a developmental health concern, affecting social interaction in varying degrees. Appearing to have a "lack of empathy" - the ability to understand and share the feelings of another - could be a sign you have autism. (Source: Daily Express - Health)
Source: Daily Express - Health - January 2, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Emotion recognition and mind wandering in adults with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder or autism spectrum disorder - Helfer B, Boxhoorn S, Songa J, Steel C, Maltezos S, Asherson P.
Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and autism spectrum disorder (ASD) in adults are often undiagnosed and overlap in psychopathology. Here we investigated the transdiagnostic traits of emotion recognition and mind wandering in a sample of 10... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - December 31, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Age: Adolescents Source Type: news

Dr. Genova receives NIH K18 award to advance her autism research in transition-age youth
(Kessler Foundation) " Job interviews are especially challenging for young people with autism spectrum disorders who have difficulties with social interactions, said Dr. Genova. " Developing ways to help them deal with these challenges is important to their ability to contribute their talents to the workplace, and reap the personal, social, and economic benefits of employment. This award will bring us closer to the goal of improving the outlook for jobseekers with autism. " (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - December 28, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Pandemic has brought unexpected joy for some families with autism, 'wake-up call' for others
For some families, remote learning and more time spent together has led to positive developments for their children with autism. But for others, disrupted routines and a loss of supports has meant regression. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - December 26, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Canada/Saskatchewan Source Type: news

Scientists identify new gene involved in autism spectrum disorder
(UT Southwestern Medical Center) UT Southwestern scientists have adapted a classic research technique called forward genetics to identify new genes involved in autism spectrum disorder (ASD). In a study published this week in eLife, the researchers used this approach in mice to find one such gene called KDM5A. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - December 23, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Diversity, severity of autism symptoms linked to mutation locations
(Columbia University Irving Medical Center) In children with certain autism mutations, the diversity and severity of symptoms are often related to the identity and properties of gene units, called exons, targeted by the mutations. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - December 22, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

How Having a Child With Autism Helps Me Ride Out the Pandemic
My life has been filled with uncertainty for a long time, but my son has helped me stay flexible, adjust expectations and persevere. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - December 21, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Liane Kupferberg Carter Tags: Quarantine (Life and Culture) Anxiety and Stress Content Type: Service Children and Childhood Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) Parenting Autism Source Type: news

Prosecutor says Incel Toronto man who killed 10 with van cannot blame autism for murderous rampage
Prosecutors argued on Friday that autism spectrum disorder cannot be used as a legal defense in the mass murder trial of a Toronto man. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - December 19, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

fMRI reveals info about visual conditions in stroke patients
Functional MRI (fMRI) reveals that a brain region in the superior temporal...Read more on AuntMinnie.comRelated Reading: fMRI explains facial expressions MRI spots white-matter changes in movement disorder patients fMRI helps explain social dysfunction with autism MR 'eye' studies offer glimpse into ocular movement, function MRI reveals how reading skills mature (Source: AuntMinnie.com Headlines)
Source: AuntMinnie.com Headlines - December 18, 2020 Category: Radiology Source Type: news

Is Dyslexia the Same as Autism?
Title: Is Dyslexia the Same as Autism?Category: Diseases and ConditionsCreated: 12/18/2020 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 12/18/2020 12:00:00 AM (Source: MedicineNet Kids Health General)
Source: MedicineNet Kids Health General - December 18, 2020 Category: Pediatrics Source Type: news

Big brains and white matter: New clues about autism subtypes
(University of California - Davis Health) Researchers found that a long-accepted theory about brain size in some children with autism may not be true. In a separate study, they linked development of white matter with changes in autism symptom severity. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - December 17, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news