Measles is on the rise. But telling anti-vaxxers they ’re stupid won’t fix it | Ellie Mae O’Hagan
Simply telling people they are ignorant has failed. We need to find a better way to communicateAfter reading the news that cases of measles havesoared by 50% in the last year, I recalled the first time I heard an anti-vaccination conspiracy theory. It wasn ’t from a member of Donald Trump’s administration, or part of a frenetic, grammatically challengedFacebook post– it was from a classmate when I was at school. Her family wasn’t waging a crusade against medical science: they simply gave credence todisgraced former doctorAndrew Wakefield’s study that wrongly asserted a link between the MMR vac...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - February 15, 2019 Category: Science Authors: Ellie Mae O ’Hagan Tags: Vaccines and immunisation MMR Health Society UK news Climate change Science Source Type: news

New study shows hidden genes may underlie autism severity
(University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus) Scientists at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus have implicated a largely hidden part of the human genome in the severity of autism symptoms, a discovery that could lead to new insights into the disorder and eventually to clinical therapies for the condition. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - February 15, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Looking behind a rare brain disease for clues to treat more common mental disorders
(Shinshu University) Researchers have clarified, for the first time, the mechanism behind a very rare brain disorder called MICPCH (microcephaly, disproportionate pontine and cerebellar hypoplasia) syndrome in animal models. Information gleaned from this study could also inform research into other, more common neurological diseases such as mental retardation, epilepsy, and autism. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - February 15, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Lisa MacLeod tweets apology, after calls to resign over autism controversy
Ontario's social services minister said Thursday that she was sorry if she made anyone feel threatened, after behaviour analysts said she warned them of consequences if they didn't support her new autism program. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - February 14, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Canada/Toronto Source Type: news

Immersive virtual reality therapy shows lasting effect of treatment for autism phobias
(Newcastle University) New research shows that the Blue Room, an immersive virtual reality treats 45 percent of children with autism freeing them from their fears and phobias -- and that the treatment lasts. (Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science)
Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science - February 14, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Learning disability and autism training for health and care staff
The government wants to know how we can make sure that health and social care staff have the right training to understand the needs of people with a learning disability and autistic people, and make reasonable adjustments to support them. (Source: NHS Networks)
Source: NHS Networks - February 14, 2019 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Lower Birth Weight May Up Risk for Psychiatric Disorders
ADHD, autism, obsessive - compulsive disorder, depression tied to birth weight in sibling pairs (Source: The Doctors Lounge - Psychiatry)
Source: The Doctors Lounge - Psychiatry - February 13, 2019 Category: Psychiatry Tags: Family Medicine, Internal Medicine, Neurology, Pediatrics, Psychiatry, Journal, Source Type: news

Movement impairments in autism could be reversible
(Cardiff University) Researchers from Cardiff University have established a link between a genetic mutation and developmental movement impairments in autism. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - February 13, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Robots can improve care for kids with neurologic conditions, with some risk of dependency
Georgia Tech Professor Ayanna Howard talks robotics and how gamifying therapies could help kids living with cerebral palsy and autism spectrum disorder.   (Source: mobihealthnews)
Source: mobihealthnews - February 12, 2019 Category: Information Technology Source Type: news

Robots can improve care for kids with neurologic conditions — with some risk of dependency
Georgia Tech Professor Ayanna Howard talks robotics and how gamifying therapies could help kids living with cerebral palsy and autism spectrum disorder.   (Source: mobihealthnews)
Source: mobihealthnews - February 12, 2019 Category: Information Technology Source Type: news

Scientists provide new insight on gene mutations associated with autism
(eLife) A novel investigation into the impacts of neuronal mutations on autism-related characteristics in humans has been described in the open-access journal eLife. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - February 12, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Brain clock ticks differently in autism
(RIKEN) The neural 'time windows' in certain small brain areas contribute to the complex cognitive symptoms of autism, new research suggests. In a brain imaging study of adults, the severity of autistic symptoms was linked to how long these brain areas stored information. The differences in neural timescales may underlie features of autism like hypersensitivity and could be useful as a future diagnostic tool. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - February 12, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Children With Autism More Than Twice As Likely To Have Trouble Sleeping
BOSTON (CBS) – According to a study in the journal Pediatrics, young children with autism have a harder time getting to sleep and staying asleep. Researchers examined the sleep habits of almost 2,000 kids between the ages of 2 and 5 and found that while about a quarter of the kids in the general population had sleep problems, kids on the autism spectrum and those with other developmental delays with characteristics of autism were more than twice as likely to have sleep problems. Children with autism often have anxiety, difficulty making transitions and differences in melatonin production, all of which may contribute....
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - February 11, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Boston News Health Healthwatch Autism Dr. Mallika Marshall Sleep Source Type: news

More Sleepless Nights for Toddlers With Autism
(MedPage Today) -- More than twice as likely to have sleep problems as kids in the general population (Source: MedPage Today Psychiatry)
Source: MedPage Today Psychiatry - February 11, 2019 Category: Psychiatry Source Type: news

Children With Autism More Often Have Sleep Problems
More children with autism spectrum disorder have sleep problems compared with peers (Source: The Doctors Lounge - Psychiatry)
Source: The Doctors Lounge - Psychiatry - February 11, 2019 Category: Psychiatry Tags: Family Medicine, Neurology, Nursing, Pediatrics, Psychiatry, Pulmonology, Journal, Source Type: news

Poor Sleep Plagues Many Kids With Autism
Researchers found that kids with autism spectrum disorder were more than twice as likely to have serious problems getting quality sleep as kids without autism symptoms. (Source: WebMD Health)
Source: WebMD Health - February 11, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Early Identification of Autism Early Identification of Autism
New data from CDC show some gaps and delays in identifying autism and getting kids into early intervention.CDC Expert Commentary (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - February 11, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Pediatrics Commentary Source Type: news

Poor Sleep Plagues Many Kids With Autism
(Source: The Doctors Lounge - Psychiatry)
Source: The Doctors Lounge - Psychiatry - February 11, 2019 Category: Psychiatry Tags: Endocrinology, Neurology, Pediatrics, Psychiatry, Nutrition, News, Source Type: news

Children With Autism More Often Have Sleep Problems
MONDAY, Feb. 11, 2019 -- More children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) have sleep problems compared with other children, according to a study published online Feb. 11 in Pediatrics. Ann M. Reynolds, M.D., from the University of Colorado School... (Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News)
Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News - February 11, 2019 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

LD and autism profile problem worse than MH - CQC chief
Mental health is no longer the NHS’ “Cinderella”, but there are still concerns about the profile of learning disability and autism services, a Care Quality Commission senior chief has said. (Source: HSJ)
Source: HSJ - February 11, 2019 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Poor Sleep Plagues Many Kids With Autism
MONDAY, Feb. 11, 2019 -- Young children with autism are more than twice as likely to have sleep problems than typical kids or those with other developmental delays, a new study reports. Several factors profoundly affect the sleep of 2- to... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - February 11, 2019 Category: General Medicine Source Type: news

Prevalence of bullying and perceived happiness in adolescents with learning disability, intellectual disability, ADHD, and autism spectrum disorder: in the Taiwan Birth Cohort Pilot Study - Lung FW, Shu BC, Chiang TL, Lin SJ.
Children with learning disability (LD), intellectual disability (ID), attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), and autism spectrum disorder (ASD) reported higher risk of being bullied compared to their peers. Controlling for the co-morbidity of dif... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - February 11, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Age: Adolescents Source Type: news

Human brain protein associated with autism confers abnormal behavior in fruit flies
(University of Alabama at Birmingham) A mutant gene that encodes a brain protein in a child with autism has been placed into the brains of fruit flies. Fruit flies hosting that gene produce the variant human brain protein and show abnormal behaviors of fear, repetitive activity and altered social interaction, reminiscent of autism impairments. The genetic variant was found in the Simon Simplex Collection, which has collected genetic samples from 2,600 simplex families with autism spectrum disorder. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - February 11, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Death Cult Democrats say killing newborn babies the day they're born is "good for the economy" ... so what's next, exterminating all kids with autism and senior citizens?
(Natural News) Democrats are all set to raise every American citizen’s income tax above 70 percent and on upwards to 90 percent in order to pay for all the “free stuff” they’re raving about, including Medicare, college, food, and yes, day-of-birth abortions. You see, all Americans should be working hard in factories and processing plants,... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - February 10, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Cyber victimization and depression among adolescents with autism spectrum disorder: the buffering effects of parental mediation and social support - Wright MF.
The purpose of the present study was to examine the buffering effect of parental mediation of technology use and social support from parents on the association between cyber victimization and depression, assessed over one year. Participants were 113 7th th... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - February 8, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Age: Adolescents Source Type: news

Province's new autism plan rips away Burlington family's hope for son
Shay Boshis suddenly doesn't know what kind of future her son Wesley will get to have, as a complete overhaul of the province's autism program is about to slash funding for essential therapies he desperately needs. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - February 7, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Canada/Hamilton Source Type: news

Big Data Approach Shown to be Effective for Evaluating Autism Treatments
Researchers at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute who developed a blood test to help diagnose autism spectrum disorder have now successfully applied their distinctive big data-based approach to evaluating possible treatments. The findings, recently published in Frontiers in Cellular Neuroscience, have the potential to accelerate the development of successful medical interventions. (Source: eHealth News EU)
Source: eHealth News EU - February 7, 2019 Category: Information Technology Tags: Featured Research Research and Development Source Type: news

Ford government changing autism program, with focus on lengthy waitlist
The Ford government will today launch its plan to tackle lengthy waiting lists for autism therapy, with the aim of clearing the province-wide backlog in two years. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - February 6, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Canada/Toronto Source Type: news

Ford government pledges to reduce autism therapy waitlist backlog
The Ford government has launched its plan to tackle lengthy waiting lists for autism therapy, with the aim of clearing the province-wide backlog in two years. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - February 6, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Canada/Toronto Source Type: news

Ford government pledges to clear autism therapy waitlist, provide cash to families in need
The Ford government has launched a plan to tackle lengthy waiting lists for autism therapy. It will also now provide families with up to $140,000 per child until age 18. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - February 6, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Canada/Toronto Source Type: news

See-through fish aid scientists in autism-related breakthrough
(University of Miami) University of Miami researchers have discovered a clue in the humble zebrafish's digestive tract that, one day, could help people on the autism spectrum alleviate one of the most common yet least studied symptoms of their disorder: gastrointestinal distress. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - February 6, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

How an Arnprior grocery store is making shopping easier for people with autism
From 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. on Mondays, a grocery store in Arnprior dimmed the lights, turned off the intercom and asked staff not to wear scents — all to create a "sensory-friendly shopping experience" for people with special needs. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - February 5, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Canada/Ottawa Source Type: news

Autism spectrum disorders may stem from multiple factors
Irva Hertz-Picciotto told an NIEHS Distinguished Lecture audience that a combination of factors may drive the rise in ASD. (read more) (Source: Environmental Factor - NIEHS Newsletter)
Source: Environmental Factor - NIEHS Newsletter - February 4, 2019 Category: Environmental Health Source Type: news

Corrigendum to "Previous maltreatment and present mental health in a high-risk adolescent population" [Child Abuse Neglect 45 (2015) 122-134] - Kl æboe Greger H, Myhre AK, Lydersen S, Jozefiak T.
The authors have unfortunately discovered a naming error in the published manuscript. AS should have been explained as “AS – Autistic Spectrum (299.80 Asperger’s disorder and PDDnos)”, not as “Asperger’s syndrome. The error does not affec... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - February 4, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Age: Adolescents Source Type: news

Announcing 7 new GA4GH Driver Projects for 2019
(Global Alliance for Genomics and Health) GEnome Medical alliance Japan (GEM Japan), H3Africa, Swiss Personalised Health Network (SPHN), the Autism Sharing Initiative, EpiShare, EUCANCan, and the European Joint Programme on Rare Diseases (EJP RD) have been named 2019 GA4GH Driver Projects -- leading international genomic data initiatives that help develop and pilot standards for sharing data. (Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science)
Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science - February 4, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Book Review: Understanding the Brain
Making a cup of coffee and remembering to turn off the coffeemaker. Driving to the grocery store and not getting lost. Remembering anniversaries, birthdays, and where you were supposed to meet your friend for lunch. All of these activities require the seamless workings of the brain, and while we often take them for granted, there are even more activities that go undetected within the brain every single day. In his new book, Understanding the Brain: From Cells to Behavior to Cognition, which is an updated version of his earlier book, Dowling offers a comprehensive look at how the brain functions — from how vision occu...
Source: Psych Central - February 2, 2019 Category: Psychiatry Authors: Claire Nana Tags: Book Reviews Disorders General Genetics Habits Intelligence Memory and Perception Neuroscience Psychiatry Psychology Treatment Brain Function cortisol Dowling Emotions Long Term Memory neuromodulators Neurons Neurotrans Source Type: news

Single mother reveals her heartbreak of raising one-in-a-million twins with Down ’s syndrome
Emma Mullard, 36, of Lancashire, had one of 29 twins with Down's syndrome in the world. Alfie and Arthur, who are now six years old, can't speak or walk and have autism. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - February 1, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

MRI shows surprisingly high blood flow in those with autism
MRI and MR spectroscopy of cerebral blood flow in people with autism spectrum...Read more on AuntMinnie.comRelated Reading: MRI connects autism with deficit in brain reward pathway DTI-MRI finds abnormal brain connections in autistic kids MRI reveals key brain differences in people with genetic autism MRI links early brain abnormality in infants to autism MRI opens early window into autism (Source: AuntMinnie.com Headlines)
Source: AuntMinnie.com Headlines - February 1, 2019 Category: Radiology Source Type: news

Medical cannabis relieves symptoms in children with autism
(American Associates, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev) Overall, after six months of treatment, 30 percent of patients reported a significant improvement, 53.7 percent reported moderate improvement, and only 15 percent had slight or no change. Quality of life, mood and ability to perform activities of daily living were assessed prior to treatment and at six months. Good quality of life was reported by 31.3 percent of patients prior to treatment initiation. At six months, good quality of life more than doubled to 66.8 percent. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - January 31, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

San Antonio prosecutor says that vaccines do cause autism
(Natural News) The issue of whether all children should be vaccinated to maintain “herd immunity” is a hotly contested one, with people voicing strong opinions on both sides of the debate. One of the most contentious of all the issues related to vaccination, however, is whether certain vaccines – in particular the measles mumps and... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - January 31, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

UCLA-led team uncovers critical new clues about what goes awry in brains of people with autism
This study gives a new critical clue in understanding what has gone awry in the brains of autism patients.”More than 24 million people worldwide are estimated to have autism. In developed countries, about 1.5 percent of children have been diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder as of 2017. The disorder affects communication and behavior, and is marked by problems in social communication and social interaction, and repetitive behaviors.“We need to understand how a panoply of genetic and environmental factors converges to cause autism,” Geschwind said. “RNA editing is an important piece of the autism ...
Source: UCLA Newsroom: Health Sciences - January 30, 2019 Category: Universities & Medical Training Source Type: news

Official Urge Vaccinations amid Northwest Measles Outbreak
VANCOUVER, Wash. (AP) — Public health officials scrambling to contain a measles outbreak in the U.S. Northwest warned people to vaccinate their children Monday and worried that it could take months to contain the highly contagious viral illness due to a lower-than-normal vaccination rate at the epicenter of the crisis. The outbreak near Portland has sickened 35 people in Oregon and Washington since Jan. 1, with 11 more cases suspected. Most of the patients are children under 10, and one child has been hospitalized. Health officials say the outbreak is a textbook example of why it's critical to vaccinate against measl...
Source: JEMS Patient Care - January 30, 2019 Category: Emergency Medicine Tags: News Patient Care Operations Source Type: news

Official Urge Vaccinations amid Northwest Measles Outbreak
VANCOUVER, Wash. (AP) — Public health officials scrambling to contain a measles outbreak in the U.S. Northwest warned people to vaccinate their children Monday and worried that it could take months to contain the highly contagious viral illness due to a lower-than-normal vaccination rate at the epicenter of the crisis. The outbreak near Portland has sickened 35 people in Oregon and Washington since Jan. 1, with 11 more cases suspected. Most of the patients are children under 10, and one child has been hospitalized. Health officials say the outbreak is a textbook example of why it's critical to vaccinate against measl...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - January 30, 2019 Category: Emergency Medicine Tags: News Patient Care Operations Source Type: news

Official Urge Vaccinations amid Northwest Measles Outbreak
VANCOUVER, Wash. (AP) — Public health officials scrambling to contain a measles outbreak in the U.S. Northwest warned people to vaccinate their children Monday and worried that it could take months to contain the highly contagious viral illness due to a lower-than-normal vaccination rate at the epicenter of the crisis. The outbreak near Portland has sickened 35 people in Oregon and Washington since Jan. 1, with 11 more cases suspected. Most of the patients are children under 10, and one child has been hospitalized. Health officials say the outbreak is a textbook example of why it's critical to vaccinate against measl...
Source: JEMS Operations - January 30, 2019 Category: Emergency Medicine Tags: News Patient Care Operations Source Type: news

UCLA-led team uncovers critical new clues about what goes awry in autistic brains
(University of California - Los Angeles) A team of UCLA-led scientists has discovered important clues to what goes wrong in the brains of people with autism -- a developmental disorder with no cure and for which scientists have no deep understanding of what causes it. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - January 30, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Difference in brain connectivity may explain autism spectrum disorder
(University of Alabama at Birmingham) Researchers have identified a possible mechanism of human cognition that underlies autism spectrum disorders, or ASD. They found there was brain overconnectivity in the unimodal-subcortical connections and brain underconnectivity in the supramodal-subcortical connections for ASD individuals, as compared to the typically developing control group, suggesting a relationship between connectivity and the expression of ASD. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - January 30, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Novel autism mouse model based on an epigenetic gene developed
(University of California - San Diego) In a study published Jan. 17, 2019 in Translational Psychiatry, researchers at University of California San Diego School of Medicine describe how, in a novel mouse model, epigenetic regulation negatively impacts a downstream gene specifically involved in neurodevelopment and associated behaviors. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - January 30, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Complexity of center of pressure in postural control for children with autism spectrum disorders was partially compromised - Li Y, Mache MA, Todd TA.
The purpose of this study was to compare the complexity of postural control between children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and typical developing children during altered visual and somatosensory conditions using the multiscale entropy. Eleven childre... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - January 29, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Age: Infants and Children Source Type: news

Evaluation of Building the Right Support: findings to date
Building the Right Support is a national plan to provide better support to people with a learning disability or autism. The research is intended to find out what is working, what is not working and what can be done better to support people. The research is due to be completed in summer 2019 after which the final results will be published. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - January 29, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

“I was shocked and grateful,” UCLA nurse on winning national nurse of the year award
UCLA Health nurses have earned many notable achievements through the years.Now, another major accomplishment can be added to the list.   Melissa Reider-Demer, a nurse practitioner, was recently named nationalNurse of the Year by Press Ganey, a Boston-based health care organization that promotes clinical safety, patient experience and workforce engagement.In past years, UCLA nurses have been recognized for other awards, includingMagnet Status and the National Patient Safety Foundation and the DAISY FoundationTeam Award for Extraordinary Nurses.The Press Ganey award honors a nurse who demonstrates commitment to care inn...
Source: UCLA Newsroom: Health Sciences - January 29, 2019 Category: Universities & Medical Training Source Type: news