Dinah Murray obituary
Champion of autistic people who explored the attention that they devote to a leading interestDinah Murray, who has died aged 75 of pancreatic cancer, was a key figure in autism studies, and an indefatigable advocate for autistic people for three decades. Her acute insight lay in the importance of attention and interests to an understanding of the condition.On the autistic spectrum herself andfascinated with language and the mind, in 1991 Murray read Uta Frith ’s book Autism: Explaining the Enigma. She had aeureka moment when it spoke of an autistic person ’s attention “going to their leading interest&rdqu...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - July 25, 2021 Category: Science Authors: Penny Warren Tags: Autism Society Psychology Science University of London Source Type: news

National strategy for autistic children, young people and adults: 2021 to 2026, DHSC (published 21st July 2021)
The government's national strategy for improving the lives of autistic people and their families and carers in England, and implementation plan for 2021 to 2022. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - July 22, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Strategy to improve the lives of autistic people
Improving the lives of autistic people is the focus of a new multi-million pound strategy launched by the government. (Source: NHS Networks)
Source: NHS Networks - July 22, 2021 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

What Foods Should Be Avoided With Autism?
Title: What Foods Should Be Avoided With Autism?Category: Health and LivingCreated: 7/21/2021 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 7/21/2021 12:00:00 AM (Source: MedicineNet Kids Health General)
Source: MedicineNet Kids Health General - July 21, 2021 Category: Pediatrics Source Type: news

National autism strategy
The responses to the national call for evidence have now been collected and analysed. (Source: NHS Networks)
Source: NHS Networks - July 21, 2021 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

The treatment of autistic people and people with learning disabilities
This report on the treatment and care of autistic people and those with learning disabilities has found that a lack of adequate community provision has led to many experiencing unnecessary admissions to and intolerable treatment in inpatient facilities. MPs describe the situation as a scandal, given it is happening ten years since the notorious case of Winterbourne View. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - July 20, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Social impairment in children with epilepsy assessed by the social responsiveness scale - Aburahma SK, Hammouri H, Hazaimeh E, Jbarah O, Nassar A, Almasri A, Al Momani M, Bashtawi M.
Children with epilepsy are at risk for impaired social cognition and autism. We aimed at evaluating the utility of the social responsiveness scale (SRS) for assessment of social impairment in these children. Prospective study; the SRS was applied to a grou... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - July 20, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Age: Adolescents Source Type: news

COVID-19: supporting adults with learning disabilities and autistic adults, DHSC (updated 19th July 2021)
Guidance for care staff who are supporting adults with learning disabilities and autistic adults during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. 19 July 2021 Updated guidance in line with the lifting of most legal restrictions to control COVID-19 from 19 July 2021, as we move to Step 4 of the COVID-19 roadmap. 10 May 2021 Updated to reflect easing of some COVID-19 restrict ions from 12 April. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - July 19, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

COVID-19: providing unpaid care to adults with learning disabilities and autistic adults, DHSC (updated 19th July 2021)
Guidance for people who are providing unpaid care to adults with learning disabilities and autistic adults during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. 19 July 2021 Updated guidance in line with the lifting of most legal restrictions to control COVID-19 from 19 July 2021, as we move to Step 4 of the COVID-19 roadmap. 10 May 2021 Updated to reflect easing of some COVID-19 restrict ions from 12 April. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - July 19, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

How Do You Accommodate a Child With Autism in the Classroom?
Title: How Do You Accommodate a Child With Autism in the Classroom?Category: Health and LivingCreated: 7/16/2021 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 7/16/2021 12:00:00 AM (Source: MedicineNet Kids Health General)
Source: MedicineNet Kids Health General - July 16, 2021 Category: Pediatrics Source Type: news

Autism can be detected during toddlerhood using a brief questionnaire
(University of Cambridge) New research led by the University of Cambridge suggests that autism can be detected at 18-30 months using the Quantitative Checklist for Autism in Toddlers (Q-CHAT), but it is not possible to identify every child at a young age who will later be diagnosed as autistic. The results are published today in The BMJ Paediatrics Open. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - July 16, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

SUV39H2: A direct genetic link to autism spectrum disorders
(RIKEN) New research from the RIKEN Center for Brain Science (CBS) in Japan has identified a direct link between the SUV39h2 gene and the development of autism spectrum disorders (ASD). A human variant of the SUV39H2 gene led researchers to examine its absence in mice. Published in Molecular Psychiatry, the study found that when absent, adult mice exhibited cognitive inflexibility similar to what occurs in autism, and embryonic mice showed misregulated expression of genes related to brain development. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - July 16, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

'Greta Thunberg Effect' belies challenges for autistic community in going green
(University of Bath) A new psychology study from researchers at the University of Bath focuses on the relationship between autism and green behaviours. (Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science)
Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science - July 14, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Brain organoid study highlights potential role of genetic and environmental interaction in autism spectrum disorder
(Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health) Researchers at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health have shown in a brain organoid study that exposure to a common pesticide synergizes with a frequent autism-linked gene mutation. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)
Source: EurekAlert! - Biology - July 14, 2021 Category: Biology Source Type: news

Why Is Autism Increasing Dramatically?
Title: Why Is Autism Increasing Dramatically?Category: Diseases and ConditionsCreated: 7/13/2021 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 7/13/2021 12:00:00 AM (Source: MedicineNet Kids Health General)
Source: MedicineNet Kids Health General - July 13, 2021 Category: Pediatrics Source Type: news

Anti-tumor agent from the intestine
It is believed to be involved in the development of chronic inflammatory intestinal diseases, to trigger diabetes, to be responsible for obesity, even neurological diseases such as multiple sclerosis and Parkinson's could have their causes here - not to mention depressions and autistic disorders. We are talking about the microbiome - the vast collection of bacteria in the human gut. It is estimated that each person carries around 100 trillion bacterial cells in their digestive tract, belonging to several thousand species. (Source: World Pharma News)
Source: World Pharma News - July 9, 2021 Category: Pharmaceuticals Tags: Featured Research Research and Development Source Type: news

New genetic driver of autism and other developmental disorders identified
(Kobe University) An international research group led by Kobe University's Professor TAKUMI Toru has revealed a causal gene (Necdin, NDN) in autism model mice that have the chromosomal abnormality called copy number variation. The researchers hope to illuminate this gene's molecular mechanism in order to contribute towards the creation of new treatment strategies for developmental disorders. (Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science)
Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science - July 9, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Autism & amp; Drinking, Drug Abuse Can Be Dangerous Mix
(Source: The Doctors Lounge - Psychiatry)
Source: The Doctors Lounge - Psychiatry - July 8, 2021 Category: Psychiatry Tags: Pediatrics, Pharmacy, Psychiatry, Dependence, News, Source Type: news

Specific patient groups and settings, RCGP (updated 7th July 2021)
This resource provides information on dealing with specific patient groups throughout the COVID-19 period, under the following headings: Learning disability and autism LGBT health Paediatrics and child health Pregnancy and sexual health Menopause (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - July 8, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Autism & Drinking, Drug Abuse Can Be Dangerous Mix
THURSDAY, July 8, 2021 -- Teens and adults with autism may be less likely than others to use drugs and alcohol, but new research finds those who do are nearly nine times more likely to use these substances to mask symptoms, including those related... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - July 8, 2021 Category: General Medicine Source Type: news

Study finds toddlers with ASD do not differ in progress made in comparison of two treatment types
(Elsevier) A study in the Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (JAACAP) reports that the type of one-on-one treatment plans delivered to toddlers, aged 12-30 months, diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) did not lead to any significantly different outcomes. Neither the type of evidence-based intervention provided, nor the number of hours of therapy were shown to have an impact. (Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science)
Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science - July 8, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

A Young Naturalist Inspires With Joy, Not Doom
At 17, Dara McAnulty is becoming one of Britain ’s most acclaimed nature writers, with work that touches on his autism as much as the world around his home. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - July 7, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Alex Marshall Tags: Writing and Writers Books and Literature Autism Macfarlane, Robert (1976- ) Northern Ireland Conservation of Resources Diary of a Young Naturalist (Book) McAnulty, Dara Source Type: news

Autistic children can benefit from attention training - new study
(University of Birmingham) Attention training in young people with autism can lead to significant improvements in academic performance, according to a new study. (Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science)
Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science - July 6, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Frequency and origin (reactive/proactive) of aggressive behavior in young people with intellectual disability and autism spectrum disorder - Oubrahim L, Combalbert N.
BACKGROUND: The aim was to investigate the aggressive behavior of young people in specialized institutions with intellectual disability (ID) with or without autism spectrum disorder (ASD). METHOD: Data on 305 institutionalized young people were col... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - July 5, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Age: Adolescents Source Type: news

Telehealth: Tips for Helping Kids With Autism Take Part
MONDAY, July 5, 2021 -- Telehealth is increasing in popularity in the United States, partly due to the pandemic. But some children with autism have difficulty sitting through these virtual appointments. Yet those visits can be a helpful part of a... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - July 5, 2021 Category: General Medicine Source Type: news

Maintenance electroconvulsive therapy for agitation and self injurious behaviors in autism spectrum disorder - Ad ıgüzel Akman, Kahraman Girgeç S, Çelik S, Çakır Kardeş V, Atasoy N.
Self-injurious behaviors (SIBs) in autism spectrum disorder (ASD) are destructive symptoms that can lead to dangerous injuries and life-threatening risks. Agitation and SIBs may not respond to psychopharmacological and behavioral interventions. There are r... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - July 3, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Economics of Injury and Safety, PTSD, Injury Outcomes Source Type: news

Meet BCOTB, a 2021 Fast 50 honoree
BCOTB is a Tampa-based behavioral health company specializing in children with autism and a 2021 Fast 50 honoree. (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines - July 1, 2021 Category: American Health Authors: Chris Erickson Source Type: news

Hundreds of patients in hospitals whose use by the NHS is ‘hard to justify’
Hundreds of people with learning disabilities or autism are in hospitals whose care quality is rated “inadequate” or “requires improvement”, new figures reveal. (Source: HSJ)
Source: HSJ - June 30, 2021 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Science News » Acting National Autism Coordinator Named
National Autism Coordinator Ann E. Wagner, Ph.D., will retire from federal service on June 30, 2021 — Susan A. Daniels, Ph.D., will serve as Acting National Autism Coordinator beginning on July 1, 2021, and until a permanent successor is named. (Source: National Institute of Mental Health)
Source: National Institute of Mental Health - June 29, 2021 Category: Psychiatry Authors: National Institute of Mental Health Source Type: news

July 2021
App Helps Screen for Autism Spectrum Disorder Step It Up! : Get Active for Your Health Disruptive Leg Movement? : Managing Restless Legs Syndrome Protect Yourself From Lyme Disease Noisy Planet (Source: NIH News in Health)
Source: NIH News in Health - June 29, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Development and validation of the suicidal behaviours questionnaire - autism spectrum conditions in a community sample of autistic, possibly autistic and non-autistic adults - Cassidy SA, Bradley L, Cogger-Ward H, Rodgers J.
BACKGROUND: Autistic people and those with high autistic traits are at high risk of experiencing suicidality. Yet, there are no suicidality assessment tools developed or validated for these groups. METHODS: A widely used and validated suicidality a... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - June 28, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Age: Young Adults Source Type: news

Community engagement in web-design to promote safe recreation for children with autism [conference abstract] - Shannon CA, Olsen LL, Hole R, Iarocci G, Brussoni M, Jull S.
Virtual Pre-Conference Global Injury Prevention Showcase 2021 - Abstract Book - # P4.002 Background Participation in recreational activity by children with autism is important for health and social inclusion. However, these children and their families e... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - June 28, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Age: Adolescents Source Type: news

Scoping review of elopement behavior among children with Autism [conference abstract] - Olsen L, Shannon C, Thompson D, Balehowski C.
Virtual Pre-Conference Global Injury Prevention Showcase 2021 - Abstract Book - # P4.010 Background Recreation for children with living with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is important for improving health and quality of life, however, children with ASD... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - June 28, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Age: Adolescents Source Type: news

Roche ’s ENSPRYNG approved by European Commission as first and only at-home subcutaneous treatment for neuromyelitis optica spectrum disorder (NMOSD)
Basel, 28 June 2021 - Roche (SIX: RO, ROG; OTCQX: RHHBY) announced today that the European Commission (EC) has approved ENSPRYNG ® (satralizumab) for the treatment of adults and adolescents from 12 years of age living with anti-aquaporin-4 antibody (AQP4-IgG) seropositive neuromyelitis optica spectrum disorder (NMOSD), as a monotherapy or in combination with immunosuppressive therapy (IST). ENSPRYNG is the first and only NMO SD treatment that is administered subcutaneously every four weeks, allowing home-dosing after appropriate training.“An NMOSD relapse can be devastating, causing permanent neurological damage ...
Source: Roche Investor Update - June 28, 2021 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Roche ’s ENSPRYNG approved by European Commission as first and only at-home subcutaneous treatment for neuromyelitis optica spectrum disorder (NMOSD)
Basel, 28 June 2021 - Roche (SIX: RO, ROG; OTCQX: RHHBY) announced today that the European Commission (EC) has approved ENSPRYNG ® (satralizumab) for the treatment of adults and adolescents from 12 years of age living with anti-aquaporin-4 antibody (AQP4-IgG) seropositive neuromyelitis optica spectrum disorder (NMOSD), as a monotherapy or in combination with immunosuppressive therapy (IST). ENSPRYNG is the first and only NMO SD treatment that is administered subcutaneously every four weeks, allowing home-dosing after appropriate training.“An NMOSD relapse can be devastating, causing permanent neurological damage ...
Source: Roche Media News - June 28, 2021 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

AI-Based Software Accurately Identifies Autism AI-Based Software Accurately Identifies Autism
A software program based on artificial intelligence distinguishes young children with autism spectrum disorder from those with other conditions, new research shows.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Neurology and Neurosurgery Headlines)
Source: Medscape Neurology and Neurosurgery Headlines - June 25, 2021 Category: Neurology Tags: Neurology & Neurosurgery News Source Type: news

Scientists discover key player in brain development, cell communication
(University of North Carolina Health Care) For the first, time UNC School of Medicine scientist Katie Baldwin, Ph.D., and colleagues revealed a central role of the glial protein hepaCAM in building the brain and affecting brain function early in life.The findings, published in Neuron, have implications for better understanding disorders, such as autism, epilepsy, and schizophrenia, and potentially for creating therapeutics for conditions such as the progressive brain disorder megalencephalic leukoencephalopathy with subcortical cysts (MLC). (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - June 25, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Polypharmacy Remains Common for Patients With Autism Polypharmacy Remains Common for Patients With Autism
About one third of those with autism spectrum disorder are prescribed three or more medications to manage comorbidities and symptoms.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - June 24, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Pediatrics News Source Type: news

What Are the Main Symptoms of Autism
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Source: eMedicineHealth.com - June 24, 2021 Category: General Medicine Source Type: news

Antidepressants safe during pregnancy
(Elsevier) Women with depression and other mood disorders are generally advised to continue taking antidepressant medications during pregnancy. The drugs are widely considered safe, but the effect of these medications on the unborn fetus has remained a topic of some concern. Now, researchers have found that maternal psychiatric conditions -- but not the use of serotonin-selective reuptake inhibitors (SSRI) -- increased the risk for autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and developmental delay (DD) in offspring. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - June 24, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Feel-good hormone dopamine affects passion and autism
(Norwegian University of Science and Technology) Dopamine is often called the 'happy' or 'feel-good' hormone. It can help explain both autistic behaviors and men's need for passion in order to succeed. (Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science)
Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science - June 24, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

An evaluation of "balance": a home-based, parent-implemented program addressing emerging problem behavior - Ruppel KW, Hanley GP, Landa RK, Rajaraman A.
We describe a program designed to do this, and we report on a preliminary evaluation of its effects with four 3- a... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - June 23, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Age: Adolescents Source Type: news

Durham entrepreneur uses family inspiration to launch startup to help autistic children
A Durham woman's firm is developing an app designed to assist autistic children and their families with time management and other daily tasks. (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care News Headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care News Headlines - June 22, 2021 Category: Health Management Authors: Lauren Ohnesorge Source Type: news

Durham entrepreneur uses family inspiration to launch startup to help autistic children
A Durham woman's firm is developing an app designed to assist autistic children and their families with time management and other daily tasks. (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines - June 22, 2021 Category: Biotechnology Authors: Lauren Ohnesorge Source Type: news

AHA awards diversity grant supplement to Masonic Medical Research Institute
(Masonic Medical Research Institute) Does a connection exist between the development of heart disease and autism? That's a question Dr. Maria Kontaridis and her team have been actively investigating thanks to a grant from the American Heart Association (AHA). Now, with the help of an AHA supplement award, the ongoing project will continue to propel forward. The grant, which promotes diversity and excellence in science, was awarded to Dr. Luana Nunes Santos, a postdoctoral fellow in the Kontaridis Laboratory. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - June 22, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

5 Tests You Should Not Order for a Child With Autism
The American Academy of Pediatrics Council on Environmental Health lists 5 things doctors and patients should question in tests for kids with behavioral or developmental disorders. (Source: WebMD Health)
Source: WebMD Health - June 21, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

5 Tests You Should Not Order for a Child With Autism
MONDAY, June 21, 2021 -- A leading medical group is offering testing guidelines for children with autistic behaviors. The American Academy of Pediatrics Council on Environmental Health emphasized that certain measurements to test for exposure to... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - June 21, 2021 Category: General Medicine Source Type: news

In addition to stigma: cognitive and autism-related predictors of mental health in transgender adolescents - Strang JF, Anthony LG, Song A, Lai MC, Knauss M, Sadikova E, Graham E, Zaks Z, Wimms H, Willing L, Call D, Mancilla M, Shakin S, Vilain E, Kim DY, Maisashvili T, Khawaja A, Kenworthy L.
OBJECTIVE: Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is significantly over-represented among transgender adolescents. Independently, ASD and gender diversity are associated with increased mental health risks. Yet, mental health in autistic-transgender adolescents is ... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - June 21, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Age: Adolescents Source Type: news

Pandemic Pressures May Drive Young Scientists Away from Autism Research
For researchers who work with study participants in person, lockdowns made it impossible to obtain fresh data, a survey finds. (Source: The Scientist)
Source: The Scientist - June 18, 2021 Category: Science Tags: News & Opinion Source Type: news

How Does Having an Autistic Child Affect the Parents?
Title: How Does Having an Autistic Child Affect the Parents?Category: Diseases and ConditionsCreated: 6/18/2021 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 6/18/2021 12:00:00 AM (Source: MedicineNet Kids Health General)
Source: MedicineNet Kids Health General - June 18, 2021 Category: Pediatrics Source Type: news