Texas Legislature approves small expansion of medical cannabis program
If Gov. Greg Abbott signs on, it means Texans suffering from ailments such as autism and Parkinson ’s could be prescribed low-THC cannabis by a doctor. (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines - May 22, 2019 Category: Biotechnology Authors: Kimberly Reeves Source Type: news

Texas Legislature approves small expansion of medical cannabis program
If Gov. Greg Abbott signs on, it means Texans suffering from ailments such as autism and Parkinson ’s could be prescribed low-THC cannabis by a doctor. (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines - May 22, 2019 Category: American Health Authors: Kimberly Reeves Source Type: news

fMRI may speed up diagnosis of autism
Using functional MRI (fMRI) to gauge a child's neurological responses to different...Read more on AuntMinnie.comRelated Reading: fMRI links imaging biomarker to PTSD treatment response PET, fMRI shed light on alcohol's effects on brain MRI shows surprisingly high blood flow in those with autism MRI connects autism with deficit in brain reward pathway DTI-MRI finds abnormal brain connections in autistic kids (Source: AuntMinnie.com Headlines)
Source: AuntMinnie.com Headlines - May 22, 2019 Category: Radiology Source Type: news

Infants later diagnosed with autism seldom initiate joint attention
(Uppsala University) A new study published in Biological Psychiatry shows that infants who are later diagnosed with autism react adequately when others initiate joint attention, but seldom actively seek to establish such episodes themselves. This finding provides support for the view that children with autism have reduced social motivation already as infants. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - May 22, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Far less than they deserve: Children with learning disabilities or autism living in mental health hospitals
This report shows how too many children are being admitted to secure hospitals unnecessarily. It warns that the current system of support for those with learning disabilities or autism is letting down some of the most vulnerable children in the country. The report also finds evidence of poor and restrictive practices and sedation. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - May 21, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

CQC issues warning on learning disability patients in segregation
The Care Quality Commission has called for action to fix the “broken system” that leads to people with a learning disability or autism being segregated in hospital. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - May 21, 2019 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Difficulties with reading and narration in children with autism
(University of Gothenburg) Children with autism may be good at reading a text one word at a time, but simultaneously have problems in understanding and retelling the content of what they read. Research now shows the importance, for these children, of extensive language assessment and follow-up over time. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - May 21, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

'Implicit measures' better assess vocabulary for those with autism than standard tests
(University of Vermont) In a new study, researchers demonstrate that assessment tools capturing implicit signs of word knowledge among those with severe autism like eye movement can be more accurate than traditional assessments of vocabulary, pointing the way toward better inventions and spurring much needed new research. (Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science)
Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science - May 21, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Children of both young and old parents share risk for certain neurodevelopment disorders
(Elsevier) Results of a new study in the Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (JAACAP), published by Elsevier, reports that parental age is linked to the risk for the development of neuropsychiatric disorders in children, including autism spectrum disorder (ASD); attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD); obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD); and Tourette's disorder/chronic tic disorder (TD/CT). (Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science)
Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science - May 21, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

'Broken' care system for most vulnerable
Patients with mental health problems, autism and learning disabilities are being let down, a report says. (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)
Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition - May 21, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Tenacity, passion, grit: This CEO's goal is to provide services to more children with autism
Despite being a first-time CEO, Rohwedder has tackled challenges with a positive, creative mindset and the ability to get her teams to collaborate around cutting-edge programs. (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines - May 21, 2019 Category: Biotechnology Authors: Anjali Fluker Source Type: news

Tenacity, passion, grit: This CEO's goal is to provide services to more children with autism
Despite being a first-time CEO, Rohwedder has tackled challenges with a positive, creative mindset and the ability to get her teams to collaborate around cutting-edge programs. (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines - May 21, 2019 Category: American Health Authors: Anjali Fluker Source Type: news

Care system for mental health patients needs overhaul
DHSC announces measures to improve care for people with autism and learning disabilities Related items fromOnMedica Screen time - a moral panic for the 21st century? Experts urge radical action on mental health crises Child mental health services at breaking point We are ‘sitting on a young people’s health time bomb’ GPs welcome advice on child screen time (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - May 21, 2019 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Report on restraint, seclusion and segregation of people with a mental health problem
The CQC has published a report of interim findings from its review of the use of restrictive interventions in places that provide care for people with mental health problems, a learning disability and/or autism. (Source: NHS Networks)
Source: NHS Networks - May 21, 2019 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Targeting Vasopressin May Improve Social Deficits in Autism Targeting Vasopressin May Improve Social Deficits in Autism
There are currently no medications to address social deficits in autism, but two new studies suggest that vasopressin, a hormone associated with social bonding, may be a viable target for drug development.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - May 20, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Psychiatry News Source Type: news

Autistic dad shares his struggles with being a parent
Jude Morrow has Asperger's syndrome and found becoming a dad for the first time very difficult. (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)
Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition - May 20, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Scientists succeed in testing potential brain-based method to diagnose autism
(Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center) Scientists at Wake Forest School of Medicine have taken the first step in developing an objective, brain-based test to diagnose autism. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - May 20, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Researchers receive $1.94 million to study connection between autism, microbiome
(Oregon State University) An Oregon State University researcher is part of a $1.94 million grant to look for possible connections between the human microbiome and autism spectrum disorder. (Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science)
Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science - May 20, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

What Causes Macrocephaly?
Discussion “Macrocephaly is defined as [an occipitofrontal circumference or head circumference, OFC ] of> 2 standard deviations above the mean or above the 97th percentage for a given age, and gender, or when serial measurement shows progressive enlargement, crossing of one or more major percentiles, or when there is an increase in OFC> 2 cm/month in the first 6 months of life.” Megalencephaly is enlargement of the brain parenchyma. The OFC should be measured using a non-elastic tape which surrounds the head along the line of the glabella and posterior occipital protrusion. There are ethnic differences f...
Source: PediatricEducation.org - May 20, 2019 Category: Pediatrics Authors: pediatriceducationmin Tags: Uncategorized Source Type: news

Scientific Meeting » Addressing the Mental Health Needs of People on the Autism Spectrum
On Tuesday, May 21, 2019, the Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee (IACC) Working Group will host a workshop to discuss mental health issues that affect people on the autism spectrum, including anxiety, depression, suicide, self-injurious and aggressive behavior, and mental health services. (Source: National Institute of Mental Health)
Source: National Institute of Mental Health - May 17, 2019 Category: Psychiatry Authors: National Institute of Mental Health Source Type: news

Neural Cell Types Tied to Autism Identified in Single-Cell Study
An RNA analysis of human brain cells reveals gene expression changes in cortical neurons and microglia linked to autism spectrum disorder (ASD). (Source: The Scientist)
Source: The Scientist - May 16, 2019 Category: Science Tags: News & Opinion Source Type: news

Brain cell transcriptomes in autism
(Source: ScienceNOW)
Source: ScienceNOW - May 16, 2019 Category: Science Authors: Hines, P. J. Tags: Development, Medicine, Diseases, Neuroscience twis Source Type: news

Single-cell genomics identifies cell type-specific molecular changes in autism
Despite the clinical and genetic heterogeneity of autism, bulk gene expression studies show that changes in the neocortex of autism patients converge on common genes and pathways. However, direct assessment of specific cell types in the brain affected by autism has not been feasible until recently. We used single-nucleus RNA sequencing of cortical tissue from patients with autism to identify autism-associated transcriptomic changes in specific cell types. We found that synaptic signaling of upper-layer excitatory neurons and the molecular state of microglia are preferentially affected in autism. Moreover, our results show ...
Source: ScienceNOW - May 16, 2019 Category: Science Authors: Velmeshev, D., Schirmer, L., Jung, D., Haeussler, M., Perez, Y., Mayer, S., Bhaduri, A., Goyal, N., Rowitch, D. H., Kriegstein, A. R. Tags: Development, Medicine, Diseases, Neuroscience reports Source Type: news

Book Review: Differently Wired: Raising an Exceptional Child
A trip down a bookstore aisle will reveal that there are as many different approaches to parenting as there are books to choose from. For every approach, there is an expert and a book to go along with it. In this modern age, there is probably a blog, too. The common theme between all these books is a problem to fix, a habit to address, or an issue to figure out. Then there is Differently Wired: Raising an Exceptional Child in a Conventional World, a book as differently wired as the children it refers to. While it will be on the same shelf as a book about dealing with a “problem child,” Differently Wired isn&rsq...
Source: Psych Central - May 15, 2019 Category: Psychiatry Authors: Bethany Duarte Tags: Autism / Asperger's Book Reviews Caregivers Children and Teens Disabilities Disorders Family General Motivation and Inspiration Parenting Pediatrics for Parents Personal Stories Psychology School Issues Self-Help Stress Stu Source Type: news

Gut bacteria may trigger autism
A study by the Qilu Children's Hospital of Shandong University in Jinan, China, found children with autism spectrum disorder have a unique make-up of bugs in their stools. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - May 14, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Can boosting ‘good’ gut bacteria really help with autism?
700,000 people in Britain have autism, which affects communication and social skills. There is no treatment as such — but could prebiotics help, say the Fisher family, from Hertfordshire. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - May 14, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Pregnant women who don't get enough vitamin D risk having children with schizophrenia
(Natural News) Your body needs essential vitamins and minerals to work properly. According to several studies, pregnant women need to get enough vitamin D to protect their babies from conditions such as autism and schizophrenia. Vitamin D: The “sunshine” vitamin Like calcium, vitamin D is essential for bone health. The vitamin helps lower a person’s risk for heart... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - May 12, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Washington State Limits Exemptions for Children Not Being Vaccinated
(VANCOUVER, Wash.) — Parents in Washington state will no longer be able to claim a personal or philosophical exemption for their children from receiving the combined measles, mumps and rubella vaccine before attending a day care center or school under a measure signed Friday by Gov. Jay Inslee. The state saw more than 70 cases of measles this year, and Inslee signed the bill at Vancouver City Hall, in the county where most of those cases were centered. The new law takes effect at the end of July. Inslee said that while the bill was an important step in public health, he warned it doesn’t do “everything ne...
Source: TIME: Health - May 10, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: GILLIAN FLACCUS and RACHEL LA CORTE / AP Tags: Uncategorized measles onetime washington Source Type: news

Can Medical Marijuana Help Kids With Autism?
Parents of kids with autism should wait for more data before trying to treat them with medical marijuana, warned the lead researcher on the study. (Source: WebMD Health)
Source: WebMD Health - May 10, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Can Medical Marijuana Help Kids With Autism?
FRIDAY, May 10, 2019 -- Medical marijuana extracts appear to help children with autism, reducing their disruptive behavior while improving their social responsiveness, a new Israeli clinical trial reports. Kids treated with either a whole-plant... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - May 10, 2019 Category: General Medicine Source Type: news

A Smackdown in the Kennedy Clan Summons Up the History of Presidents and Vaccines
Family quarrels are usually private things—unless of course, the family is famous. A public spat among boldface names broke out on May 8, when three members of the Kennedy clan published a piece on Politico declaring that Robert F. Kennedy, Jr.—son of Bobby Kennedy—has been “tragically wrong” in his years-long crusade against vaccines, a crusade that seems especially irresponsible now as the country suffers through its worst measles outbreak since 1994. Kennedy has become a hero of the anti-vax crowd with his persistent claims that vaccines contain deadly ingredients, particularly a mercury-ba...
Source: TIME: Health - May 9, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Jeffrey Kluger Tags: Uncategorized History onetime Source Type: news

A Smackdown in the Kennedy Clan Summons Up the History of Presidents and Vaccines
Family quarrels are usually private things—unless of course, the family is famous. A public spat among boldface names broke out on May 8, when three members of the Kennedy clan published a piece on Politico declaring that Robert F. Kennedy, Jr.—son of Bobby Kennedy—has been “tragically wrong” in his years-long crusade against vaccines, a crusade that seems especially irresponsible now as the country suffers through its worst measles outbreak since 1994. Kennedy has become a hero of the anti-vax crowd with his persistent claims that vaccines contain deadly ingredients, particularly a mercury-ba...
Source: TIME: Science - May 9, 2019 Category: Science Authors: Jeffrey Kluger Tags: Uncategorized History onetime Source Type: news

A step toward better understanding brain anatomy of autism spectrum disorder
(McGill University) A new study, led by researchers at McGill University's Faculty of Medicine and the Douglas Mental Health University Institute, set out to settle some of the discrepancies related to brain anatomy and ASD, employing a large dataset to obtain their findings. Their results were published recently in the journal Molecular Psychiatry. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - May 8, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Germany Might Make Measles Vaccinations Mandatory
Lawmakers in Germany are considering a new law that would fine parents if their children aren’t vaccinated against measles. The Guardian reports that the draft law would make vaccinations mandatory for any child attending nurseries or schools, as well as teachers, educators and medical staff. Failure to comply could result in fines of up to US$2,800. If approved this year, the law would go into effect by March 1, 2022, and would require parents to provide proof of their children’s vaccination by mid-2020. The proposed measure comes amid a global resurgence of the respiratory illness that has been driven in part...
Source: TIME: Health - May 7, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Uncategorized Germany onetime overnight Source Type: news

NHS funds headache relieving device
The handheld device delivers low-level electric currents to disrupt cluster headaches Related items fromOnMedica NICE calls for consistent clinical and social care in cerebral palsy Stroke survivors need more help taking medicine Ending the postcode lottery of stroke care BMA calls for ‘national standard for autism care’ Clinicians need better options if we are to stop over-medication (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - May 7, 2019 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorders Reliable in Toddler Years
Diagnostic stability was 0.50 at 12 to 13 months, increased to 0.79 and 0.83 by 14 and 16 months (Source: The Doctors Lounge - Psychiatry)
Source: The Doctors Lounge - Psychiatry - May 6, 2019 Category: Psychiatry Tags: Family Medicine, Neurology, Pediatrics, Psychiatry, Journal, Source Type: news

Diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorders Reliable in Toddler Years
MONDAY, May 6, 2019 -- Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) has high diagnostic stability, with stable diagnosis starting at 14 months of age, according to a study published online April 29 in JAMA Pediatrics. Karen Pierce, Ph.D., from the University of... (Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News)
Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News - May 6, 2019 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Studies determine link between air pollution and increased autism risk
(Natural News) Today’s air isn’t as clean as it used to be thousands of years ago. It is now filled with pollutants from various sources like power plants, factories, and vehicles. Exposure to these air pollutants harms the health, both physical and mental, and studies have found a link between air pollution and children’s risk... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - May 6, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

A medical condition or just a difference? The question roils autism community.
The fight causes a major divide that experts say may end up hurting research and funding. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - May 5, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Alisa Opar Source Type: news

Developmental Tests Might Spot Autism Earlier
In the study, young children whose normal development started to slip behind that of other kids appeared to be more likely to be later diagnosed with autism. (Source: WebMD Health)
Source: WebMD Health - May 3, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Medical News Today: Levels of autism: Everything you need to know
Doctors can diagnose three different levels of autism, which vary in their severity. Getting the correct diagnosis can help ensure that a person receives the right treatment and support. Learn more here. (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - May 3, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Autism Source Type: news

Developmental Tests Might Spot Autism at Even Younger Ages
FRIDAY, May 3, 2019 -- The sooner a child with autism is diagnosed, the better, and now new research describes a novel way of catching it earlier than ever. Well-child visits that include developmental screening might pick up the first hints of... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - May 3, 2019 Category: General Medicine Source Type: news

For People With Autism, Encounters With Police Can Turn Dangerous
FRIDAY, May 3, 2019 -- Being stopped and questioned by a police officer can be a stressful encounter for anyone, but it is especially hazardous for those with autism. Things can go so wrong that the person with autism winds up in jail because of... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - May 3, 2019 Category: General Medicine Source Type: news

A Scientology Cruise Ship Has Been Quarantined for Measles. Here ’s What to Know
The Church of Scientology’s cruise ship Freewinds with 300 passengers aboard has been quarantined in port by the Caribbean nation of St. Lucia for measles after a female crew member was diagnosed with the highly contagious, preventable disease. MarineTraffic.com lists the vessel in port at St. Lucia as the Freewinds. A ship with that name is owned by a Panamanian company linked to the Church of Scientology. NBC News also reported that a St. Lucia coast guard official confirmed that the quarantined vessel belonged to the church. The Church of Scientology did not respond to TIME’s requests for comment. St. Luci...
Source: TIME: Health - May 2, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Tara Law Tags: Uncategorized Infectious Disease onetime Travel Source Type: news

Autism Diagnosis Reliable in Young Toddlers Autism Diagnosis Reliable in Young Toddlers
Diagnoses of autism spectrum disorder are reliable in children as young as 14 months, a study found.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - May 2, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Pediatrics News Source Type: news

Autism Awareness spurs outreach in April
During Autism Awareness Month, NIEHS hosted a talk about links between folate and ASD, discussions on social media, a webinar, and more. (read more) (Source: Environmental Factor - NIEHS Newsletter)
Source: Environmental Factor - NIEHS Newsletter - May 2, 2019 Category: Environmental Health Source Type: news

New Drugs May Influence Social Behaviors in Those With Autism
Drugs modulating the vasopressin pathway explored as agents to modify social behaviors in autism (Source: The Doctors Lounge - Psychiatry)
Source: The Doctors Lounge - Psychiatry - May 2, 2019 Category: Psychiatry Tags: Neurology, Pathology, Pediatrics, Pharmacy, Psychiatry, Journal, Source Type: news

New Drugs May Influence Social Behaviors in Those With Autism
THURSDAY, May 2, 2019 -- Balovaptan, an orally administered selective vasopressin V1a receptor antagonist, is associated with improved adaptive behaviors for men with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), while arginine vasopressin (AVP), a neuropeptide... (Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News)
Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News - May 2, 2019 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Vasopressin may be used to treat autism
According to clinical trial data, published inScience Translational Medicine, elevating vasopressin levels can improve social problems in children with autism.Science Magazine (Source: Society for Endocrinology)
Source: Society for Endocrinology - May 2, 2019 Category: Endocrinology Source Type: news

Autism Symptoms May Improve with Modification of Hormone Pathway
Two clinical trials that altered vasopressin signaling report improved social functions in people with autism spectrum disorder, but researchers caution against overinterpreting the results. (Source: The Scientist)
Source: The Scientist - May 2, 2019 Category: Science Tags: News & Opinion Source Type: news