Monthly Archives: March 2015

Endotoxins / Inflammation challenge – Social Cognition and Autism

Inflammation impairs social cognitive processing: A randomized controlled trial of endotoxin. Abstract Neuropsychiatric disorders (e.g., autism, schizophrenia) are partially characterized by social cognitive deficits, including impairments in the ability to perceive others’ emotional states, which is an aspect of … Continue reading

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Dravet Syndrome (Epilepsy) and Autism

Dravet syndrome in Sweden: a population-based study. Abstract AIM: To assess the prevalence and incidence of Dravet syndrome in children diagnosed in Sweden between 2007 and 2011, and to describe neurological comorbidity, disease course, phenotypes, and treatment effects. METHOD: … Continue reading

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Potassium Channels and their importance in ASD

Update on the implication of potassium channels in autism: K(+) channelautism spectrum disorder. FULL PAPER AT LINK Abstract Autism spectrum disorders (ASDs) are characterized by impaired ability to properly implement environmental stimuli that are essential to achieve a state … Continue reading

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Physical Activity – Positive Effect on ASD sleep problems

Brief Report: Influence of Physical Activity on Sleep Quality in Children with Autism. Abstract Sleep-related problems are often documented in children with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD). This study examined physical activity as a variable that might influence sleep quality … Continue reading

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DSM-5 – Review – Confirms Negative Impact on ASD Children, Diagnosis and Care

The Effects of DSM-5 Criteria on Number of Individuals Diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder: A Systematic Review. Abstract A growing body of research has raised concerns about the number of individuals diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) according to … Continue reading

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Zinc – Balancing Levels may normalize Synaptic Alterations in ASD

Effects of trace metal profiles characteristic for autism on synapses in cultured neurons. Abstract Various recent studies revealed that biometal dyshomeostasis plays a crucial role in the pathogenesis of neurological disorders such as autism spectrum disorders (ASD). Substantial evidence … Continue reading

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Gastrointestinal Disorders 2.5x higher in ASD children.

Autistic Children More Likely to Have GI Issues in Early Life Large Study Finds GI Symptoms Appear in Infancy and Persist Through Age 3 March 25, 2015—Scientists at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health report that children … Continue reading

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Air Pollution and Cognitive / Behavioral Impairment

Prenatal Exposure to Common Air Pollutants Linked to Cognitive and Behavioral Impairment Everyday pollutants in and outside the home can be bad for the environment…and bad for your baby’s brain LOS ANGELES (March 25, 2015)- Researchers at the Institute … Continue reading

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KCNA2 – Epilepsy and Autism – Treatment Options

Researchers identify gene linked with early epilepsy Treatment may help prevent poor brain development in some cases Certain types of early-onset epilepsy are triggered by previously unknown mutations of a potassium ion channel gene, KCNA2. The mutations disrupt the … Continue reading

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Biomarker Diagnostic Test for Boys with Autism

Blood-Based Genetic Biomarkers Identify Young Boys with Autism Proof-of-principle method suggests much-earlier diagnoses could be done with clinic test March 09, 2015  |  Scott LaFee  In a study published in the current online issue of JAMA Psychiatry, an international team of … Continue reading

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