Monthly Archives: March 2015

Endotoxins / Inflammation challenge – Social Cognition and Autism

Inflammation impairs social cognitive processing: A randomized controlled trial of endotoxin. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25770082 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. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25772213 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. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4345917/ 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. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25791123 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. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25796195 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. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25802764 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   http://www.mailman.columbia.edu 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 http://www.chla.org 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 http://www.uni-tuebingen.de 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 https://health.ucsd.edu/news/releases/Pages/2015-03-09-blood-based-biomarker-identifies-autism.aspx 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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