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Can Medical Marijuana Help Kids With Autism?

Posted 15 days ago by

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 cannabis extract or a pure combination of cannabidiol (CBD) and THC experienced a significant improvement in their symptoms, compared with a control group...

For People With Autism, Encounters With Police Can Turn Dangerous

Posted 3 May 2019 by

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 miscommunications and misunderstandings. Previous research has found that an estimated 1 in 5 teens with autism will be stopped and questioned by police...

Developmental Tests Might Spot Autism at Even Younger Ages

Posted 3 May 2019 by

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 autism risk in some children, the study suggests. "We think this has the potential to identify children at risk for autism at even younger ages," said...

'Microbiome' May Be Key to Autism Symptoms

Posted 1 May 2019 by

WEDNESDAY, May 1, 2019 – The belly-brain connection is gaining traction in autism research. And a new study suggests gut bacteria may play a role in the disorder or some of its symptoms. Although this research is in its infancy, it's hoped that someday scientists might tweak the gut bacteria to ease digestive symptoms of autism spectrum disorder. The latest step in this direction comes from...

Treatments Targeting Social Behavior Hormone Show Promise With Autism

Posted 1 May 2019 by

WEDNESDAY, May 1, 2019 – Hormone-based treatment might improve social function in people with autism, a pair of new clinical trials suggests. Both focused on vasopressin, a hormone that has been implicated in the brain's ability to manage social behavior. In the first trial, vasopressin given as a nasal spray helped improve social responsiveness in kids with autism, said lead researcher Karen...

Autism Diagnoses Reliable at 14 Months, Study Finds

Posted 29 Apr 2019 by

MONDAY, April 29, 2019 – Although autism is typically diagnosed around age 3 or 4, new research suggests it can be spotted soon after a child's first birthday. Diagnosing autism spectrum disorders early is "extremely important because the brain is really plastic during early development," said the study's lead author, Karen Pierce. The study found that 84% of those diagnosed early still met the...

Young Adults With Autism Need Jobs, But Resources Vary By State

Posted 25 Apr 2019 by

WEDNESDAY, April 24, 2019 – There's a lot of news about the dramatic rise in the number of children with autism and the services available to them, but less attention has been paid to what happens when those kids grow up. Now, a new study suggests that finding a job can be a struggle, and just how much of a struggle it is can vary widely from state to state. For example, the difference between...

Could Treating Gut Bacteria Help Ease Autism Symptoms?

Posted 12 Apr 2019 by

FRIDAY, April 12, 2019 – Scientists suspect that your gut microbiome – the mix of bacteria that inhabit your intestines – affects your health in many ways, but a surprising new finding suggests that a healthy microbiome may even ease the symptoms of autism. The small study of 18 children with autism who also had severe digestive problems found that a fecal transplant to rebalance their gut...

Kids With Autism 'In Tune' With Mom's Feelings: Study

Posted 28 Mar 2019 by

THURSDAY, March 28, 2019 – Children with autism may have trouble interpreting facial emotions in strangers, but research finds some are as "in-tune" with their mother's expressions as kids without autism. The study included 4- to 8-year-olds with and without autism who viewed five facial expressions – happy, sad, angry, fearful and neutral – on both familiar and unfamiliar faces. Children...

Smartphone App May Boost Social Skills in Kids With Autism

Posted 26 Mar 2019 by

TUESDAY, March 26, 2019 – A smartphone application that works with Google Glass might help kids with autism build their social skills, a small clinical trial suggests. Researchers found that over six weeks, kids who used the app at home with their families made greater gains in certain social abilities, compared to those who stuck with their usual therapy alone. Experts said the findings,...

Health Tip: Safety Risks for People With Autism

Posted 26 Mar 2019 by

-- Some 1.5 million people in the United States have an autism spectrum disorder. People with autism need family and friends to help evaluate what they need to be safe and protected, says Autism Speaks. Autism Speaks mentions some safety risks for people with autism: Wandering. Drowning. Household poisons. Misunderstanding due to communication issues.

Pesticides Tied to Autism Risk in Kids

Posted 21 Mar 2019 by

THURSDAY, March 21, 2019 – Children who are exposed to common pesticides, either while in the womb or in the first year of life, may be more likely to develop autism, a new study suggests. While the researchers stressed that it's premature to say that pesticide exposure actually causes autism, they pointed out that theirs is not the first investigation to sound alarm bells on the dangers that...

Can Some Children Outgrow Autism?

Posted 19 Mar 2019 by

TUESDAY, March 19, 2019 – Some toddlers thought to have mild autism "outgrow" the diagnosis, but most continue to struggle with language and behavior, new research suggests. The study is not the first to document cases of autism "recovery." Doctors have known for decades that a small number of young children diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD) seem to outgrow it. But what does that...

Burden of Autism in Teens Weighs Heaviest on Minorities, Poor

Posted 15 Mar 2019 by

FRIDAY, March 15, 2019 – Autism exacts a heavy toll on the families of teens who struggle with the disorder, but the fight to get treatment and services is even harder among minorities who live in poverty, new research suggests. "We must understand that many families parenting teens on the autism spectrum are also struggling to make ends meet while trying to navigate complex systems of care and...

Largest Study Ever Finds No Link Between Measles Vaccine, Autism

Posted 4 Mar 2019 by

MONDAY, March 4, 2019 – Amid ongoing U.S. measles outbreaks, one of the largest studies to date provides fresh evidence that the measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine does not cause autism. Danish researchers found no link between the MMR vaccine and autism, even when they focused on children at greater risk for developing autism. "In a study of more than 650,000 Danish children, there was no...

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