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In honor and in memory

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Autism Pioneer and Advocate

 Issue: # 20                 

September/2015

Dear Subscriber,

 

This e-newsletter provides obstetricians, pediatricians and nurses with links to the latest research on ways to understand and to help children and adults on the autism spectrum.  Please feel free to send us your comments and feedback to:  

ClinicalResearchInAutism@autism.com

 

Previous issues of this e-newsletter can be viewed at: www.ClinicalResearchInAutism.com.

 

Steve Edelson, Ph.D. and Lenny Schafer

Risks and Early Signs
Pregnant Woman2 
  
[Original article appeared in  Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders]
A meta-analysis of five surveys found that there does appear to be an increased risk of autism when pregnant mothers are obese. 

[Original article appeared in JAMA]
If the children were born between 28 and 44 weeks' gestation, there was an increased risk for autism spectrum disorder.

[Original article appeared in Pediatrics]

[Original article appeared in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences]

[Original article appeared in American Journal on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities]
Women with intellectual and developmental disabilities including autism were found to have higher rates of pregnancy complications than women in the general obstetric population.
Diagnosis
[Original article appeared in Pediatrics]

[Original article appeared in American Journal of Occupational Therapy]

[Original article appeared in Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders]

[Original article appeared in Current Biology]

[Original article appeared in Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders]

[Press Release]
The U.S. Preventative Task Force is creating waves by recommending against universal screening for autism. Both the AAP and most autism advocacy groups encourage early screening and early intervention for toddlers who are identified to be on the spectrum.
Nutrition-Related Treatments

[Original article appeared in Clinical Psychopharmacology and Neuroscience]
The ASD group who received digestive enzymes exhibited a decrease in gastrointestinal symptoms as well as behaviors commonly associated with autism.