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:
A recent study published in the British Journal of Psychiatry reported shorter life spans in the autism population as compared to their same-age, non-autistic peers. Some of the contributing factors include low functioning, epilepsy, heart disease, depression, and suicide.
Three studies profiled: one on maternal obesity; one that examines beta-2 adrenergic receptor agonist drugs used during pregnancy; and one that examines the prevalence of ASD in extreme pre-term infants.