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In honor and in memory

of Dr. Bernard Rimland,

Autism Pioneer and Advocate


Issue: # 4


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: [email protected]


Previous issues of this e-newsletter can be viewed at:


Steve Edelson, Ph.D. and Lenny Schafer


Autism Supplement in Pediatrics  


Pediatrics, a journal published by the American Academy of Pediatrics, recently published a supplement on autism dedicated to the physical health of individuals on the autism spectrum.  Articles include gastrointestinal, sleep, complementary & alternative medicine, psychotropic medication, and much more. Click here to view the Table of Contents and download the articles.



ICD-9-CM Code for Wandering

V40.31 - Wandering in diseases

classified elsewhere


In our last issue, we featured an article on the ICD-9-CM Code for Wandering. Soon after the newsletter was published, an important study on wandering and elopement in individuals with ASD was published. Click here to read a summary of the research study.


Diagnosis, Early Signs, and Risks  


Antidepressants Linked to Poor Birth Outcomes

[original article appeared in Human Reproduction]


Babies' Non-Verbal Communication Skills Can Help Predict Outcomes In Children At High Risk Of Developing Autism

[original article appeared in Infancy]


Distinct Developmental Patterns Identified in Children with Autism During their First 3 Years

[original article appeared in Child Development]


Maternal Antibody Reactivity to Lymphocytes of Offspring With Autism

[original article appeared in Pediatric Neurology]


Study Tentatively Links Flu in Pregnancy and Autism

[original article appeared in Pediatrics]

[Given these findings, some people are urging pregnant women to receive the flu shot. Note: the flu shot still contains thimerosal, and recent research  suggests a possible association between a genetic susceptibility to mercury exposure and autism.]

Health-Related Problems (ASD & Family)


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

Fatigue, Stress and Coping in Mothers of Children with an Autism Spectrum Disorder

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


[original article appeared in Special Care in Dentistry]


Motor Difficulties in Autism Spectrum Disorder: Linking Symptom Severity and Postural Stability

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


Patterns and Predictors of Anxiety Among Siblings of Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders

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


Autism Early Intervention Found to Normalize Brain activity in Children as young as 18 months

[original article appeared in Journal of the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry]


Limited Evidence to Support Eedication for Adolescents with Autism

[original article appeared in Pediatrics]


New Evidence that Early Therapy Helps Autistic Kids

[original article appeared in Pediatrics]

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