Monthly Research Updates

Scientists and researchers are constantly uncovering more information related to autism, offering insights into the origins, possible causes and even at times potential cures. I come across dozens of articles on a weekly basis, some of which seem more important than others. I thought I would share on a monthly basis stories that caught my eye.

~ Maureen


researchAutism in motion

Children with autism are often clumsy, physically awkward or uncoordinated. This understudied and nearly ubiquitous feature has researchers contemplating a new idea: Could motor problems be one source of autism’s social difficulties?

Read the full article here.

https://spectrumnews.org/features/deep-dive/autism-in-motion/

AUTISM AND HEALTH: A SPECIAL REPORT BY AUTISM SPEAKS

Frequent co-morbidities of autism include seizures, gastrointestinal disorders, sleep disturbances, eating and feeding challenges, attention deficit and hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), anxiety, depression, schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. These issues can extend across the life span. The purpose of this special report is to summarize the latest understanding of autism’s commonly associated physical and mental health conditions, including how best to identify, treat and in some cases prevent them to improve overall health and quality of life.

Read the full article here.

https://www.autismspeaks.org/sites/default/files/docs/facts_and_figures_report_final_v3.pdf

Heart rate may foretell autism features in infants

Babies with a family history of autism have heart rates that are unusually low and that respond aberrantly to speech sounds, according to a new study. Studies over the past two decades have shown that heart rate tracks with attention: An infant’s pulse slows briefly when she turns toward a compelling sight or sound and returns to baseline as she loses interest.

Read the full article here.

https://spectrumnews.org/news/heart-rate-may-foretell-autism-features-infants/

Tune in next month for an update on autism research!

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