Climate change may exacerbate allergies, autism

"Climate change has worsened respiratory allergic disease and has altered the immune system's tolerance in responding to toxins," says Xue Ming.

Patti Verbanas-Rutgers • futurity
Aug. 6, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: climate-change autism ecosystems allergies featured health-and-medicine autoimmune-diseases

Mindfulness can cut anxiety for kids with autism

"The wonderful thing about mindfulness is that it is a tool they can take out when they need it. It is not a medication with side effects, and it's free."

Patti Verbanas-Rutgers • futurity
June 8, 2020 ~4 min

Tags: autism mindfulness health-and-medicine

Dogs don’t always boost social skills for kids with autism

"The autism spectrum is incredibly broad, so what might be an effective intervention technique for one child might not necessarily be the best option for another."

Brian Consiglio-Missouri • futurity
June 5, 2020 ~4 min

Tags: autism dogs stress communication childrens-health health-and-medicine

Trial tests cord blood as autism treatment

A clinical trial evaluating the benefits of cord blood for children with autism spectrum disorder shows mixed results depending on intellectual disability.

Sarah Avery-Duke • futurity
May 19, 2020 ~4 min

Tags: autism communication intellectual-disability blood childrens-health health-and-medicine

Biased studies linked antidepressants in pregnancy to autism

Does taking antidepressants during pregnancy increase the child's risk of autism? A new meta-analysis finds a flaw in studies that showed any link.

UT Austin • futurity
May 15, 2020 ~4 min

Tags: autism pregnancy antidepressants health-and-medicine medications

Brain scans link baby sleep trouble and autism later

New research links the disrupted sleep of babies later diagnosed with autism with altered growth trajectories in the hippocampus.

Kim Eckart-Washington • futurity
May 7, 2020 ~9 min

Tags: autism sleep brains childrens-health babies health-and-medicine

Can this biomarker flag autism in newborns?

A biomarker in newborns may signal autism spectrum disorder months or even years before symptoms begin, say researchers.

Jim Dryden-WUSTL • futurity
April 29, 2020 ~8 min

Tags: autism biomarkers childrens-health babies health-and-medicine medical-tests

Method reprograms cells to build stuff on brain cells

A new technique called genetically targeted chemical assembly reprograms cells to build artificial structures to carry out functions inside the body.

Stanford • futurity
March 23, 2020 ~4 min

Tags: autism neurons brains enzymes epilepsy health-and-medicine

Periodic check-ins may work better for kids with autism

Momentary check-ins can help reduce problem behaviors in kids with autism, and be easier for parents and caregivers to implement.

Brian Consiglio-Missouri • futurity
March 4, 2020 ~3 min

Tags: autism families social-lives health-and-medicine intervention

This standard test for autism could be more reliable

A common autism test contains inconsistencies, researchers say, but off-the-shelf wearable technology could help make it more reliable.

Megan Schumann-Rutgers • futurity
Jan. 29, 2020 ~3 min

Tags: autism childrens-health health-and-medicine medical-tests

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