Tag Archives: Autism

Exposure To Pollutants In First Two Years Of Life Might Lead To Autism

smog-10016053A new study by Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health has revealed that children who were exposed to air pollutants during their first two years of life are more likely to develop Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). The study, which was presented in the American Association for Aerosol Research annual meeting in Orlando, Florida, has explained that the risk is related mainly to two pollutants: chromium, which is released by combustion processes and metal industries, and styrene, the product of poly styrene plastics and resins. What are your thoughts about air pollution? What should be done to prevent its negative effects, especially on children?

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Substance in broccoli improves autism symptoms: study

green-broccoli-10059461A recent small study has shown interesting results for the treatment of behavioral and social symptoms in young men with autism. An extract of the chemical, sulphoraphane, which is found in broccoli and other cruciferous vegetables, was shown to improve symptoms in two-thirds of patients in the study’s treatment group. Since it has been noted that young individuals with autism show improved social skills when experiencing a fever, this could mean that sulphoraphane produces the same sort of stress response without the associated negative side effects. As the men were being observed, staff and caregivers claimed that they could tell which patients were in the treatment group versus the placebo group. While this provided promising results for many involved, more research must be done to confirm results and explore other patient demographics. Based on your experience with your patients, which supplements, nutrients or lifestyle modifications have been efficacious in treating the symptoms of autism?

 

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Running may help reduce the symptoms of autism in children with the diagnosis

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In 2012, Achilles International, a non-profit organization that provides physical development opportunities for people with disabilities, had developed a training program for children with autism. The program involved helping the children train for a mainstream five mile race, and it has produced some anecdotal evidence that points to a link between running and the symptoms of autism. Achilles found that children with autism who run exhibit a decrease in descriptiveness and aggression, while exhibiting an improvement with social interactions. They say that running gives these children a way to refocus and to decrease stress. A grant provided by the Cigna Foundation will allow Achilles to research this link further. Achilles hopes to find how running effects the symptoms of autism in order to improve the quality of life for these children. How do you keep yourself focused and stress-free?

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Some With Autism Diagnosis Can Overcome Symptoms, Study Finds.

A new study published in the Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry has shown that some children diagnosis with autism may outgrow their symptoms. Researchers suggest that there is no way to predict which individuals diagnosed with autism will recover, but the new findings may change the understanding and treatment of autism. What are your thoughts about this study? What dietary and lifestyle changes do you currently recommend in the treatment of autism in your practice? For additional information, please visit NY Times.

 

New Pets Help Autistic Children Develop Socially

Researchers in France found that introducing a pet to an autistic child after the age of 5 promoted development in social skills like sharing and offering comfort.  No improvement was seen in children who had pets since birth or who did not have pets.  Although the study was small and more research is needed in the area, pets promote social interaction and strengthen family bonds.  In what other conditions have you encouraged your patients to utilize pet therapy?

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