Category Archives: Autism

Music Training May Help Treat Autism And ADHD In Kids

Taking music lessons increases brain connections in children and may be useful in treating autism and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), a new study has found. The researchers studied 23 healthy children between the ages of five and six years … Continue reading

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Can Mental Illness Be Prevented In The Womb?

Every day in the United States, millions of expectant mothers take a prenatal vitamin on the advice of their doctor. The counsel typically comes with physical health in mind: folic acid to help avoid fetal spinal cord problems; iodine to … Continue reading

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The first 1,000 Days: A Crucial Time for Mothers and Children—And the World

The first 1,000 days of a child’s life — from conception through the second birthday – are incredibly deterministic. The time of your pregnancy and first two years of life will determine the health of your child, the ability to … Continue reading

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Autism-Linked Genes Often Differ Between Siblings

In families that have more than one child with autism, the gene variations underlying each child’s disorder often differ, new research shows. Researchers have long known that autism is a complex disorder. Experts have suspected that the development of autism … Continue reading

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Common brain changes found in children with autism, ADHD and OCD

Autism, ADHD and OCD have common symptoms and are linked by some of the same genes. Yet historically they have been studied as separate disorders. MRI study shows shared brain biology is linked to the symptoms that occur across different conditions. … Continue reading

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National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences head lauds Northeastern’s interdisciplinary approach

You can’t change your genes, but you can change your environment.” So said Linda Birn­baum, director of the National Insti­tutes of Health’s National Insti­tute of Envi­ron­mental Health Sci­ences, during her forward-​​looking talk Monday morning at Northeastern. “You cannot do envi­ron­mental … Continue reading

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Do you know how canned chemicals are linked to neurological disorders like ADHD, Autism and Learning Disabilities?

For some time, California has officially recognized that bisphenol A is harmful to human health. The chemical is used in many plastics—including food and drink containers—and exposure to it has been linked to disruptions in the body’s reproductive system and … Continue reading

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What is Project TENDR: Targeting Environmental Neuro-Developmental Risks? How does Project TENDR add value to families struggling with neurological disorders?

Leading scientific and medical experts, along with children’s health advocates, came together in 2015 under the auspices of Project TENDR: Targeting Environmental Neuro-Developmental Risks to issue a call to action to reduce widespread exposures to chemicals that interfere with fetal … Continue reading

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New hope for reducing children’s risks of autism, ADHD and intellectual disabilities

For some time, many families have either feared or dealt with the impact of their children having autism spectrum disorder, ADHD, and/or intellectual disabilities. Options to reduce the chance of one’s child developing such neurodevelopmental disorders have been limited. But … Continue reading

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Clinical acumen key in discerning autism, attention deficit

A widely used diagnostic test for autism can reliably distinguish the condition from attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), but not always. Relying solely on the test results can send clinicians down the wrong path, warns a new study. The findings … Continue reading

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