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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29681245/pregnancy-risk-factors-related-to-autism-an-italian-case-control-study-in-mothers-of-children-with-autism-spectrum-disorders-asd-their-siblings-and-of-typically-developing-children
#1
E Grossi, L Migliore, F Muratori
This study, carried out in two Italian Institutions, assesses the frequency of 27 potential autism risk factors related to pregnancy and peri- and postnatal periods by interviewing mothers who had children with autism, children with autism and one or two typically developing siblings, or only typically developing children. The clinical sample included three case groups: 73 children and adolescents with autism (Group A), 35 children and adolescents with autism (Group A1) having 45 siblings (Group B) and 96 typically developing children (Group C) matched for gender and age...
April 23, 2018: Journal of Developmental Origins of Health and Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29584590/maternal-thyroid-function-in-early-pregnancy-and-child-neurodevelopmental-disorders-a-danish-nationwide-case-cohort-study
#2
Stine Linding Andersen, Stig Andersen, Peter Vestergaard, Jørn Olsen
BACKGROUND: Maternal thyroid dysfunction may adversely affect fetal brain development, but more evidence is needed to refine this hypothesis. The aim of this study was to evaluate potential fetal programming by abnormal maternal thyroid function on child neurodevelopmental disorders. METHODS: The design was a case-cohort study within the Danish National Birth Cohort (1997-2003). From the eligible cohort of 71,706 women, a random 12% sub-cohort (n = 7624) was selected, and all women (n = 2276) whose child was diagnosed with seizures, specific developmental disorder (SDD), autism spectrum disorder (ASD), and/or attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) up to December 31, 2010, were identified...
March 27, 2018: Thyroid: Official Journal of the American Thyroid Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29566458/chronic-stress-and-impulsive-risk-taking-predict-increases-in-visceral-fat-over-18-months
#3
Ashley E Mason, Samantha Schleicher, Michael Coccia, Elissa S Epel, Kirstin Aschbacher
OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to examine whether baseline chronic stress and impulsive risk-taking synergistically predict changes in visceral fat among healthy mothers in an observational, longitudinal, 18-month study. METHODS: A prospective cohort of 113 adult women (age, mean ± SD: 42.83 ± 4.70; BMI, mean ± SD: 24.86 ± 4.32; 74%, n = 84 white) completed assessments at baseline and 18-month follow-up. Chronically stressed mothers caring for a child with an autism spectrum disorder ("caregivers"; n = 72 participants) were compared with lower stress mothers caring for a neurotypical child ("controls"; n = 41)...
March 22, 2018: Obesity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29562607/a-cohort-study-comparing-women-with-autism-spectrum-disorder-with-and-without-generalized-joint-hypermobility
#4
Emily L Casanova, Julia L Sharp, Stephen M Edelson, Desmond P Kelly, Manuel F Casanova
Reports suggest comorbidity between autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and the connective tissue disorder, Ehlers-Danlos syndrome (EDS). People with EDS and the broader spectrum of Generalized Joint Hypermobility (GJH) often present with immune- and endocrine-mediated conditions. Meanwhile, immune/endocrine dysregulation is a popular theme in autism research. We surveyed a group of ASD women with/without GJH to determine differences in immune/endocrine exophenotypes. ASD women 25 years or older were invited to participate in an online survey...
March 17, 2018: Behavioral Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29558816/prenatal-primary-prevention-of-mental-illness-by-micronutrient-supplements-in-pregnancy
#5
Robert Freedman, Sharon K Hunter, M Camille Hoffman
Genes, infection, malnutrition, and other factors affecting fetal brain development are a major component of risk for a child's emotional development and later mental illnesses, including schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, and autism. Prenatal interventions to ameliorate that risk have yet to be established for clinical use. A systematic review of prenatal nutrients and childhood emotional development and later mental illness was performed. Randomized trials of folic acid, phosphatidylcholine, and omega-3 fatty acid supplements assess effects of doses beyond those adequate to remedy deficiencies to promote normal fetal development despite genetic and environmental risks...
March 21, 2018: American Journal of Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29520885/maternal-cytomegalovirus-sero-positivity-and-autism-symptoms-in-children
#6
Brooke L Slawinski, Nicole Talge, Brooke Ingersoll, Arianna Smith, Alicynne Glazier, Jean Kerver, Nigel Paneth, Karen Racicot
PROBLEM: Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is one of the most commonly diagnosed neurodevelopmental disorders in the United States. While ASD can be significantly influenced by genetics, prenatal exposure to maternal infections has also been implicated in conferring risk. Despite this, the effects of several important maternal pathogens, such as cytomegalovirus (CMV) and herpes simplex virus 2 (HSV2), remain unknown. METHOD OF STUDY: We tested whether maternal CMV and/or HSV2 sero-positivity was associated with ASD symptoms in children...
March 9, 2018: American Journal of Reproductive Immunology: AJRI
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29504790/training-clinicians-to-deliver-group-cbt-to-manage-anxiety-in-youth-with-asd-results-of-a-multisite-trial
#7
Judy Reaven, Eric J Moody, Laura Grofer Klinger, Amy Keefer, Amie Duncan, Sarah O'Kelley, Allison Meyer, Susan Hepburn, Audrey Blakeley-Smith
OBJECTIVE: Few guidelines are available regarding optimal training models for practitioners delivering cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) for anxiety in youth with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). The present study systematically compared 3 instructional conditions for delivering the Facing Your Fears program (FYF) to children with ASD and anxiety. METHOD: Thirty-four clinicians (Mage = 34 years; 94% women, 88% Caucasian) and an intent-to-treat sample of 91 children with ASD and anxiety (Mage = 11; 84% male 53% Caucasian) met eligibility criteria across 4 sites...
March 2018: Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29481315/grey-matter-correlates-of-autistic-traits-in-women-with-anorexia-nervosa
#8
Malin Björnsdotter, Monika Davidovic, Louise Karjalainen, Göran Starck, Håkan Olausson, Elisabet Wentz
BACKGROUND: Patients with anorexia nervosa exhibit higher levels of behaviours typically associated with autism-spectrum disorder (ASD), but the neural basis is unclear. We sought to determine whether elevated autistic traits in women with anorexia nervosa may be reflected in cortical morphology. METHODS: We used voxel-based morphometry (VBM) to examine regional grey matter volumes in high-resolution MRI structural brain scans in women with anorexia nervosa and matched healthy controls...
March 2018: Journal of Psychiatry & Neuroscience: JPN
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29479324/can-robotic-systems-promote-self-disclosure-in-adolescents-with-autism-spectrum-disorder-a-pilot-study
#9
Hirokazu Kumazaki, Zachary Warren, Amy Swanson, Yuichiro Yoshikawa, Yoshio Matsumoto, Hideyuki Takahashi, Nilanjan Sarkar, Hiroshi Ishiguro, Masaru Mimura, Yoshio Minabe, Mitsuru Kikuchi
Research suggests that many individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) often demonstrate challenges providing appropriate levels of information during conversational interchanges. Considering the preference of individuals with ASD, and recent rapid technological advances, robotic systems may yield promise in promoting certain aspects of conversation and interaction such as self-disclosure of appropriate personal information. In the current work, we evaluated personal disclosures of events with specific emotional content across two differing robotic systems (android and simplistic humanoid) and human interactions...
2018: Frontiers in Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29453023/implications-of-altered-maternal-cytokine-concentrations-on-infant-outcomes-in-children-with-prenatal-alcohol-exposure
#10
K D Sowell, J Y Uriu-Adams, J Van de Water, C D Chambers, C D Coles, J A Kable, L Yevtushok, N Zymak-Zakutnya, W Wertelecki, C L Keen
Excessive alcohol consumption has been shown to increase serum plasma levels of numerous immune cytokines. Maternal immune activation and elevated cytokines have been implicated in certain neurological disorders (e.g., autism and schizophrenia) in the offspring. We investigated the hypothesis that elevated cytokines during pregnancy are a risk factor in women who gave birth to a child with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) or a child with neurobehavioral impairment, regardless of prenatal alcohol exposure...
August 12, 2017: Alcohol
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29436313/pre-eclampsia-and-the-risk-of-autism-spectrum-disorder-in-offspring-meta-analysis
#11
Berihun Assefa Dachew, Abdullah Mamun, Joemer Calderon Maravilla, Rosa Alati
BACKGROUND: Evidence about the effect of intrauterine exposure to pre-eclampsia on offspring autism-spectrum disorder (ASD) is not well established. Aims To examine the association between pre-eclampsia and ASD. METHOD: PubMed, Embase and PsycINFO databases were searched. Pooled relative risks (RR) with 95% confidence intervals were calculated. Subgroup and sensitivity analyses were performed. Heterogeneity was assessed using Cochran's Q- and the I 2-test. The presence of publication bias was evaluated by Egger's test and visual inspection of the symmetry in funnel plots...
March 2018: British Journal of Psychiatry: the Journal of Mental Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29429116/listening-to-bedouin-mothers-of-children-with-autism
#12
Iris Manor-Binyamini, Avihu Shoshana
This article examines how Bedouin mothers in Israel describe, perceive, and interpret their experiences raising a child with autism. Data were collected using semi-structured ethnographic interviews with 18 Bedouin mothers of children with autism, aged 6-16, living in recognized and unrecognized settlements in the Negev. Analysis of the study findings shows how the subaltern status of Bedouin women, which includes their husbands' constant threats of divorce or taking a second wife, makes it difficult for them to be mobile and interact in the public sphere without the presence of a man and creates an experience unique to these mothers, which we call "Exclusion within Exclusion"...
February 10, 2018: Culture, Medicine and Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29398933/sexuality-in-autism-hypersexual-and-paraphilic-behavior-in-women-and-men-with-high-functioning-autism-spectrum-disorder
#13
Daniel Schöttle, Peer Briken, Oliver Tüscher, Daniel Turner
Like nonaffected adults, individuals with autism spectrum disorders (ASDs) show the entire range of sexual behaviors. However, due to the core symptoms of the disorder spectrum, including deficits in social skills, sensory hypo- and hypersensitivities, and repetitive behaviors, some ASD individuals might develop quantitatively above-average or nonnormative sexual behaviors and interests. After reviewing the relevant literature on sexuality in high-functioning ASD individuals, we present novel findings on the frequency of normal sexual behaviors and those about the assessment of hypersexual and paraphilic fantasies and behaviors in ASD individuals from our own study...
December 2017: Dialogues in Clinical Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29345153/selective-serotonin-reuptake-inhibitor-use-in-pregnant-women-pharmacogenetics-drug-drug-interactions-and-adverse-effects
#14
REVIEW
Asher Ornoy, Gideon Koren
Possible negative effects of selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) in pregnancy relate to congenital anomalies, negative perinatal events and neurodevelopmental outcome. Many studies are confounded by the underlying maternal disease and by pharmacogenetic and pharmacokinetic differences of these drugs. Areas covered: The possible interactions of SSRIs and serotonin and norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors with other drugs and the known effects of SSRIs on congenital anomalies, perinatal and neurodevelopmental outcome...
March 2018: Expert Opinion on Drug Metabolism & Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29341895/prenatal-paracetamol-exposure-and-child-neurodevelopment-a-review
#15
REVIEW
Ann Z Bauer, David Kriebel, Martha R Herbert, Carl-Gustaf Bornehag, Shanna H Swan
BACKGROUND: The non-prescription medication paracetamol (acetaminophen, APAP) is currently recommended as a safe pain and fever treatment during pregnancy. However, recent studies suggest a possible association between APAP use in pregnancy and offspring neurodevelopment. OBJECTIVES: To conduct a review of publications reporting associations between prenatal APAP use and offspring neurodevelopmental outcomes. METHODS: Relevant sources were identified through a key word search of multiple databases (Medline, CINAHL, OVID and TOXNET) in September 2016...
February 2, 2018: Hormones and Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29332605/antidepressant-use-during-pregnancy-and-risk-of-autism-spectrum-disorder-and-attention-deficit-hyperactivity-disorder-systematic-review-of-observational-studies-and-methodological-considerations
#16
Daniel R Morales, Jim Slattery, Stephen Evans, Xavier Kurz
BACKGROUND: Antidepressant exposure during pregnancy has been associated with an increased risk of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in several observational studies. We performed a systematic review of these studies to highlight the effect that important methodological limitations have on such analyses and to consider approaches to the conduct, reporting and interpretation of future studies. METHODS: A review of MEDLINE and EMBASE identified case-control, cohort and sibling studies assessing the risk of ASD and ADHD with antidepressant use during pregnancy...
January 15, 2018: BMC Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29325626/fragile-x-syndrome-and-fragile-x-associated-tremor-ataxia-syndrome
#17
Deborah A Hall, Elizabeth Berry-Kravis
Fragile X-associated disorders encompass several conditions, which are caused by expansion mutations in the fragile X mental retardation 1 (FMR1) gene. Fragile X syndrome is the most common inherited etiology of intellectual disability and results from a full mutation or >200 CGG repeats in FMR1. It is associated with developmental delay, autism spectrum disorder, and seizures. Fragile X-associated tremor/ataxia syndrome is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that occurs in premutation carriers of 55-200 CGG repeats in FMR1 and is characterized by kinetic tremor, gait ataxia, parkinsonism, executive dysfunction, and neuropathy...
2018: Handbook of Clinical Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29280230/high-prevalence-of-diabetes-mellitus-hypertension-and-obesity-among-persons-with-a-recorded-diagnosis-of-intellectual-disability-or-autism-spectrum-disorder
#18
E Flygare Wallén, G Ljunggren, A C Carlsson, D Pettersson, P Wändell
BACKGROUND: Obesity and lack of physical activity are frequently reported in persons with intellectual disability (ID) or autism spectrum disorder (ASD). We hypothesised a higher prevalence of diabetes and hypertension in this population. METHOD: We used administrative data for all primary and specialist outpatient and inpatient healthcare consultations for people with at least one recorded diagnosis of diabetes mellitus, hypertension or obesity from 1998 to 2015...
April 2018: Journal of Intellectual Disability Research: JIDR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29279889/association-of-folic-acid-supplementation-during-pregnancy-with-the-risk-of-autistic-traits-in-children-exposed-to-antiepileptic-drugs-in-utero
#19
Marte Bjørk, Bettina Riedel, Olav Spigset, Gyri Veiby, Eivind Kolstad, Anne Kjersti Daltveit, Nils Erik Gilhus
Importance: Strategies to prevent autism in children exposed to antiepileptic drugs (AEDs) during pregnancy are important. Objective: To explore whether folic acid supplementation and folate status in pregnancy are associated with reduced risk of autistic traits owing to in utero AED exposure. Design, Setting, and Participants: The population-based, prospective Norwegian Mother and Child Cohort Study approached Norwegian-speaking women attending routine ultrasonographic examinations from June 1999 through December 31, 2008 (163 844 of 277 702 women refused)...
February 1, 2018: JAMA Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29244797/association-between-maternal-hypothyroidism-and-autism-spectrum-disorders-in-the-children
#20
Darios Getahun, Steven J Jacobsen, Michael J Fassett, Deborah A Wing, Anny H Xiang, Vicki Chiu, Morgan R Peltier
OBJECTIVE: To determine if hypothyroidism is associated with ASD and how this association is influenced by race-ethnicity, sex, and timing of exposure. METHODS: A retrospective cohort study was conducted using records from 397201 children who were delivered from 1991-2011 and remained health plan members from 1993-2014. RESULTS: Children of hypothyroid women had higher ASD rates than children of women without the diagnosis (2.14 vs. 1.62/1000 person-years; and adjusted hazard ratios [adj...
December 15, 2017: Pediatric Research
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