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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28439605/effectiveness-of-a-preparatory-aid-in-facilitating-oral-assessment-in-a-group-of-saudi-children-with-autism-spectrum-disorders-in-central-saudi-arabia
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Ebtissam Z Murshid
To evaluate the effectiveness of a specially-designed dental book (preparatory aid) on the behavior of a group of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) Saudi children during their first dental visit to the College of Dentistry, King Saud University, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Methods: A cross-sectional double-blinded pre-and post clinical study consisting of 2 parts; a survey targeting the parents, and a clinical oral examination of their ASD children was conducted between January and June of 2016.  Results: A total of 40 children (75% males and 25% females) with an average age of 6...
May 2017: Saudi Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429618/the-clinician-perspective-on-sex-differences-in-autism-spectrum-disorders
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Rene Jamison, Somer L Bishop, Marisela Huerta, Alycia K Halladay
Research studies using existing samples of individuals with autism spectrum disorders have identified differences in symptoms between males and females. Differences are typically reported in school age and adolescence, with similarities in symptom presentation at earlier ages. However, existing studies on sex differences are significantly limited, making it challenging to discern if, how, and at what point in development females with autism spectrum disorder actually exhibit a different behavioral presentation than males...
April 1, 2017: Autism: the International Journal of Research and Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28418479/associations-of-maternal-antidepressant-use-during-the-first-trimester-of-pregnancy-with-preterm-birth-small-for-gestational-age-autism-spectrum-disorder-and-attention-deficit-hyperactivity-disorder-in-offspring
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Ayesha C Sujan, Martin E Rickert, A Sara Öberg, Patrick D Quinn, Sonia Hernández-Díaz, Catarina Almqvist, Paul Lichtenstein, Henrik Larsson, Brian M D'Onofrio
Importance: Prenatal antidepressant exposure has been associated with adverse outcomes. Previous studies, however, may not have adequately accounted for confounding. Objective: To evaluate alternative hypotheses for associations between first-trimester antidepressant exposure and birth and neurodevelopmental problems. Design, Setting, and Participants: This retrospective cohort study included Swedish offspring born between 1996 and 2012 and followed up through 2013 or censored by death or emigration...
April 18, 2017: JAMA: the Journal of the American Medical Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28417276/assessing-asd-in-adolescent-females-with-anorexia-nervosa-using-clinical-and-developmental-measures-a-preliminary-investigation
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Heather Westwood, William Mandy, Mima Simic, Kate Tchanturia
The aim of this study was to use standardised, clinical assessment tools to explore the presence of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) symptoms in a sample of adolescent females with Anorexia Nervosa (AN), receiving either day-patient or inpatient treatment for their eating disorder and to determine whether any such symptoms were present during the early developmental period, a requirement for a diagnosis of ASD. Using a cross-sectional design, 40 females aged between 12 and 18 were recruited from inpatient and day-patient eating disorder services...
April 17, 2017: Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28411125/hypersociability-in-the-angelman-syndrome-mouse-model
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David C Stoppel, Matthew P Anderson
Deletions and reciprocal triplications of the human chromosomal 15q11-13 region cause two distinct neurodevelopmental disorders. Maternally-derived deletions or inactivating mutations of UBE3A, a 15q11-13 gene expressed exclusively from the maternal allele in neurons, cause Angelman syndrome, characterized by intellectual disability, motor deficits, seizures, and a characteristic increased social smiling, laughing, and eye contact. Conversely, maternally-derived triplications of 15q11-13 cause a behavioral disorder on the autism spectrum with clinical features that include decreased sociability that we recently reconstituted in mice with Ube3a alone...
April 11, 2017: Experimental Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28402749/mental-health-concerns-and-insurance-denials-among-transgender-adolescents
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Leena Nahata, Gwendolyn P Quinn, Nicole M Caltabellotta, Amy C Tishelman
PURPOSE: Transgender youth are at high risk for mental health morbidities. Based on treatment guidelines, puberty blockers and gender-affirming hormone therapy should be considered to alleviate distress due to discordance between an individual's assigned sex and gender identity. The goals of this study were to examine the: (1) prevalence of mental health diagnoses, self-injurious behaviors, and school victimization and (2) rates of insurance coverage for hormone therapy, among a cohort of transgender adolescents at a large pediatric gender program, to understand access to recommended therapy...
April 12, 2017: LGBT Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28401654/is-there-sexual-dimorphism-of-hyperserotonemia-in-autism-spectrum-disorder
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Lauren C Shuffrey, Stephen J Guter, Shannon Delaney, Suma Jacob, George M Anderson, James S Sutcliffe, Edwin H Cook, Jeremy Veenstra-VanderWeele
Approximately 30% of individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) have elevated whole blood serotonin (5-HT) levels. Genetic linkage and association studies of ASD and of whole blood 5-HT levels as a quantitative trait have revealed sexual dimorphism. Few studies have examined the presence of a sex difference on hyperserotonemia within ASD. To assess whether the rate of hyperserotonemia is different in males than in females with ASD, we measured whole blood 5-HT levels in 292 children and adolescents with ASD, the largest sample in which this biomarker has been assessed...
April 12, 2017: Autism Research: Official Journal of the International Society for Autism Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28398337/sex-differences-in-frontal-lobe-connectivity-in-adults-with-autism-spectrum-conditions
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E A Zeestraten, M C Gudbrandsen, E Daly, M T de Schotten, M Catani, F Dell'Acqua, M-C Lai, A N V Ruigrok, M V Lombardo, B Chakrabarti, S Baron-Cohen, C Ecker, D G M Murphy, M C Craig
Autism spectrum conditions (ASC) are more prevalent in males than females. The biological basis of this difference remains unclear. It has been postulated that one of the primary causes of ASC is a partial disconnection of the frontal lobe from higher-order association areas during development (that is, a frontal 'disconnection syndrome'). Therefore, in the current study we investigated whether frontal connectivity differs between males and females with ASC. We recruited 98 adults with a confirmed high-functioning ASC diagnosis (61 males: aged 18-41 years; 37 females: aged 18-37 years) and 115 neurotypical controls (61 males: aged 18-45 years; 54 females: aged 18-52 years)...
April 11, 2017: Translational Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28397802/the-connectomes-of-males-and-females-with-autism-spectrum-disorder-have-significantly-different-white-matter-connectivity-densities
#9
Andrei Irimia, Carinna M Torgerson, Zachary J Jacokes, John D Van Horn
Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) encompasses a set of neurodevelopmental conditions whose striking sex-related disparity (with an estimated male-to-female ratio of 4:1) remains unknown. Here we use magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and diffusion weighted imaging (DWI) to identify the brain structure correlates of the sex-by-ASD diagnosis interaction in a carefully selected cohort of 110 ASD patients (55 females) and 83 typically-developing (TD) subjects (40 females). The interaction was found to be predicated primarily upon white matter connectivity density innervating, bilaterally, the lateral aspect of the temporal lobe, the temporo-parieto-occipital junction and the medial parietal lobe...
April 11, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28389756/reducing-listening-related-stress-in-school-aged-children-with-autism-spectrum-disorder
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Gary Rance, Donella Chisari, Kerryn Saunders, Jean-Loup Rault
High levels of stress and anxiety are common in children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Within this study of school-aged children (20 male, 6 female) we hypothesised that functional hearing deficits (also pervasive in ASD) could be ameliorated by auditory interventions and that, as a consequence, stress levels would be reduced. The use of Ear-Level Remote Microphone devices and Classroom Amplification systems resulted in significantly improved listening, communication and social interaction and a reduction in physiologic stress levels (salivary cortisol) in both one-on-one and group listening situations...
April 7, 2017: Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28385052/perinatal-ssri-exposure-permanently-alters-cerebral-serotonin-receptor-mrna-in-mice-but-does-not-impact-adult-behaviors
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Lauritz R Meyer, Benjamin Dexter, Cecilia Lo, Elizabeth Kenkel, Takahito Hirai, Robert D Roghair, Sarah E Haskell
PURPOSE: Associations have been made between maternal selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI) use during pregnancy and altered behavior in offspring, including an increased risk of autism. Given the important role serotonin plays in behavior, we hypothesized SSRI exposure in the perinatal period would alter central serotonin receptor expression and program adult behaviors in mice. METHODS: Female mice were injected with sertraline or saline throughout pregnancy...
April 24, 2017: Journal of Maternal-fetal & Neonatal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28376324/social-attention-and-autism-symptoms-in-high-functioning-women-with-autism-spectrum-disorders
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Mieke P Ketelaars, Anne In't Velt, Audrey Mol, Hanna Swaab, Fenne Bodrij, Sophie van Rijn
BACKGROUND: Research has suggested a different, less visible, clinical manifestation of Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) in females. There is, however, limited research into possible underlying mechanisms explaining the female phenotype. AIMS: This study investigates social attention in females with ASD. METHODS AND PROCEDURES: 26 women diagnosed with ASD and 26 typical female controls were shown three video clips containing intense emotions...
April 1, 2017: Research in Developmental Disabilities
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28374929/age-related-differences-in-prevalence-of-autism-spectrum-disorder-symptoms-in-children-and-adolescents-with-costello-syndrome
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David D Schwartz, Jennifer M Katzenstein, Eric J Highley, Deborah L Stabley, Katia Sol-Church, Karen W Gripp, Marni E Axelrad
Dysregulation of the mitogen activated protein kinase (MAPK) pathway in Costello syndrome (CS) may contribute to increased risk for autism-spectrum disorder (ASD). We examined prevalence of ASD symptoms in 14 individuals (six females) age 1-18 years with molecularly confirmed CS. Caregivers completed the Modified Checklist for Autism in Toddlers (M-CHAT) for ages 0-4 years (n = 7), and the Social Communication Questionnaire (SCQ) for ages 4 and older (n = 7). Age was associated with meeting ASD criteria: 5/7 (71...
May 2017: American Journal of Medical Genetics. Part A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28373848/the-current-status-of-the-ketogenic-diet-in-psychiatry
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Emmanuelle C S Bostock, Kenneth C Kirkby, Bruce V M Taylor
BACKGROUND: The ketogenic diet (KD) has been used in treatment-resistant epilepsy since the 1920s. It has been researched in a variety of neurological conditions in both animal models and human trials. The aim of this review is to clarify the potential role of KD in psychiatry. METHODS: Narrative review of electronic databases PubMED, PsychINFO, and Scopus. RESULTS: The search yielded 15 studies that related the use of KD in mental disorders including anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, autism spectrum disorder (ASD), and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)...
2017: Frontiers in Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28371743/atypical-sensory-profiles-as-core-features-of-adult-adhd-irrespective-of-autistic-symptoms
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D Bijlenga, J Y M Tjon-Ka-Jie, F Schuijers, J J S Kooij
BACKGROUND: Abnormal sensory sensitivity is a feature of autism-spectrum disorder (ASD), but is also reported in attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). In many cases, ADHD and ASD are comorbid. This study investigated the prevalence of sensory hyper- and hyposensitivity among adults with ADHD, controlling for autistic symptoms. METHOD: One hundred and sixteen adults diagnosed with ADHD completed the Adolescent/Adult Sensory Profile-NL (AASP-NL) and the Autism-spectrum Quotient (AQ) questionnaires...
February 21, 2017: European Psychiatry: the Journal of the Association of European Psychiatrists
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28369850/an-mri-study-of-the-corpus-callosum-in-monkeys-developmental-trajectories-and-effects-of-neonatal-hippocampal-and-amygdala-lesions
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Christa Payne, Laetitia Cirilli, Jocelyne Bachevalier
This study provides the first characterization of early developmental trajectories of corpus callosum (CC) segments in rhesus macaques using noninvasive MRI techniques and assesses long-term effects of neonatal amygdala or hippocampal lesions on CC morphometry. In Experiment 1, 10 monkeys (5 males) were scanned at 1 week-2 years of age; eight additional infants (4 males) were scanned once at 1-4 weeks of age. The first 8 months showed marked growth across all segments, with sustained, albeit slower, growth through 24 months...
May 2017: Developmental Psychobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28367671/the-diagnosis-of-autism-and-autism-spectrum-disorder-in-low-and-middle-income-countries-experience-from-jamaica
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Maureen Samms-Vaughan, Mohammad H Rahbar, Aisha S Dickerson, Katherine A Loveland, Manouchehr Hessabi, Deborah A Pearson, Jan Bressler, Sydonnie Shakespeare-Pellington, Megan L Grove, Charlene Coore-Desai, Jody Reece, Eric Boerwinkle
The administration requirements of the Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule and the Autism Diagnostic Interview-Revised, widely used in high-income countries, make them less feasible for diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder in low- and middle-income countries. The flexible administration requirements of the Childhood Autism Rating Scale have resulted in its use in both high-income countries and low- and middle-income countries. This study examines the agreement between assessments using the Childhood Autism Rating Scale with those using the Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule or Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule, Second Edition and Autism Diagnostic Interview-Revised in Jamaica...
March 1, 2017: Autism: the International Journal of Research and Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28361913/multi-scale-radiomic-analysis-of-sub-cortical-regions-in-mri-related-to-autism-gender-and-age
#18
Ahmad Chaddad, Christian Desrosiers, Matthew Toews
We propose using multi-scale image textures to investigate links between neuroanatomical regions and clinical variables in MRI. Texture features are derived at multiple scales of resolution based on the Laplacian-of-Gaussian (LoG) filter. Three quantifier functions (Average, Standard Deviation and Entropy) are used to summarize texture statistics within standard, automatically segmented neuroanatomical regions. Significance tests are performed to identify regional texture differences between ASD vs. TDC and male vs...
March 31, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28353224/what-have-proteomic-studies-taught-us-about-novel-drug-targets-in-autism
#19
Paul C Guest, Daniel Martins-de-Souza
Autism spectrum disorders (ASDs) are a heterogeneous group of conditions with complex behavioural phenotypes. Although ASDs show a high rate of heritability, genetic research alone has not provided a complete understanding of the underlying causes. Recent developments using imaging techniques and proteomic-based molecular profiling approaches have now begun to generate new insights into the underlying pathways affected in both the brain and the periphery in individuals with these conditions. Of potential high importance is the constant finding of gender-specific biomarker profiles in ASD patients...
2017: Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28352513/reduction-of-rapid-eating-in-an-adolescent-female-with-autism
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Scott V Page, Kristin Griffith, Becky Penrod
Rapid eating, a potentially dangerous and socially inappropriate behavior, has received relatively little attention in the literature. This study sought to extend the research in this area by further evaluating the effectiveness of a vibrating pager combined with a rule for increasing inter-response time between bites in one adolescent female diagnosed with autism. Results indicated that inter-response time increased from baseline only after a vocal prompt to "wait" was introduced across clinic and home settings...
March 2017: Behavior Analysis in Practice
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