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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28075089/autism-spectrum-disorder-primary-care-principles
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Kristian E Sanchack, Craig A Thomas
Autism spectrum disorder is characterized by difficulty with social communication and restricted, repetitive patterns of behavior, interest, or activities. The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, 5th ed., created an umbrella diagnosis that includes several previously separate conditions: autistic disorder, Asperger syndrome, childhood disintegrative disorder, and pervasive developmental disorder not otherwise specified. There is insufficient evidence to recommend screening for autism spectrum disorder in children 18 to 30 months of age in whom the disorder is not suspected; however, there is a growing body of evidence that early intensive behavioral intervention based on applied behavior analysis improves cognitive ability, language, and adaptive skills...
December 15, 2016: American Family Physician
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28060873/assessment-of-anterior-cingulate-cortex-acc-and-left-cerebellar-metabolism-in-asperger-s-syndrome-with-proton-magnetic-resonance-spectroscopy-mrs
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Aya Goji, Hiromichi Ito, Kenji Mori, Masafumi Harada, Sonoka Hisaoka, Yoshihiro Toda, Tatsuo Mori, Yoko Abe, Masahito Miyazaki, Shoji Kagami
PURPOSE: Proton magnetic resonance spectroscopy (1H MRS) is a noninvasive neuroimaging method to quantify biochemical metabolites in vivo and it can serve as a powerful tool to monitor neurobiochemical profiles in the brain. Asperger's syndrome (AS) is a type of autism spectrum disorder, which is characterized by impaired social skills and restrictive, repetitive patterns of interest and activities, while intellectual levels and language skills are relatively preserved. Despite clinical aspects have been well-characterized, neurometabolic profiling in the brain of AS remains to be clear...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28051218/parental-satisfaction-of-an-assessment-unit-for-autistic-spectrum-disorders
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Arwa Ben Amor, Soumeyya Halayem, Maissa Touati, Ahlem Belhadj, Riadh Gouider, Ridha Mrad, Asma Bouden
Background - Based on the recognized principles of assessment of autistic disorders, the child and adolescent psychiatry department in Razi Hospital developed an assessment unit with diagnostic as well as therapeutic roles. The aim of this work was to examine its functioning and to analyze the parents' perceptions about the unit services. Methods - We gathered the parental satisfaction about the unit by the means of a hetero-questionnaire. Results - Fifty-two parents of children evaluated within the unit were included...
June 2016: La Tunisie Médicale
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28025692/age-related-differences-in-inhibitory-control-and-memory-updating-in-boys-with-asperger-syndrome
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Elisabeth M Weiss, Bianca Gschaidbauer, Liane Kaufmann, Andreas Fink, Günter Schulter, Erich Mittenecker, Ilona Papousek
Deficits in specific executive domains are highly prevalent in autism spectrum disorder; however, age-related improvements in executive functions (reflecting prefrontal maturational changes) have been reported even in individuals diagnosed with autism. The current study examined two components of cognitive flexibility (inhibition of prepotent responses and memory monitoring/updating) by using a random-motor-generation task (MPT) in a group of 23 boys with Asperger syndrome (AS) and 23 matched healthy controls...
December 26, 2016: European Archives of Psychiatry and Clinical Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28013245/european-studies-on-prevalence-and-risk-of-autism-spectrum-disorders-according-to-immigrant-status-a-review
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Rafał Kawa, Evald Saemundsen, Sigrídur Lóa Jónsdóttir, Annika Hellendoorn, Sanne Lemcke, Ricardo Canal-Bedia, Patricia García-Primo, Irma Moilanen
BACKGROUND: Autism spectrum disorders (ASDs), once considered to be rare, are now reaching prevalence estimates of 1% and higher. Studies conducted in North America indicate large racial/ethnic disparities in the diagnosis of ASDs. Others show, that immigrant children have similar prevalence rates of ASDs as native children, although they are diagnosed later compared with native children. In relation to a EU funded network action, Enhancing the Scientific Study of Early Autism, it was considered important to review the literature on this subject...
December 24, 2016: European Journal of Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28005233/the-occupational-transition-process-to-upper-secondary-school-further-education-and-or-work-in-sweden-as-described-by-young-adults-with-asperger-syndrome-and-attention-deficit-hyperactivity-disorder
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Vedrana Bolic Baric, Helena Hemmingsson, Kristina Hellberg, Anette Kjellberg
The aim was to describe the occupational transition process to upper secondary school, further education and/or work, and to discover what support influences the process from the perspectives of young adults with Asperger syndrome or attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder. This qualitative study was performed in Sweden and comprised interviews with 15 young adults recruited from community based day centres. Support influencing the process included: occupational transition preparation in compulsory school, practical work experience in a safe environment, and support beyond the workplace...
December 22, 2016: Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27990657/interpersonal-emotion-regulation-in-asperger-s-syndrome-and-borderline-personality-disorder
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Belén López-Pérez, Tamara Ambrona, Michaela Gummerum
OBJECTIVES: Interpersonal emotion regulation (ER) plays a significant role in how individuals meet others' emotional needs and shape social interactions, as it is key to initiating and maintaining high-quality social relationships. Given that individuals with borderline personality disorder (BPD) or Asperger's syndrome (AS) exhibit problems in social interactions, the aim of this study was to examine their use of different interpersonal ER strategies compared to normative control participants...
December 19, 2016: British Journal of Clinical Psychology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27977468/a-case-of-asperger-syndrome-with-comorbidity-of-posttraumatic-stress-disorder-and-selective-mutism-significant-remission-with-the-combination-of-aripiprazole-and-eye-movement-desensitization-and-reprocessing
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Melis Ipci, Sevim Berrin Inci, Ülkü Akyol Ardiç, Eyup Sabri Ercan
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
February 2017: Journal of Clinical Psychopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27822381/clinical-pearls-how-my-patients-taught-me-the-fainting-lark-symptom
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A Kuiper, M E van Egmond, M P M Harms, M D Oosterhoff, B van Harten, D A Sival, T J de Koning, M A J Tijssen
BACKGROUND: Compulsive movements, complex tics and stereotypies are frequent, especially among patients with autism or psychomotor retardation. These movements can be difficult to characterize and can mimic other conditions like epileptic seizures or paroxysmal dystonia, particularly when abnormal breathing and cerebral hypoxia are induced. CASE PRESENTATION: We describe an 18-year-old patient with Asperger syndrome who presented with attacks of tonic posturing of the trunk and neck...
2016: Journal of Clinical Movement Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27812341/from-high-intellectual-potential-to-asperger-syndrome-evidence-for-differences-and-a-fundamental-overlap-a-systematic-review
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REVIEW
Aurélie Boschi, Pascale Planche, Cherhazad Hemimou, Caroline Demily, Laurence Vaivre-Douret
Background: An increasing number of clinicians point to similar clinical features between some children with High Intellectual Potential (HIP or "Giftedness" = Total IQ > 2 SD), and children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) without intellectual or language delay, formerly diagnosed with Asperger Syndrome. Some of these common features are social interaction impairments, special interests, and in some cases high-verbal abilities. The aim of this article is to determine whether these similarities exist at more fundamental levels, other than clinical, and to explore the literature in order to provide empirical support for an overlap between ASD and HIP...
2016: Frontiers in Psychology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27730473/cytokine-profile-in-autism-spectrum-disorders-in-children
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Vesna Bryn, Hans Christian Dalsbotten Aass, Ola H Skjeldal, Jørn Isaksen, Ola Didrik Saugstad, Heidi Ormstad
The pathogenesis of autism spectrum disorders (ASD) is not completely understood, but there is evidence of associations with altered immune responses. The aim of this study was to determine the serum levels of various cytokines in children with ASD and in healthy controls, in order to determine their role in ASD and its diagnostic subgroups. Sixty-five ASD patients were enrolled from an epidemiological survey in Norway, of which 30 were diagnosed with childhood autism, 16 with Asperger syndrome, 12 with atypical autism, 1 with Rett syndrome, and 6 with another ASD diagnosis...
January 2017: Journal of Molecular Neuroscience: MN
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27703778/asperger-syndrome-in-childhood-personality-dimensions-in-adult-life-temperament-character-and-outcome-trajectories
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Adam Helles, Märta Wallinius, I Carina Gillberg, Christopher Gillberg, Eva Billstedt
BACKGROUND: Temperament and character have been shown to be important factors in understanding psychiatric and neurodevelopmental disorder. Adults with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) have repeatedly been shown to have a distinct temperament and character, but this has not been evaluated in relation to psychiatric comorbidity and ASD diagnostic stability. AIMS: To examine temperament and character in males that were diagnosed with ASD in childhood and followed prospectively over almost two decades...
May 2016: BJPsych Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27703772/the-people-with-asperger-syndrome-and-anxiety-disorders-passa-trial-a-pilot-multicentre-single-blind-randomised-trial-of-group-cognitive-behavioural-therapy
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Peter E Langdon, Glynis H Murphy, Lee Shepstone, Edward C F Wilson, David Fowler, David Heavens, Aida Malovic, Alexandra Russell, Alice Rose, Louise Mullineaux
BACKGROUND: There is a growing interest in using cognitive-behavioural therapy (CBT) with people who have Asperger syndrome and comorbid mental health problems. AIMS: To examine whether modified group CBT for clinically significant anxiety in an Asperger syndrome population is feasible and likely to be efficacious. METHOD: Using a randomised assessor-blind trial, 52 individuals with Asperger syndrome were randomised into a treatment arm or a waiting-list control arm...
March 2016: BJPsych Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27563293/autism-and-classical-eyeblink-conditioning-performance-changes-of-the-conditioned-response-related-to-autism-spectrum-disorder-diagnosis
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John P Welsh, Jeffrey T Oristaglio
Changes in the timing performance of conditioned responses (CRs) acquired during trace and delay eyeblink conditioning (EBC) are presented for diagnostic subgroups of children having autism spectrum disorder (ASD) aged 6-15 years. Children diagnosed with autistic disorder (AD) were analyzed separately from children diagnosed with either Asperger's syndrome or Pervasive developmental disorder (Asp/PDD) not otherwise specified and compared to an age- and IQ-matched group of children who were typically developing (TD)...
2016: Frontiers in Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27556112/impaired-social-cognition-processes-in-asperger-syndrome-and-anorexia-nervosa-in-search-for-endophenotypes-of-social-cognition
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REVIEW
Beata Joanna Kasperek-Zimowska, Janusz Grzegorz Zimowski, Katarzyna Biernacka, Katarzyna Kucharska-Pietura, Filip Rybakowski
A growing number of publications indicates presence of significant deficits in social cognition in patients with anorexia nervosa (AN). These deficits appear to be comparable in qualitative and quantitative dimension with impairment of the same functions among people with Asperger syndrome (AS). The aim of this study is to identify subject areas in the field of impairment of social cognition processes among people with Asperger syndrome and anorexia nervosa taking into consideration the potential contribution of genetic pathways of oxytocin and vasopressin in the pathogenesis of these diseases...
2016: Psychiatria Polska
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27500602/conscious-and-non-conscious-representations-of-emotional-faces-in-asperger-s-syndrome
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Vincent S C Chien, Arthur C Tsai, Han Hsuan Yang, Yi-Li Tseng, Alexander N Savostyanov, Michelle Liou
Several neuroimaging studies have suggested that the low spatial frequency content in an emotional face mainly activates the amygdala, pulvinar, and superior colliculus especially with fearful faces(1-3). These regions constitute the limbic structure in non-conscious perception of emotions and modulate cortical activity either directly or indirectly(2). In contrast, the conscious representation of emotions is more pronounced in the anterior cingulate, prefrontal cortex, and somatosensory cortex for directing voluntary attention to details in faces(3,4)...
2016: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27399225/segmental-hair-testing-to-disclose-chronic-exposure-to-psychoactive-drugs
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Emilia Marchei, Ilaria Palmi, Simona Pichini, Roberta Pacifici, Ileana-Rita Anton Airaldi, Juan Antonio Costa Orvay, Joan García Serra, Bartolomé Bonet Serra, Óscar García-Algar
This study presents the case of a 4-year-old healthy child admitted to the paediatric ward for suspected accidental intoxication due to ingestion of narcoleptic drugs (methylphenidate, sertraline and quetiapine), taken on a regular basis by his 8-year-old brother affected by Asperger syndrome.Intoxication can be objectively assessed by measurements of drugs and metabolites in biological matrices with short-term (blood and urine) or long-term (hair) detection windows. At the hospital, the child's blood and urine were analysed by immunoassay (confirmed by liquid chromatography-mass spectrometry), and sertraline and quetiapine and their metabolites were identified...
June 15, 2016: Adicciones
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27374252/the-capacity-to-tell-a-joke-reflections-from-work-with-asperger-children
#18
Lawrence J Brown
The capacity to tell a joke is a highly complex interpersonal event that depends upon the maturation of certain developmental achievements which are absent or stunted in children with Asperger's Syndrome. These include the ability to know another's mind, a sense of interpersonal timing and, most notably, a capacity for abstract thinking. The author discusses Freud's () notion of joke-work, which is akin to dream-work, both of which are pathways to forming mental representations. Freud considered joke-work as a mental activity that operated on the verbal level and the author examines the preverbal dimensions that are rooted in the earliest mother/infant interactions...
December 2016: International Journal of Psycho-analysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27319749/factors-related-to-care-burden-among-parents-of-adults-with-developmental-disabilities
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Hiroko Honda, Emiko Saito
Purpose To clarify the care burden and associated factors among parents of adults with developmental disabilities in order to obtain suggestions for the family supports.Methods Subjects included 125 parents of adults (aged 18 or older) with developmental disabilities. All parents belonged to and/or contacted parents' associations, mental health welfare centers, and support centers for persons with developmental disabilities in the Tokyo metropolitan area. Participants completed self-report questionnaire surveys from October to November 2011...
2016: [Nihon Kōshū Eisei Zasshi] Japanese Journal of Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27242478/reduced-volume-of-the-arcuate-fasciculus-in-adults-with-high-functioning-autism-spectrum-conditions
#20
Rachel L Moseley, Marta M Correia, Simon Baron-Cohen, Yury Shtyrov, Friedemann Pulvermüller, Bettina Mohr
Atypical language is a fundamental feature of autism spectrum conditions (ASC), but few studies have examined the structural integrity of the arcuate fasciculus, the major white matter tract connecting frontal and temporal language regions, which is usually implicated as the main transfer route used in processing linguistic information by the brain. Abnormalities in the arcuate have been reported in young children with ASC, mostly in low-functioning or non-verbal individuals, but little is known regarding the structural properties of the arcuate in adults with ASC or, in particular, in individuals with ASC who have intact language, such as those with high-functioning autism or Asperger syndrome...
2016: Frontiers in Human Neuroscience
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