Autistic Children Show Underdeveloped Range & Volume of Gut Bacteria

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As small study from the journal Gut sheds light on the bacterial composition of the gut in autistic children. Researchers say the gut bacteria is distinctive and underdeveloped, but is not related to their diet. The research found these children have significantly fewer bacteria linked to neurotransmitter activity and 5Read …

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DHA Supplement May Offset Damaging Outcomes of Maternal Stress on Unborn Males in Early Development

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Neurodevelopmental disorders like autism and schizophrenia disproportionately affect males and are directly linked to early life adversity caused by maternal stress and other factors, which might be impacted by nutrition. But the underlying reasons for these male-specific impacts are not well understood. Researchers from the University of Missouri School ofRead …

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Aluminum and Autism: Is There a Link?

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The following is an excerpted version of a 2018 study from the Journal of Trace Elements in Medicine and Biology on human exposure to aluminum and autism. We encourage you to click through to the full text study at the end of this summary for the complete results. This studyRead …

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Prenatal Vitamin Intake May Reduce Autism Recurrence Risk in Siblings

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Maternal use of folic acid supplements has been inconsistently associated with reduced risk for autism spectrum disorder (ASD) in the child. This study, published in JAMA Psychiatry, examined whether prenatal vitamin use by mothers was associated with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) recurrence in high-risk families. This prospective cohort study analyzed dataRead …

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Microbiota-Mediated Regulation of the Immune System in a Prenatal Immune Activation Model of Autism

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In what is being described as cutting-edge research, published in the Journal of Immunology, scientists from the University of Virginia School of Medicine suggest that a mother’s microbiome during pregnancy plays a critical role in determining the child’s risk of developing autism-spectrum disorders. The study raises the possibility that autismRead …

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Omegas and Autism: 3 Studies Show Promise for Some Spectrum Disorder Symptoms

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As parents and pediatricians struggle to find effective therapies for children with autistic spectrum disorders, researchers are honing in on the mechanisms of Omega fatty acids in brain development for this complex systemic condition. We’ve collected some recent studies on Omegas and autism that show promise.

Omega-3 Polyunsaturated Fatty Acid Deficiencies & Potential Mechanisms in ADHD

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In this study, published in Neuropsychopharmacology, researchers concluded that there is strong evidence supporting a role for n3-PUFAs deficiency in ADHD, and for advocating n-3 PUFAs supplementation as a clinically relevant intervention in this group, especially if guided by a biomarker-based personalization approach.