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New evidence linking brain mutation to autism, epilepsy and other neuro disorders

New evidence linking brain mutation to autism, epilepsy and other neuro disorders

Published: Wednesday, July 15, 2015 – 14:04 in Health & Medicine

Findings, published today [15 Jul] in Nature Communications, reveal the extent a mutation associated with autism and epilepsy plays in impairing a biochemical process in the brain. The study, led by University of Bristol researchers, could provide a new target for treating neurological disorders. The brain contains billions of nerve cells which communicate via the release of chemicals at connections called synapses. Each nerve cell can have thousands of synaptic connections to hundreds of other nerve cells. The protein Synapsin 1a plays a key role in regulating how synapses operate by regulating the amount of chemical transmission

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Review examines nutritional issues related to autism spectrum disorder

Review examines nutritional issues related to autism spectrum disorder

Date: July 15, 2015
Source: American Society for Nutrition
There is consensus that children with autism have selective eating patterns, food neophobia, limited food repertoire, and sensory issues. Researchers now report that there are inconsistent results about the extent and type of nutrient deficiencies.
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Feds: Most States Failing To Meet Special Ed Obligations

Feds: Most States Failing To Meet Special Ed Obligations


Federal officials indicate that less than half of states are meeting their obligations under special education law.

The U.S. Department of Education says that just 19 states qualified for the “meets requirements” designation for the 2013-2014 school year. The rest of states were classified as “needs assistance” or “needs intervention.”

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Connection between Autism and in-utero Inflammation?

New theories on autism look at inflammation in the womb

Fevers reduce autism symptomology?

Grant given to study fever and autism connection

By Bailey Moser

The National Institutes of Health’s Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute for Child Health and Human Development granted $900,000 to IU to fund one of the first basic science investigations into potential connections between fever and the relief of some symptoms of autism, according to an IU press ?release.

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Caution is needed when pursuing supplements or dietary restrictions. Read more:

‘Autism Diets’ Do Not Provide Children With Adequate Supplementation, Can Lead To Overuse

Gluten-free and casein-free (GFCF) diets, also known as “autism diets,” have been heralded as reliable treatment options for Autism Spectrum Disorder (AUS) by some therapists, but scientific evidence has been lacking. A recent study published in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics has found that using dietary supplementation to treat children with autism is not only ineffective, but it could also lead to both insufficient nutrients and excessive nutrients.

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Autism and apraxia are often closely connected:

Autism and rare childhood speech disorder often coincide


Some children with autism should undergo ongoing screenings for apraxia, a rare neurological speech disorder, because the two conditions often go hand-in-hand, according to Penn State College of Medicine researchers.

Over the course of a three-year study, 64 percent of children initially diagnosed with autism were found to also have apraxia. The study also showed that the commonly used Checklist for Autism Spectrum Disorder (CASD) accurately diagnoses autism in children with apraxia.

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