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Paul Whiteley
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The developmental correlates of asthma (again)
Can I just get it out of the way? May the 4th be with you . OK. The results from Mark Strom & Jonathan Silverberg [1] caught my eye recently and further evidence of a 'correlation' between asthma and developmental and/or behavioural outcomes. This time arou...
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On defining chronic fatigue syndrome / myalgic encephalomyelitis (CFS/ME)
Most people who know a little bit about chronic fatigue syndrome / myalgic encephalomyelitis (CFS/ME)  will probably understand the potential importance of the findings reported by Leonard Jason and colleagues [1] ( open-access available here ). Suggesting ...
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Organophosphate exposure and ADHD?
" Children with higher urinary DMP  [ dimethylphosphate ]  concentrations may have a twofold to threefold increased risk of being diagnosed with ADHD [ attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder ] . " So said the results presented in the paper by Yu and colle...
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The A Word: the science behind...
The A Word I'm not typically inclined to talk about TV programmes on this blog ( well, not usually ) but today I'm making an exception based on the conclusion of the BBC drama series ' The A Word ' last evening. For those who might not know, this [fictional...
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Parenting a child with autism or ADHD: what the science says...
I'm talking about parenting again today. Two papers are served up for your reading interest today, providing an important 'science-based' perspective on the general experience of parenting a child who is also diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD)...
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Developmental regression in autism affects screening results
In today's short post I'd like to bring the findings reported by Lotta Höglund Carlsson and colleagues [1] to your attention and a reminder that developmental regression accompanying autism onset is an important feature for quite a few people. With the aim ...
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Machine learning applied to autism screening going big time?
Machine learning, when machines, er.. learn , is of growing interest to the autism research field. The names Wall and Duda have filled quite a few posts on this blog ( see here and see here for example) on this topic and their suggesting that applying machi...
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The 'anti-neuroinflammatory activity' of oxytocin
Whilst the package inserts of the various drugs that modern medicine has at its disposal provides important information on potential mode of action, there is a growing realisation that drugs generally have quite a few more molecular targets than are perhaps...
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What parents of children with autism expect from their child's therapists
" Parents ultimately wanted therapists to produce positive outcomes for their children and were willing to sacrifice other desired qualities, as long as the therapy program was effective. " and " The SLPs  [ Speech-Language Pathologists ]  expressed strong ...
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Bacterial origin and transferability of depression?
The  paper by Zheng and colleagues [1] caught my eye recently and the interesting ideas that " dysbiosis of the gut microbiome may have a causal role in the development of depressive-like behaviors " and " transplantation of GF  [germ-free]  mice with ‘depr...
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Parents on the autism spectrum and 'parenting efficacy'
There are some aspects of the autism research landscape that make for uncomfortable reading. I've covered a few of them on this blog ( see here and see here for example) simply because of my belief that science should not be afraid to ask about and try and ...
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The inter-pregnancy interval and risk of autism reviewed
" Short IPIs  [interpregnancy intervals]  are associated with a significantly increased risk of ASD  [autism spectrum disorder] . Long IPIs also appear to increase the risk of ASD . So said the results of the systematic review undertaken by Agustín Conde-Ag...
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Research (Autism and related developmental conditions)
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  • ESPA Research
    Director, 2009 - present
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Autism research, research blogging and tweeting and health science stuff
Introduction
I have been involved in autism research for more years than I care to remember. My Questioning Answers blog (http://questioning-answers.blogspot.com/) is a place to describe and discuss various research into autism spectrum and related conditions. My Gutness Gracious Me blog (http://gutness-gracious-me.blogspot.com/) is for discussions on various gastrointestinal research. I make no recommendations, I am not giving any medical advice, I am not formulating any specific opinions and do not want to get into any ethical, political or religious debates. I am not trying to change anyone's opinions, views, beliefs or anything else. These are purely blogs about science and research in autism and a few other interesting things. Any posts I make are my own opinions and not reflective of any organisation I am affiliated to. Keep in mind that science deals with probabilities not absolutes.
If you're really interested in some of my bragging rights, you could have a look at my book... http://www.amazon.co.uk/Autism-Exploring-Casein-Free-practical-professionals/dp/0415727634/
Bragging rights
Not many but have done the odd study suggesting that a GFCF diet might be useful for some people on the autism spectrum. Oh and contributed to a book on the topic of GFCF diets and autism...
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  • University of Sunderland
    Psychology, 1992 - 1995
  • University of Sunderland
    M.Phil, 1996 - 1999
  • University of Sunderland
    Ph.D, 2000 - 2006
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