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Paul Whiteley
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2% of UK 16-year olds with chronic fatigue [syndrome]?
" CFS  [ chronic fatigue syndrome ]  affected 1.9% of 16-year-olds in a UK birth cohort and was positively associated with higher family adversity. Gender was a risk factor at age 16 years but not at age 13 years or in 16-year-olds without high levels of de...
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Decreased brain levels of vitamin B12 in autism
I have to thank Dr Malav Trivedi for bringing my attention to some recent findings reported by Yiting Zhang and colleagues  (including Malav) [1] (open-access) suggesting that: " levels of vitamin B12 , especially its MeCbl  [ methylcobalamin ]  form, decre...
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Sleep as a target of antibiotic use in chronic fatigue syndrome?
" The primary finding from the study was evidence of an improvement in several objective sleep parameters in participants in whom the increased colonization of lactic acid producing organisms was resolved after antibiotic treatment. " Those were the words w...
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Establishing environmental exposures as risk factors for bipolar disorder: Difficult.
The findings reported by Ciro Marangoni and colleagues [1] made for some interesting reading recently and their systematic review of longitudinal studies looking at the various environmental exposures put forward as possible risk factors pertinent to the de...
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Risk of cancer in autism: probably not excessive as more data emerge
A quote to begin: " Taken together, there are no published evidence to suggest that there is a high overall concordance between ASD [autism spectrum disorders]  and cancer or between ASD and specific cancers. " Those words  reported by Svend Erik Mouridsen ...
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Autism in phenylketonuria (PKU)
" Autism has been reported in untreated patients with phenylketonuria . " Indeed it has, as the paper by Sameh Khemir and colleagues [1] revisits something of a long known about association whereby the archetypal inborn error of metabolism that is phenylket...
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Autism and the 'female camouflage effect'
Two papers provide some blogging fodder today. The first is from Agnieszka Rynkiewicz and colleagues [1] ( open-access available here ) who introduces a concept that many people with an interest in autism might have considered: a ' female camouflage effect ...
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"People with ASD had lower odds of employment in the community"
The title of this quite brief post refers to an important finding detailed by Derek Nord and colleagues [1] who, when analysing data from the " 2008–09 National Core Indicators Adult Consumer Survey ", concluded that there were some important inequalities w...
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Vitamin D supplementation and 'clinical improvement' in autism?
" Vitamin D deficiency might contribute to the aetiology of ASD  [autism spectrum disorder] . Supplementation of vitamin D3 , which is a safe and cost-effective form of treatment, may significantly improve the outcome of some children with ASD, especially y...
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Estimated autism rate in 2 regions of Poland
" The average prevalence of ASD  [autism spectrum disorder]  was 35/10 000 children and was about 4-fold higher in males. " I don't have too much to add to the findings reported by Karolina Skonieczna-Żydecka and colleagues [1] who estimated the prevalence ...
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On (pre)pregnancy obesity and inflammation and offspring autism risk
At the time of writing this [long read] post there has been a flurry of autism research articles making news. The headline: ' Scientists create the first ever autistic monkeys ' referring to the work published by Liu and colleagues [1] who reported on " len...
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Mortality and autism: comorbidity counts
I don't enjoy talking about mortality and autism on this blog but once again I'm drawn to discuss this important topic based on some recent findings published by Diana Schendel and colleagues [1]. I say these are important findings on the basis of how resea...
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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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