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Paul Whiteley
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Attended University of Sunderland
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ALSPAC says maybe to link between prenatal paracetamol exposure and childhood behavioural difficulties
ALSPAC - the Avon Longitudinal Study of Parents and Children - continues to give in research terms as today I approach the findings reported by Evie Stergiakouli and colleagues [1]. They observed that: " Children exposed to  acetaminophen  [paracetamol]  pr...
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"Theory of mind is not theory of emotion"
A rather interesting paper by Beth Oakley and colleagues [1] (open-access might be available here ) appeared recently providing a " cautionary note on the Reading the Mind in the Eyes Test " [2], one of the premier assessments thought to offer a performance...
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Childhood inflammation and hypomanic symptoms in young adulthood?
" Higher levels of systemic inflammatory marker IL-6 in childhood were associated with hypomanic symptoms in young adulthood, suggesting that inflammation may play a role in the pathophysiology of mania. " That was the conclusion reached by Joseph Hayes and...
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76% of youths with autism meet ADHD diagnostic criteria? No, more like 59%
" In a population of children diagnosed with ASD  [autism spectrum disorder] , the rate of ADHD  [ attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder ]  + ASD was 42% and the rate of ADHD + ASD + ID  [ intellectual disability ]  was 17%, resulting in a 59% total como...
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Offending behaviour and ADHD
" Although some associations between ADHD  [ attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder ]  and offending may be accounted for by co-morbidity with substance use disorders , early onset of offending and repeated violent offending appear to be directly related ...
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Anti-psychotics for non-psychotic issues
A bit of a lazy post for you today with lots of quotes based on the findings reported by Ragnar Nesvåg and colleague s [1] asking some important questions about ' off-label ' use of antipsychotics . Drawing on population-based data from Norway concerning " ...
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Autism and/or ADHD in Down's syndrome
" High rates of ASD  [autism spectrum disorder]  and ADHD [attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder]  were found: 17 (42%) and 14 (34%) of the 41 children met DSM criteria for ASD and ADHD respectively. " That was the conclusion reached in the study by Ulri...
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Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) and risk of psychiatric disorder
" Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is an endocrine disorder affecting 5-15% of reproductive-aged women and characterized by high levels of circulating androgens . " OK, go on. " Women with PCOS had higher risks for a range of psychiatric disorders not shown...
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Mercury and autism: where the science currently stands
Yes, I know that on the 'hot potato' scale, to talk about mercury and autism still moves the needle up to somewhere approaching furnace level for some people  despite discussions on this heavy metal still figuring in several quarters . This is however a blo...
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Group A Streptococcal infections and paediatric neuropsychiatric disorders: Taiwan style
There they go again. Taiwan and their 'big data' publishing, yet again, some rather interesting population-based research trends derived from data from the  National Health Insurance Research Database (NHIRD) . This time around it is the paper by Han-Cheng ...
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Inflammation is part of Gulf War Syndrome
Although mostly trying to avoid any politics-talk on this blog I am going to make some reference to it in this post set in the context of  the Persian Gulf War otherwise known at the First Iraq War . The recent publication of the Chilcot report  describing ...
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Induced labour and autism (again)
" In this nationwide sample of live births we observed no association between induction of labor and offspring ASD  [autism spectrum disorder]  within sibling comparison. Our findings suggest that concern for ASD should not factor into the clinical decision...
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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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