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Paul Whiteley
Autism research, research blogging and tweeting and health science stuff
Autism research, research blogging and tweeting and health science stuff

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Low dose suramin and autism: a small RCT with potentially big results
'Low dose' has been a feature of my autism research reading this week; first starting with the results from Dan Quintana and colleagues [1] talking about some important effects following intranasal delivery of low dose oxytocin and then moving on to the pri...

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On ADHD medication and motor vehicle crashes
" Among patients with ADHD  [ attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder ] , rates of MVCs  [motor vehicle crashes]  were lower during periods when they received ADHD medication. " That was the research bottom-line discussed by Zheng Chang and colleagues [1] ...

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Blood heavy metal levels and autism (yet again)
" Data showed that the children with ASD  [autism spectrum disorder]  had significantly (p < 0.001) higher levels of mercury and arsenic and a lower level of cadmium . " And... " It is desirable to continue future research into the relationship between ASD ...

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Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) as a risk factor for bipolar disorder
" Only irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) emerged as a risk factor for BD  [ bipolar disorder ]  supported by convincing evidence. " So said the results of the umbrella review of systematic reviews and meta-analyses by Beatrice Bortolato and colleagues [1] look...

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"there is no single way for a brain to be normal" (or how 'neurotypical' is a nonsense)
I'm not usually so forthright with my posts on this blog, but today I'm being a little more bullish as I talk about an editorial from Simon Baron-Cohen [1] titled: " Neurodiversity – a revolutionary concept for autism and psychiatry. " The crux of the SBC p...

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"a gluten-related subgroup of schizophrenia"?
A quote to begin this post: " this preliminary study demonstrates that altered AGDA  [antibodies against gliadin-derived antigen]  levels in the circulation are associated with schizophrenia and could serve as biomarkers for the identification of a schizoph...

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Gastrin-releasing peptide and autism continued
Yet another 'continued' or 'part 2' short post for you today, building on some previous - very preliminary research - talking about the use of gastrin-releasing peptide (GRP) and autism ( see here ). The authors included on the paper by Josemar Marchezan an...

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Injury risk and ADHD: part 2
Consider this short post a sort of follow-on to a previous entry on this blog concerning the elevated risk of injury following a diagnosis of attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) . The paper in question today is that by Wu-Chien Chien and colleag...

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On vaccinated and un-vaccinated homeschooled children: the disappearing-reappearing-disappearing-reappearing studies
I originally began writing this post in the last week of November 2016 following first sight of the study abstract by Anthony Mawson and colleagues [1] and their journey into a topic that has had its fair share of discussion/argument* (*delete as appropriat...

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EEG abnormalities and "high functioning" autism
I'm not a great fan of the term 'functioning' when it comes to autism ( see here ) hence the quote marks around high-functioning in the title of this post. Yes, I understand the message that it's trying to convey and that we don't have viable alternatives a...
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