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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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Neuropsychiatric disorder onset "temporally related to prior vaccinations"?
" Given the modest magnitude of these findings in contrast to the clear public health benefits of the timely administration of vaccines in preventing mortality and morbidity in childhood infectious diseases, we encourage families to maintain vaccination sch...

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Catatonic symptoms and autism
" Catatonic symptoms are more prevalent in young people with autism than previously thought " said the article recently published by Breen and Hare [1]. Continuing a research theme of at least one of the authors [2], the idea that catatonic symptoms - prima...

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Social interaction and autism: it takes two to tango
Psychology experiments are not generally fodder for this blog when it comes to autism. The main reason being that quite a few appearing in the peer-reviewed literature tend to look at quite abstract features perhaps somewhat removed from the daily lives of ...

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Vitamin D halting colds and flu?
" Overall, the study said one person would be spared infection for every 33 taking vitamin D supplements. That is more effective than flu vaccination, which needs to treat 40 to prevent one case , although flu is far more serious than the common cold. " Tha...

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"early medical events are associated with clinical ASD phenotypes"
The paper by Charlotte Willfors and colleagues [1] (open-access) provides some food for thought today and the observation that various individual and cumulative medical events - " early medical events likely to be caused by environmental factors " - may be ...

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"Androgens were not associated with autistic traits at 12 months of age"
EARLI - the  Early Autism Risk Longitudinal Investigation study - has been mentioned on this blog before ( see here ) with the aim of the initiative to " examine possible environmental risk factors for autism and study whether there is any interplay between...

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Relative age and ADHD medication
" Youngest children in class 'more likely to be given ADHD  drugs' " went the NHS Choices headline that led me to the short report produced by Martin Whitely and colleagues [1] (open-access). ADHD - attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder - is something of...

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Depression, SMILES and Modified Mediterranean diet (advice)
SMILES in the title of this post refers to the SMILES trial - Supporting the Modification of lifestyle In Lowered Emotional States - and results recently published by Felice Jacka and colleagues [1] (open-access) pertinent to the idea that " dietary improve...

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Pregnancy exposure to SSRIs and offspring autism risk: debate continues
" It remains unclear whether the association between first trimester SSRI [ selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor ]  exposure and child autism that was present in the case-control studies even after adjustment for MMI [maternal mental illness]  is a true a...

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A few-foods diet for ADHD: a systematic review of meta-analyses of double-blind, placebo-controlled trials
"...  the effect sizes of a few-foods diet are medium to large, justifying implementation of a diagnostic FFD  [few-foods diet]  in subgroups of children with ADHD  [ attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder ] , thus offering innovative treatment opportunit...
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