Monthly Research Review February 2016

The previous month has seen many more studies showing the benefits of supplements that parents are commonly using to supplement their ASD children. There are other studies showing the benefit of other supplements that are not commonly considered for ASD children.

Abnormal fatty acids in Canadian children with autism.More research showing deficiencies in beneficial omega-3 fatty acids in ASD children. Parents have been giving omega-3 oils to ADHD and ASD children for years. Yet the message is still slow to filter through to the general community.

Clinical improvement following vitamin D3 supplementation in Autism Spectrum Disorder.

Decreased Brain Levels of Vitamin B12 in Aging, Autism and Schizophrenia.

Low oxytocin and melatonin levels and their possible role in the diagnosis and prognosis in Iraqi autistic children.

Research is conclusively showing that ASD individuals have underlying health issues. In Australia, few health professionals bother to give ASD children a comprehensive medical evaluation. Sadly, they take less notice of parents concerns that their child may be in pain or have some other issue that may be causing a change in their child’s behaviour.

Gastrointestinal symptoms and behavioral problems in preschoolers with Autism Spectrum Disorder.Yet another study linking gastrointestinal (GI) issues with behavioural issues (“anxiety problems, somatic complaints, externalizing and total problems”) in ASD children. Parents need to take their ASD child’s GI symptoms seriously and have them treated properly.

Gut microbiota in autism and mood disorders. The evidence is conclusive that there is an ASD and gut microbiota connection. Hence why many parents are working so hard on their children’s diet to help create a balanced microbiota in their gut.

Otitis Media and Related Complications Among Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders.

Maladaptive Behavior and Gastrointestinal Disorders in Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder. This study only found significant gastrointestinal issues in severe maladaptive behaviour.

Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus in Youth Exposed to Antipsychotics: A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis. Full text.

Sleep and Behavioral Problems in Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Sleep problems were significantly associated with physical aggression, irritability, inattention, and hyperactivity.

An interesting study has appeared looking at gluten opioids in coeliac disease.

The opioid effects of gluten exorphins: asymptomatic celiac disease. The opioid theory in ASD is considered unsubstantiated. However, gluten exorphins have resurfaced as having a role in coeliac disease.

More studies are looking at the long-term outcome of ASD adults. The results of decades of mainstream treatment recommendations are clearly showing that it is failing these individuals and their families. The research is showing that autism is treatable. Mainstream doctors need to come on board and start putting research into practice.

A systematic review and meta-analysis of the long-term overall outcome of autism spectrum disorders in adolescence and adulthood. This study shows an estimated 19.7% of ASD adolescents and adults had a good long-term outcome, 31.1% a fair outcome, and 47.7% a poor outcome. Parents need to keep these statistics in mind. The orthodox medical advice given for over 20 years is a recipe for setting children up for long-term failure. Parents need to be proactive when children are younger and consider biomedical treatments at an early age.

Gender dysphoria and autism spectrum disorder: A narrative review.

Parent Perceptions of Care Received by Children With an Autism Spectrum Disorder.

Autism and Overcoming Job Barriers: Comparing Job-Related Barriers and Possible Solutions in and outside of Autism-Specific Employment.

Template to Perpetrate: An Update on Violence in Autism Spectrum Disorder.

An investigation of the ‘female camouflage effect’ in autism using a computerized ADOS-2 and a test of sex/gender differences.

For more research into ASD that your medical professional is not reading. Just follow the link to my Autism page, and scroll down to Current Research – Selected research articles of interest.

Be informed, NOT misinformed!