What if you could detect #autism risk at birth?

By Gita Gupta What if autism could be detected as early as birth, using biomarkers –  rather than at age 2-5 years, using behavioral characteristics? That’s what Dr. Naviaux’s new study aims to find out, using data from the newborn screening program. (You may recall Dr. Naviaux’s groundbreaking work on Suramin in autism – see…

A 100 year old drug improves core symptoms of #autism

By Gita Gupta There are currently no medical treatments approved by the FDA for addressing the disabilities that come with autism. There is plenty of research – over 37,000 peer-reviewed papers touch on various facets of autism. Surprisingly, only a fraction of the research examines how autism affects the body and the brain in medical…

A blood test that predicts #autism has implications for treatment and prevention.

  Richard E Frye & John Slattery Arkansas Children’s Research Institute, Little Rock AR and Daniel Rossignol Rossignol Medical Center, Irvine CA   A recent study demonstrated that a blood test might be able to differentiate children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) from typically developing children.1 The study examined one carbon metabolism and its related…

New Abnormalities Found in the Autistic Brain

  Guest blogger & TACA Physician Advisory:  Dr. Richard Frye   Dr Courchesne of the University of California at San Diego, a researcher who has previously published groundbreaking papers on abnormalities in the growth of the brain in children with autism, now provides new insight into previous uncovered brain abnormalities in children with autism in…

Lessons from the autism epidemic – hopes for prevention

By Dr. Elizabeth Mumper – TACA Physician Advisory Board Member   Emerging research over the past several decades has identified that some combinations of genetic and environmental factors, depending on timing, might create a “perfect storm” for the development of autism.  This retrospective clinical study looks at a cohort in the general pediatrics practice of…