GUT MICROBIOME IN AUTISM

By Gita Gupta   When my son was first diagnosed with autism, he also had problems like chronic diarrhea. The diarrhea caused him a lot of distress, and he was not gaining weight or growing. We saw many specialists. When I asked them about what causes the diarrhea, I was often told “that’s just autism.”…

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…

The FDA wants input from families living with autism

  By Lisa Ackerman The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) wants to hear from families regarding input on autism treatments (1.) There are just over 600 references on the FDA website related to autism. For a lot of families you may be wondering what the FDA has done in regards to autism.  Here are two…

Season 2 Episode #4: Dr. Anju Usman, M.D.

Welcome to episode #2.4 of the Moving Autism Forward Podcast. Many of you know and love Dr. Anju Usman. She is on the board of medical advisors for TACA and has been a true hero in our community. You are going to hear her tell all about how she ended up in the world of integrative medicine and the best pieces of advice she gives to new parents and seasoned parents alike.

17th #autism awareness month comes to a close

  by Lisa Ackerman My 17th autism awareness month came to a conclusion yesterday. 17. I have experienced 17 of these months asking for the same efforts – awareness.  With the numbers now 1 in 68 or the newer 1 in 45 parent survey (1.)  I would love to meet someone that is not aware…

Stem Cells, Autism and New Research

By Gita Gupta Autism affects 1 in 68 U.S. children (1.) FDA-approved treatments for autism address issues like irritability, but there are very few treatments for the core symptoms like impairments in communication and behavior. That’s probably because there isn’t enough research focus on understanding and addressing the abnormal changes seen in the body’s functioning…

Calling all Family and Friends for #AutismActionApril

By Lisa Ackerman   Yes, that means you! This is an “all hands on deck” to help families and you can help! It is time for the TACA Family & Friends campaign.   It is hard to believe how far we have come in the past 17 years. Wow, 17 years! (You can’t call me…

Season 2 Episode #1: Dr. Nancy O’Hara

Welcome friends to Season Two of the Moving Autism Forward Podcast! We are thrilled to be able to bring you exciting episodes all month long and give you important resources and information to help your family, your friends, and your child. This week we are honored to have Dr. Nancy O’Hara as our guest. Dr. O’Hara is a nationally known and sought after pediatrician out of Connecticut. We loved being able to hear from her about the importance of starting small when addressing your child’s needs, what it looks like for a practitioner and patient/family to work as a team, and we think you are going to really appreciate her stories as she tells us all about some of the most impactful patients through the years.

#Autism Awareness NEEDS ACTION during April

By Lisa Ackerman   Hi April! You’re back! My 17th autism awareness month is kicking off in hours. (Yes, I am tracking the hours!)  Here we go again!  This is a great opportunity to dig in, inspire and motivate our community to move awareness into action for this April.   Many diseases and conditions have…

Showing Gratitude for Our Doctors: TACA Doctors Appreciation Day

By Jackie Moore On March 30th, 2017 TACA will hold the 2nd Annual TACA Doctor Appreciation Day in partnership with Houston Enzymes® and Lifetrients® to recognize physicians who have dedicated their practice to help children with autism. TACA gives parents a platform to say thank you to their children’s doctors for the knowledge, guidance and…

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…

Updated insurance needs for families living with autism

By Lisa Ackerman The Affordable Care Act (ACA) is in the news (1.) Many will be affected by the changes to ACA including families living with autism. For many families like mine, insurance is our least favorite topic. There are many hats families wear to help their child and one of the most time consuming…