Autism Risk Determined by Health of Mother’s Gut

Summary: Researchers have successfully identified autism risk in young mice by examining their mother’s microbiome during pregnancy. The study, which may offer the earliest detection of autism, could pave the way to developing preventative measures against forms of autism by altering the maternal diet and probiotic intake. Source: University of Virginia Health System. The risk of developing autism-spectrum disorders is determined by the mother’s microbiome – the collection of microorganisms that naturally live inside us […]

Doctors Fail to Flag Concussion Patients for Critical Follow-Up

By Suzanne Leigh As evidence builds of more long-term effects linked to concussion, a nationwide study led by scientists at UCSF and the University of Southern California has found that more than half of the patients seen at top-level trauma centers may fall off the radar shortly after diagnosis, placing in jeopardy treatments for these long-term effects. Among 831 patients treated in hospital emergency departments for concussion, or mild traumatic brain injury (TBI), only 44 […]

New Brain Development Disorder Identified

Summary: Researchers have identified a new neurodevelopmental disorder. The study reveals the inherited disorder can produce learning difficulties and increase seizure risks. The researchers have implicated a recessive mutation in CAMK2A in this new disorder. Source: eLife. Researchers have identified a new inherited neurodevelopmental disease that causes slow growth, seizures and learning difficulties in humans. Writing in the journal eLife, the team reveals that this disease is caused by a recessive mutation in CAMK2A – […]

Toddlers with Cerebral Palsy, Language Delays Could Benefit from Earlier Intervention, Study Finds

BY Ana Pena The ability of young children with cerebral palsy to understand language can accurately predict their language skills and difficulties later in life, according to a recent study. The study also concluded that children with cerebral palsy who are unable to speak should receive early intervention to help them overcome speech difficulties and to avoid developmental delays as they grow. The study,“Longitudinal growth of receptive language in children with cerebral palsy between 18 months […]

As You Were Saying…Help dentists aid all patients

by James T. Brett  Recently, I met a young man with Down syndrome who is in a public school just outside Boston. He spends most of his days in regular classroom settings and receives some extra help through an adult classroom aide. His junior high school experience was a reminder of how much better things are for those with intellectual and developmental disabilities, specifically more educational opportunities and better access to jobs, all leading to […]

Study Finds Facial Analysis Software Able to Identify Patients with Williams-Beuren Syndrome

A new study has shown that researchers have successfully used facial analysis technology and clinical information to successfully identify patients with Williams-Beuren syndrome, a rare condition that causes cardiovascular problems and intellectual disability. Though Williams-Beuren syndrome is a genetic condition, most case are not inherited. It affects about 1 in 7,500 to 10,000 people. People with the condition have distinctive facial features including puffiness around the eyes, a short nose with a broad tip, full […]

Understanding Your Child’s Medications

By Caitlin Hoff As a parent or caretaker of a child with special needs, it can sometimes be overwhelming to speak with doctors or healthcare professionals. In the beginning, the medical jargon can seem like a foreign language preventing you from fully understanding the situation your child is in. It can be incredibly overwhelming when you simply want to know that your child is safe and in good hands. Over time, however, this dialogue will […]

What Are The Early Signs Of ADHD?

By Bethany Cadman Reviewed by Timothy J. Legg, PhD, CRNP Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder is a condition that affects behavior. It causes people to be hyperactive and impulsive. They may also be easily distracted and have difficulty concentrating or sitting still.   Known as ADHD, the condition is a mental health disorder that affects both adults and children and is recognized by the American Psychiatric Association (APA). Signs of ADHD are different in adults and […]

Parent Perspectives on the Impact of Traumatic Brain Injury on Academic Success for their College-Aged Children

By Elaine Sampson, MS CRC; and Aiyana Taylor, BS Introduction According to research, approximately 1.7 million people in the United States have been diagnosed with a traumatic brain injury (TBI). Symptoms related to this injury vary from person to person, but can include: Fatigue, Headaches, Blurry vision, and/or Rapid or extreme mood changes. These injuries are especially prevalent among transition-aged youth (young people between the ages of 16 and 24). In 2015, the Centers for […]

Genetic Manipulation for Individuals with Disabilities: Does CRISPR-Cas9 Provide a Magic Bullet?

AMERICAN ACADEMY OF DEVELOPMENTAL MEDICINE & DENTISTRY BY H. BARRY WALDMAN DDS, MPH, PHD, STEVEN P. PERLMAN DDS, MSCD, DHL (HON), RICK RADER, MD, FAAIDD, DHL (HON) AND MATTHEW COOKE, DDS, MD, MPH “In 1972, WABC-TV in New York sent rookie reporter Geraldo Rivera to Staten Island to infiltrate the Willowbrook State School. Robert Kennedy had visited the mental institution in 1966 and declared: ‘Willowbrook State School was not fit even for animals to live […]