Prenatal Tdap Vaccination Not Associated with Autism Spectrum Disorder: Study

A study of women who received a Tdap vaccination during pregnancy found no increase in risk that their children would later be diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder. The study, “Prenatal Tetanus, Diphtheria, Acellular Pertussis Vaccination and Autism Spectrum Disorder,” will be published in the September 2018 issue of Pediatrics. Researchers reviewed the records of 81,993 pairs of diverse pregnant women and their children who were born between Jan. 1, 2011, and Dec. 31, 2014, at […]

AAP Raises Concerns About Increasing Marijuana Use During Pregnancy and Breastfeeding

As more states legalize marijuana and social media touts its use for morning sickness, the nation’s pediatricians caution the drug may not be harmless.  With marijuana use more commonly reported by women who are pregnant or breastfeeding, a new American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) report calls for more research on possible developmental effects on children. Highlighting emerging evidence that marijuana likely is not harmless as widely assumed, the AAP recommends women avoid the drug while […]

Promotion Of Healthy Relationships And Sexuality For Individuals With Disabilities

Background Many individuals with disabilities face disparities in access to services, information, and education around sex and reproductive health. One reason behind this disparity is the prevailing belief that individuals with disabilities —especially those with intellectual or cognitive disabilities—are “childlike” or “asexual” and do not have sex or a sexuality and thus do not need reproductive health services, education, or information.3-6 However, this notion is false as studies have found that individuals with disabilities are […]

Parents Know Best- Ask about baby’s physical delays

By Trisha Korioth- American Academy of Pediatrics Many parents keep track of their baby’s first moves, like rolling over, sitting, standing and walking. Early achievers delight their parents. But what if your baby seems to be taking her time to get moving? “Some kids develop a little more slowly than other kids, and that is OK. But it could be a sign that they have a medical problem,” said Dr. Garey H. Noritz, M.D., FAAP, an […]

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 […]