Category: Autism

  • Probiotics vs. Antibiotics for Autism

    What role do antibiotics play in the development and treatment of autism spectrum disorder? “There are many examples in nature of intestinal microbes altering host behavior. One such example involves the eukaryotic pathogen Toxoplasma gondii when it infects a rodent, causing the animal to lose its innate fear of the odor of bobcat urine.” The […]

  • Journalists Cover the Gamut, From Rising Insulin Costs to Delays in Autism Care for Children

    KHN Midwest correspondent Bram Sable-Smith shared a firsthand perspective on ballooning insulin costs on “Tradeoffs” on April 21. Click here to hear Sable-Smith on “Tradeoffs” Read Sable-Smith’s “I Write About America’s Absurd Health Care System. Then I Got Caught Up in It.” KHN’s Colleen DeGuzman profiled the last abortion clinic in the Rio Grande Valley […]

  • Using NLP Technology To Uncover Real-World Patient Insights

    It’s estimated that humans create a combined 2.5 quintillion bytes of data each day – and that around 90% of all data to ever exist was created in just the last few years. As difficult as it is to ignore the massive impact that connected technologies and social media have had on the way we experience our world, it’s somehow even […]

  • Delays for Autism Diagnosis and Treatment Grew Even Longer During the Pandemic

    Wylie James Prescott, 3, had to wait more than a year after his autism diagnosis to begin behavioral therapy, even though research shows early treatment of autism can be crucial for children’s long-term development. His mother, Brandie Kurtz, said his therapy wasn’t approved through Georgia’s Medicaid program until recently, despite her continued requests. “I know […]

  • EarliTec Diagnostics Raises $19.5M to Advance Autism Diagnosis and Treatment in Children

    What You Should Know: – EarliTec Dx, a digital health company developing novel diagnostic and therapeutic products for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and early childhood vulnerabilities, today announced a $19.5 million financing led by Bernie Marcus, with participation from the Georgia Research Alliance (GRA). – This round of financing will be used to […]

  • Demand for Service Dogs Unleashes a ‘Wild West’ Market

    Jenni Mahnaz admits she’s not much of a dog person. She’s mildly allergic and the only pet she had as a child was a hermit crab. But once she learned that specially trained dogs could help her daughters with their medical needs, she was willing to do anything to make it happen. Her oldest daughter, […]

  • Are Provoked Urine Challenge Tests for Heavy Metals a Scam?

    Is testing for body burden of heavy metals like mercury with “urine mobilization tests,” “challenge tests,” and “provoked urine tests” just a scam? Environmental risk factors, meaning non-genetic risk factors, may play a significant role in autism. Identical twins who share the same DNA may not share the condition more than half the time. A […]

  • How Real Is the Rise in Autism Rates? 

    Before speculating about the reason for the “explosive” increase in autism, one has to make sure the explosion is real.  In 1943, a famous paper was published in which Leo Kanner, a child psychiatrist at Johns Hopkins, described a series of children with “fascinating peculiarities.” He thought that “these characteristics form a unique ‘syndrome,’ not heretofore reported, which seems to be rare enough, yet is probably more frequent than is indicated […]

  • Server cans autism hope bumetanide after phase 3 fails

    Servier and Neurochlore have been forced to admit defeat in their bid to bring the first drug to market for people with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), after a comprehensive fail for their bumetanide candidate in two phase 3 trials. The French partners said today that there was “no sign of effectiveness” for bumetanide compared to […]

  • Cortica Raises $60M to Expand Comprehensive Autism Care Model Nationwide

    What You Should Know: – Cortica, Inc. (“Cortica”), a San Diego, CA-based tech-enabled clinical services for autism and other neurodevelopmental conditions, announced it has raised $60 million in financing to further its mission to transform autism care. The funding was led by Longitude Capital with participation from new investors .406 Ventures and Adam Boehler, along […]

  • Risks and Benefits of Gluten-Free, Casein-Free Diets for Autism  

    What did the most comprehensive double-blind study of diet for autism find, and what are the potential downsides? When you read in alternative medicine journals that there is “a great deal of evidence that foods containing casein or gluten contribute significantly to ASD [autism spectrum disorder] and should be eliminated from the diet” and that “implementation of a strict casein- and gluten-free (CFGF) diet almost always leads to symptomatic improvement,” the authors are presumably talking about […]

  • Testing Wheat- and Dairy-Free Diets for Autism

    What happens when children with autism on gluten- and casein-free diets are covertly challenged with wheat and dairy? The first randomized, control study of a gluten-free and casein-free diet for autism found that parents reported their kids did significantly better in the diet group than in the control group, but that could just be the placebo […]

  • Dietary Placebo Effects in Autism

    The original randomized controlled trials of gluten- and casein-free diets may have been complicated by parental expectation bias. My video Are Autism Diet Benefits Just a Placebo Effect? begins with graphs depicting the findings from the first randomized, controlled trial to put a gluten- and casein-free diet to the test for children with autism. Significant […]

  • A Randomized Controlled Dietary Trial for Autism

    What were the results of the first randomized controlled study of a dietary intervention for Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)? At the start of my video Gluten-Free, Casein-Free Diets for Autism Put to the Test, I discuss the so-called opioid-excess theory of autism, which states that when certain wheat and dairy proteins are ingested, morphine-like protein […]

  • Is the Casein in A2 Milk Healthier?

    The casomorphins—breakdown products of casein, a milk protein, with opiate-like activity—in bovine milk appears to have opposite effects than those from human breast milk on infant development, but what about A2 cow’s milk? “One of the main sources of opioid peptides”—that is, protein fragments with opiate-like activity—”in the autism patients diet are dairy products.” As […]

  • Do Casomorphins from Cow’s Milk Contribute to Autism?

    Casomorphins—breakdown products of casein, a milk protein, with opiate-like activity—may help explain why autism symptoms sometimes improve with a dairy-free diet. In my last video series on autism and diet, I talked about the benefits of broccoli sprouts, but the most commonly studied nutritional and dietary interventions for autism and diet involve variations of gluten-free […]

  • FDA grants swift approval to Cognoa’s digital device for autism diagnosis

    The FDA has approved a digital device developed by Cognoa that can be used to diagnose autism spectrum disorder (ASD), just a few weeks after it was filed for approval. Cognoa says the artificial intelligence (AI) based device is the first to be authorised by the US regulator that can help doctors diagnose autism in […]

  • Cognoa Awarded FDA Authorization For AI-Based Autism Diagnosis Aid

    What You Should Know: – Cognoa, a pediatric behavioral health company developing diagnostic and therapeutic solutions for children living with behavioral health conditions, has been granted FDA authorization to market the company’s first-of-its-kind, AI-based autism diagnosis aid – Canvas Dx. – Canvas Dx is the first diagnosis aid designed to help physicians to diagnose autism spectrum disorder (ASD) in the primary care setting, as well as the first diagnosis aid for ASD authorized for commercialization by […]

  • Are Avocados Associated with Greater Risk or Reduced Risk of Cancer?

    Avocado consumption can improve artery function, but what effect might guacamole have on cancer risk? In my last video about avocados, The Effects of Avocados and Red Wine on Meal-Induced Inflammation, I described their anti-inflammatory effects and cholesterol- and triglyceride-lowering effects, but what about the Are Avocados Good for You? video I did years ago […]

  • Helpful Foods to Support People with Autism

    The sulforaphane found in five cents’ worth of broccoli sprouts has been shown to benefit autism in a way no drug ever has in a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled study. You may remember my series of videos, which includes Prevent Cancer from Going on TOR, about target of rapamycin (TOR), the engine-of-aging enzyme. Kids with autism […]

  • Fighting Autism Brain Inflammation with Food

    One food may be able to combat all four purported causal factors of autism: synaptic dysfunction, oxidative stress, mitochondrial dysfunction, and neuroinflammation. In a keynote address at an autism conference, Harvard neurologist Martha Herbert said, “I think we need to conduct research as if we know this is an emergency.” Already, up to 1.5 percent […]

  • Fever Benefits for Autism in a Food

    Dramatic improvements in children with autism when they have a fever suggest that the disorder may be reversible if one can replicate the phenomenon in other ways. Autism currently affects about 1 in 68 kids in the United States, yet we don’t even have drugs to treat the core symptoms, never mind the underlying disorder itself. […]

  • Push Is On for States to Ban Organ Transplant Discrimination

    Griffin Dalrymple is an energetic 7-year-old who loves going to school in Eureka, Montana. But two years ago, the boy described by his mother, Jayci, as a “ball of fire” was suddenly knocked back by severe bacterial pneumonia that hospitalized him for two weeks. As her son lay in the intensive care unit with a […]

  • Executive Hires: Walgreens Appoints New CEO, Cityblock Health, Innovaccer, Others

    Walgreens appoints Rosalind (Roz) Brewer as the company’s Chief Executive Officer, effective on March 15, 2021. Brewer will also join the WBA Board of Directors upon assuming the role. She succeeds Stefano Pessina who, as previously announced, will transition to the role of Executive Chairman of the Board of WBA. Brewer, 58, will become the […]

  • Cerner Leadership Changes, Other Key Executives Hires

    Travis Dalton Dan Devers Cerner announced some leadership changes promoting long-time associates Travis Dalton to Chief Client & Services Officer and Dan Devers to Chief Legal Counsel. After long, respected, meaningful careers at Cerner, John Peterzalek and Randy Sims will be departing. Cognoa, the leading pediatric behavioral health company developing diagnostic and therapeutic solutions for children living with […]

  • Under one roof: How to treat autism in children

    The need and demand for access to quality, interdisciplinary therapy will only continue to grow. Early intervention, with consistent, qualified care provided under one roof, can generate better outcomes that will help children and their families change what autism means in their lives.

  • Provider Pilot Uses Video Games as Therapy for Children with Autism

    What You Should Know: – Magellan Health launches a pilot program for a group of providers that will begin using video games as therapy for children with autism and other behavioral health conditions.  – As part of the pilot program, patients will be given access to the video platform developed by Mightier, a digital health […]