World Autism Day: Taking prenatal vitamins early in pregnancy lowers risk of autism in kids

Taking prenatal vitamins during the first month of pregnancy is associated with a lower risk of developing autism in children who are at high risk for the disorder, according to a new study

World Autism Day: Taking prenatal vitamins early in pregnancy lowers risk of autism in kidsResearchers followed 241 children whose older siblings had a diagnosis of autism and who therefore had an increased risk of being diagnosed with the disorder. The researchers evaluated the children’s development starting at 6 months through 3 years of age. At the same time, the moms were asked through phone interviews and mailed questionnaires about […]

Vitamin B may improve verbal communication in autistic kids

Vitamin B may improve verbal communication in autistic kidsAutism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) has many behavioural symptoms, including anxiety, inappropriate social interaction, poor eye contact, and compulsive behaviour. Many adolescent patients have difficulty interacting socially with others. A new study published in Springer Nature’s journal Molecular Psychiatry has linked folinic acid, a reduced form of vitamin B, with improved language and communication skills in […]

 ‘If autism is detected early, it can help reverse the problem’

Speaking at the 10th World Congress for Neurorehabilitation at the Renaissance Conventional Centre at Powai, Dr Samir Dalwai elaborated on autism and its manifestations. He highlighted on its clinical features and early identification. He also suggested methods through which parents can improve interaction with their children

 ‘If autism is detected early, it can help reverse the problem’“Early detection of autism allows to set up a program of interventions specifically designed for the child,” said Dr Samir Dalwai, who is a developmental and behavioural paediatrician and the chairperson, India Academy of Paediatrics chapter of neurodevelopmental Paediatrics “Generalised therapies may not help because no two children are same. There may be other neurological, […]

New drug for autism shows favourable results in clinical trial

Among participants who received suramin, the study authors found changes in speech, language, social communication, repetitive behaviours, coping skills, calmness, and focus. Although the effects wore off after several weeks, suggesting that multiple doses of the drug may be needed

New drug for autism shows favourable results in clinical trialThere are currently no FDA-approved drugs to treat the core symptoms of autism spectrum disorder (ASD). But new findings published in the Annals of Clinical and Translational Neurology may help open the door to novel treatment options while shedding light on the underlying causes of ASD. In small phase I/II clinical trial at the University […]

Child with autism can live a normal life with early professional intervention and parents’ support

Parents must insist on qualified team – which includes doctors and therapists working together – to ensure best results for their kids post diagnoses. They need to ensure accountability by asking for reports and notes and documented plans for intervention. Everything must be measured as per individual child’s need

Child with autism can live a normal life with early professional intervention and parents’ supportAwareness around autism and the fact that it can show phenomenal improvement is gaining ground. Now, we need to focus on authentic evidence-based scientific measures available for treating children diagnosed early. Parents must insist on qualified team – which includes doctors and therapists working together – to ensure best results. They need to ensure accountability […]