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Potential Diagnostic Test for ASD
Tuesday, 27 March 2012

A collaborative study involving researchers from Sweden and Iran has indicated the potential for a diagnostic test for autism using analysis of proteins found in the blood.

Samples of blood plasma from children with ASD were studied for 'protein patterns' that seem to be linked to autism.  The protein is called complement factor C3 and is involved in the immune system.  Another small piece of the puzzle that we call autism......

 

Source: Nature Translational Psychiatry 13 March 2012 e-publication  http://www.nature.com/tp/journal/v2/n3/full/tp201219a.html

Posted: March 2012

 
Parents rate GF/CF diet
Tuesday, 13 March 2012

Researchers at The Department of Biobehavioural Health ( Pennsylvania State University) questioned 387 parents and discovered that following a gluten-free / casein-free diet improved ASD behaviours, physiological symptoms and social behaviours in those children who previously had GI symptoms and suspected food intolerances.

 

The evidence just grows and grows .......

 

Posted: March 2012

 

Source: Pennesi and Klein 'Effectiveness of the gluten-free, casein-free diet for children diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder: Based on parental report' Nutritional Neuroscience 2012

 
electro-acupuncture helps autism
Tuesday, 24 January 2012

A small clinical trial using electro-acupuncture on children with ASD has reported significant improvements, especially in language comprehension and self-care ability.

The study involved 55 children randomly assigned to recieve either electro-acupuncture for selected acupoints ( test group ) or sham electro-acupuncture to sham acupoints ( control group ) and a total of 12 sessions were performed over a four week period.  A wide range of assessment scores were measured, including a standardised parental report.

For a full copy of the publication go to www.altmedrev.com

Posted: January 2012

Source:'Randomised Controlled Trial of Electro-Acupuncture for Autism Spectrum Disorder' Wong et al, 2010  Alternative Medicine Review volume 15 number 2 p136-146

 
Nutritional supplement improves autism
Thursday, 12 January 2012

Researchers at Arizona State University, lead by Professor Adams, have published their findings of a treatment study looking at the effects of a nutritional supplement on autistic behaviour.  The supplement improved the nutritional and metabolic status of the children and significantly improved a variety of assessment scores, including parent-assessment, behaviour and language.

The supplement included a wide range of vitamins and minerals many of which where significantly higher than standard recommendations, with dosage tailored to the specific weight of each child.  The children were closely monitored for any adverse side-effects throughout the three month trial period. High dose supplementation, in addition to modified diet, has the potential to reduce negative autistic traits but should only be tried under the guidance of a qualified practitioner as it can be harmful.

For more information on how to improve your child's nutritional and metabolic status, call Biomedical Dietitian, Emma on 01623 882853 or contact This email address is being protected from spam bots, you need Javascript enabled to view it

 

Source:'Effect of a vitamin/mineral supplement on children and adults with autism'  BMC Pediatrics Adams et al, 2011                                                   

 

Posted: January 2012

 
GF restaurant finder app
Thursday, 12 January 2012

An app has been developed to help locate restaurants that cater for gluten-free diets and is FREE of charge.  It covers the UK as well as America and parts of Europe so will be helpful for at home or when travelling abroad.

 

Go to www.GLUTOWN.com for more information and to sign up on their mailing list.

 

Posted: January 2012

 
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