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Hi all! In the last post I started summarizing a series of studies that look at the scientific evidence for the effectiveness of specific treatments for symptoms of autism. I began by discussing research that suggests that Secretin is not an effective treatment for autism. This week I’m discussing 3 additional medications (or classes of medications): [...]

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Hello all, today’s post is going to be the first of a series of 3 short weekly posts discussing 3 autism-related studies recently published in the Journal Pediatrics. All 3 studies are systematic reviews of the effectiveness of specific interventions for autism. That is, all 3 studies merged the results of all previous studies that [...]

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The research on ABA is consistent: ABA is a highly effective intervention for autism. What do I mean by that? That on average, kids with autism exposed to ABA will improve more than those who do not receive this intervention. However, the key word here is “on average”. The research is also very consistent in [...]

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The results of last week’s poll are in and the autism article won by a wide margin. So here are some thoughts on the recent pregnancy timing and autism study.

A team from Columbia University was interested in examining the link between Inter Pregnancy Interval (e.g., time between pregnancies; IPI) and autism. IPI is important [...]

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Hello everyone, I decided to briefly mention three new studies published while I was out and let you suggest which study I should discuss in more detail next week. Make sure you express your preference in the comments section.

While I was out:

1. Closely spaced pregnancies increase risk of autism.

A study of over [...]

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Many parents of children with autism may remember answering a long list of questions regarding their child’s early development during their autism evaluations: Was he/she premature? Were there any complications? Jaundice?  Most often these questions are asked to gather information about other possible developmental factors that may explain the symptoms. Thus, this neonatal information is [...]

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Last week, while discussing a study that compared medication and psychotherapy for the treatment of teen depression, I mentioned how the current research suggests that the efficacy of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) as treatment for depression in adolescents may vary significantly as a function of small variations between the different versions of CBT used by [...]

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By now most of you are likely familiar with the background on the controversy regarding the proposed link between vaccines and autism. Briefly, there are a significant number of parents who believe that vaccines cause, or at least play a role in, autism and a growing research library of studies that find no link between [...]

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