Category Archives: Science & Research

The Autism and Allergy Overlap

ASD and food allergy rates have risen dramatically—and they often go hand in hand… The food allergy and autism communities generally seen as separate groups have more in common than they may realize.  One has only to look at the … Continue reading

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The Folate Factor

A newly discovered disorder may play a role in autism… Autism spectrum disorders (ASDs) – which include autistic disorder, Asperger’s Syndrome, and pervasive developmental disorder-not otherwise specified (PDD-NOS) – are defined by behavioral observations and characterized by impairments in communication … Continue reading

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Home, Safe Home

Toxicity may play a big part in autism. Follow our tips to create a safer built environment for your child. As parents, we all desire both a healthy and safe environment for our children, regardless of their ages. As research … Continue reading

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Essential Fatty Acids

Many parents find that simple fish oil supplements can help relieve their child’s autism symptoms… Autism’s biological underpinnings are becoming increasingly important as clinicians and parents seek treatments to address pathologies and abnormalities that often go undiagnosed or ignored. An … Continue reading

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Mast cells, microglia and brain inflammation

Promising treatment pathways for autism…  Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) are pervasive developmental disorders for which there are no distinct pathogenesis, no biomarkers and few effective treatments.  The diagnosis of ASD has increased more than 10-fold during the last decade to … Continue reading

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Leaky gut and autism

Intestinal hyperpermeability—or leaky gut—is increasingly being recognized as a very real clinical finding for a host of different conditions. With autism spectrum disorders in mind, research is starting to ask some interesting questions about its involvement in the gut-brain axis. … Continue reading

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Autism And Adrenal Stress

Being in constant “fight or flight” mode takes a toll… You don’t need me to tell you that an autism spectrum disorder (ASD) places not only the individual but also the parents, siblings and whole family under enormous stress. The … Continue reading

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Glutamate Watching

The amino acid glutamate—and its receptor and signalling functions— is fast becoming the one to watch with autism spectrum disorders in mind. Amino acids and autism When talking about the possible underlying biochemistry of the heterogeneity of autism, certain key … Continue reading

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Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and Autism: Speculation a Go-Go

Not knowing. I don’t think anyone would argue with the fact that our present understanding of autism, with all its heterogeneity, elevated risk of comorbidity and slightly more fluidic expression than perhaps originally thought [1], still remains quite limited. Allowing … Continue reading

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To Every Thing, there is a Season: Childcare and the Calendar

Greetings Autism File readers! My name is Erik Nanstiel and I am a single parent of a teenage girl with autism, residing in Chicago’s northwest suburbs. I have been raising my daughter Miranda, on my own, for the last four … Continue reading

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