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Research by Topic: Irritability
A subset of children with autism displays increased immune reactivity to gluten, the mechanism of which appears to be distinct from that in celiac disease. The increased anti-gliadin antibody response and its association with GI symptoms points to a potential mechanism involving immunologic and/or intestinal permeability abnormalities in affected children.
A specific antioxidant supplement containing N-Acetylcysteine, or NAC may be an effective therapy for some features of autism, according to a pilot trial from the Stanford University School of Medicine and Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital that involved 31 children with the disorder.
Children with autism spectrum disorders who also have serious behavioral problems responded better to medication combined with training for their parents than to treatment with medication alone, Yale researchers and their colleagues report in the February issue of Journal of the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry.
ASF-funded study: JADD Challenging behaviors frequent in autistic children with and without GI problems; therefore behaviors are unlikely to predict GI problems in children with ASDMaenner et al.Published October 25, 2011 in Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders
Association Between Behavioral Features and Gastrointestinal Problems Among Children with Autism Spectrum DisorderMatthew J. Maenner • Carrie L. Arneson • Susan E. Levy • Russell S. Kirby • Joyce S. Nicholas • Maureen S. DurkinJournal of Autism and Developmental Disorders | DOI 10.1007/s10803-011-1379-6 Copyright: Springer Science+Business Media, LLC 2011 Abstract : Recent reports suggest certain […]
Association Between Behavioral Features and Gastrointestinal Problems Among Children with Autism Spectrum DisorderPublished October 25, 2011 in Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders - Maenner, M.J. et al.
Recent reports suggest certain behaviors among children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) may indicate underlying gastro-intestinal (GI) problems, and that the presence of these behaviors may help alert primary care providers to the need to evaluate a child with ASD for GI problems. The purpose of this population-based study of 487 children with ASD, including […]
Parents of children with fragile X syndrome report that minocycline led to positive improvements in language, attention levels and behavior. They also report experiencing adverse side effects such as mild gastrointestinal issues and some increased irritability.
British Medical Journal examined the continued belief by many of a possible connection between the developmental disorder and the chronic inflammatory bowel disease, that was first dubbed “autistic enterocolitis” by British physician Dr. Andrew Wakefield. But beyond Wakefield’s account, the evidence of any connection between bowel disease and autism is slim, the editorial stated.
Moderators, Mediators,and Other Predictors of Risperidone Response in Children with Autistic Disorder and IrritabilityPublished April 1, 2010 in Journal of Childhood and Adolescent Psychopharmacology, Arnold et al
The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) Research Units on Pediatric Psychopharmacology (RUPP) Autism Network found an effect size of d = 1.2 in favor of risperidone on the main outcome measure in an 8-week double-blind, placebo-controlled trial for irritability in autistic disorder. This paper explores moderators and mediators of this effect. This study found […]