As reported earlier this week by Autism Daily Newscast, a new study confirms children with autism more likely to suffer tummy troubles. The results are reported in the April 28, 2014, online early edition of the journal Pediatrics. Co-author William Sharp, PhD, director of the Pediatric Feeding Disorders Program at Marcus Autism Center and assistant professor of pediatrics at Emory University School of Medicine says,
“Our findings corroborate a history of anecdotal reports and case studies suggesting increased risk of GI concerns in autism.”
U.S. has a severe shortage of active child and adolescent psychiatrists
A report released 27 March by the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry(AACAP) states that a bout one-quarter of children in the U.S. have a diagnosable psychiatric disorder such as autism, depression or bipolar disorder. However, only about 20 percent of them receive evaluation and treatment by medical professionals. Gregory Fritz, president-elect of AACAP says
“The problem is even more magnified for families of children with autism. Even if they can get a child psychiatrist for their kids, some psychiatrists don’t have the experience or training to feel comfortable with kids with autism.”
Possible link between autism and schizophrenia
New research conducted at Trinity College in Dublin suggests a link between genetic mutations present in schizophrenia and autism. Schizophrenia in most cases is inherited. The study looked at 171 Irish people whose families were directly effected by the disorder. This allowed researchers to directly identify the genes that had mutated promoting the onset of the condition. More from Autism Daily Newscast can be read here. The findings are published in the journal Molecular Psychiatry.
Motor skill deficiencies linked to autism severity
A study published in April’s edition of the Adapted Physical Activity Quarterly journal has taken a closer look at how autism has an effect on the development of gross and finite motor skills in young children. A total of 150 children were observed, 101 who later gained a diagnosis and 49 neurotypical children. It was found that those with a diagnosis were typically around six months behind in their development of these specific skills. More information can be read at Autism Daily Newscast here.