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Causal link found between vitamin D, serotonin synthesis and autism in new study

Posted February 27, 2014

Serotonin and vitamin D have been proposed to play a role in autism, however, no causal mechanism has been established. Now, researchers show that serotonin, oxytocin, and vasopressin, three brain hormones that affect social behavior related to autism, are all activated by vitamin D hormone. Supplementation with vitamin D and tryptophan would be a practical and affordable solution to help prevent autism and possibly ameliorate some symptoms of the disorder.

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Move to the Music: Autism Sees Benefits of Dance Therapy

Posted February 27, 2014

Dance is an amazing therapy style that has benefited all, from the obese children to those with autism. It makes us get up, move the body, enjoy the exercise and make new friends. Dances have long been the medium for human relationships, from the classic waltz to the modern hip-hop and R&B.

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Complementary Medicine Widely Used to Treat Children With Autism, Developmental Delay

Posted January 17, 2014

In a study of the range of treatments being employed for young children with autism and other developmental delays, UC Davis MIND Institute researchers have found that families often use complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) treatments and that the most frequent users of both conventional and complementary approaches are those with higher levels of parental education and income.

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Many parents use complementary medicine to treat children with autism, developmental delay

Posted January 14, 2014

In a study of the range of treatments being employed for young children with autism and other developmental delays, UC Davis MIND Institute researchers have found that families often use complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) treatments and that the most frequent users of both conventional and complementary approaches are those with higher levels of parental education and income.

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Research Says Melatonin is Helpful, but Autism Parents Should Be Careful on Dosage

Posted December 17, 2013

Facing autism, every little bit of information that causes no harm provides a world of help, particularly when it comes to natural hormones like Melatonin. Research has been looking into the pros and cons of the proclaimed sleep aid, in order to ensure every child’s safety, particularly the autistic often prescribed to take it.

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Autism-like behaviors in mice alleviated by probiotic therapy

Posted December 10, 2013

Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is diagnosed when individuals exhibit characteristic behaviors that include repetitive actions, decreased social interactions, and impaired communication. Curiously, many individuals with ASD also suffer from gastrointestinal (GI) issues, such as abdominal cramps and constipation.

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3 Alternative Treatments to Help Children with Autism Communicate

Posted December 5, 2013

Communication problems and lack of proper social interactions plague most autistic children throughout their lifetime, issues that parents would love to solve even for a moment, naturally. Artificial drugs may have their positive effects, but not every child will respond well to their chemical makeup. Even Melatonin, often revered by parents for its calming effects and their resulting in a good night’s sleep, has many a side effect as well that might not bode well for your kids.

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How Melatonin May Help Children with Autism

Posted September 24, 2013

Parents of children with autism spectrum disorder may want to talk to their healthcare providers about the use of a natural supplement called melatonin to help with certain behaviors associated with autism. A new study published in Current Clinical Pharmacology, as well as other research, suggest the hormone may offer significant improvements for some children.

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Autism and Probiotics, New Info Parents Should Know

Posted August 3, 2013

Probiotics, also known as good or beneficial bacteria, have been touted for a number of health issues, especially those related to gastrointestinal (GI) disorders. For parents of children with autism, a new study about how probiotics may help joins previous promising data on the relationship between autism and good bacteria.

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Dietary secrets for autistic children

Posted February 19, 2013

If you are the parent or guardian of a child with autism, then you already know how difficult it can be to deal with all the erratic outbursts, chronic speech impediments, learning deficiencies, and other behavioral and cognitive abnormalities that so often characterize the condition. But the good news is that a life of treating these symptoms with behavioral therapies and pharmaceutical drugs is not your only option, as certain dietary and lifestyle changes have the potential to greatly alleviate, and potentially even cure, your child’s autism naturally.

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