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Vitamins During Pregnancy May Reduce Autism Risk in Offspring

Taking prenatal vitamins during pregnancy may help to reduce the risk of a child’s developing autism. Researchers conducted an observational study of 305 mothers and 332 children, of whom 241 had a sibling with autism. The prenatal vitamin supplements examined were folic acid and iron, which are recommended by the…

Are Doctors Overprescribing Antipsychotics to Young People with Autism?

A new study is suggesting that the number of adolescents with autism or other intellectual disabilities who are being treated with antipsychotics has gone up in recent years. Researchers at Hofstra Northwell School of Medicine in New York conducted a meta-analysis — a study of studies — that included 39…

SSRIs in Pregnancy Linked to Autism

A study finds a correlation between 2nd & 3rd trimester use of SSRIs and autism. But don’t start pointing fingers. Here is something destined to create fear and finger-pointing: JAMA Pediatrics has published research that finds a correlation between pregnant women’s use of SSRIs (selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors) — a…

Do You Believe in Magic?

Do you avoid walking under a ladder? Have you a lucky shirt you wear to root for your favorite team? Toss a little salt over your shoulder after you spilled it? It’s superstition or “magical thinking” and we all do it, at least most of us do. Even when we…