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U.S. PSYCH: Atypical Antipsychotic Medication Cuts Behavioral Symptoms in Autism
By Crystal Phend |
April 26, 2007
SAN FRANCISCO, April 25 -- While the behavioral symptoms of autism have been treated with a wide spectrum of medications, atypical antipsychotics may be the most effective drug class.
So said Lawrence D. Scahill, Ph.D., of Yale University, in a presentation here at the U.S. Psychiatric and Mental Health Congress regional extension.
Serious behavioral problems accompany autism in 20% to 30% of cases and include aggression, tantrums and self-injury.
To treat these and as well as the repetitive behaviors intrinsic to autism spectrum disorders, clinicians have tried a laundry list of medications ranging from stimulants to anticonvulsants to the substance abuse drug naltrexone(Drug information on naltrexone) (Vivitrol).
DR HARRINGTON ON AUTISM
Transition to Adulthood for Youths With Autism and the Need to Advocate an Early Start
April 6, 2011
The recent article in Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine by Shattuck and colleagues should act as a wakeup call to all policymakers about the use of resources for families with disabilities. The transition from being a dependent adolescent with autism to an independent adult requires a major financial and social investment from schools, families, and entire communities.
Genetic Testing for Autism: What Can Be Done, How Helpful Is It?
January 26, 2011
In this podcast, Dr John Harrington of Eastern Virginia Medical School and Children’s Hospital of The King’s Daughters, and Dr Michael Paul, CEO and Rena Vanzo, Genetic Counselor of Lineagen—provider of a new integrated genetic testing and counseling service FirstStepDx—discuss the diagnosis of autism and genetic testing for autism.
Autism Spectrum Disorders: What to Make of the Latest Statistics?
February 12, 2010
Two recent reports, one conducted by the Health Resource and Service Administration (HRSA) and a second from the CDC, now estimate that the current prevalence of autism spectrum disorders (ASDs) in children born in the United States has risen from 1:150 to around 1:100. The HRSA report was based on a telephone survey of 78,037 parents involved in the 2007 National Survey of Children's Health. However, for its study, the CDC used a rigorous identification and confirmation system called the Autism and Developmental Disabilities Monitoring Network, which cross-references educational and health data in 11 states.
Vaccines, the Public Trust, and the Importance of the Medical Home
November 1, 2008
I thoroughly enjoyed the articles "Anti-Vaccine Media: Its Impact-and Strategies to Combat It" by Linda Nield, MD, and "Vaccinations: Immunizations Do Not Cause Autism Spectrum Disorder . . . They Prevent Disease" by Golder Wilson, MD, PhD, and Miranda Ramirez, MD (both of which appeared in the Special Issue on Vaccines that accompanied the September 2008 issue of CONSULTANT FOR PEDIATRICIANS).
August 1, 2008
The easiest way to explain what "people-first" language is might be to examine what it is not. We can do this by considering commonly accepted uses of titles that we may hear every day-usages such as "Coach Pat" or "Doctor Bob."
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