Metformin reduces weight gain in children with autism who also take an antipsychotic, researchers at Columbia and other centers have found.
For some types of autism, gastrointestinal problems may originate from the same genetic changes that lead to the behavioral and social characteristics of the condition.
People with autism have a wide range of symptoms, with no two people sharing the exact type and severity of behaviors. Now a large-scale analysis of hundreds of patients and nearly 1000 genes has started to uncover how diversity among traits can be traced to differences in patients’ genetic mutations.
At a recent TED2014 conference, P&S pediatrician and geneticist Wendy Chung presented an overview of autism and the role of genes.
Prenatal folic acid supplements appear to reduce the risk for autistic spectrum disorders, according to a study in the Journal of the American Medical Association.