Items Tagged ‘autism’

Do Vaccines Cause Autism? Yet Another Study Says No

May 3, 2019

Do Vaccines Cause Autism? Yet Another Study Says No

By uclahealth uclahealth

We don’t yet know what causes autism, but a new study found the measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine does not. The MMR vaccine also doesn’t trigger autism in a group of at-risk kids. No Linkage Between MMR Vaccine and Autism  A 1998 paper in The Lancet claimed the MMR vaccine caused autism, but that […]

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Tags: autism, measles, MRR, vaccines


Precision health at UCLA: gene studies lead to personalized medicine

March 15, 2019

Precision health at UCLA: gene studies lead to personalized medicine

By uclahealth uclahealth

Until now, medical treatments have been used in a one-size-fits-all fashion. But diseases can affect people differently. Each individual has a unique genetic makeup, lifestyle and environment. As a result, the same medical treatment may be more or less effective for different people with the same diagnosis. Precision medicine means health care personalized to you […]

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Tags: autism, cancer, depression, electronic medical record, genetic risk factors, heart and vascular disease, neurodevelopmental disorders, obesity, precision health, precision health initiative, UCLA Institute for Precision Health


UCLA participates in national research study on autism

January 22, 2019

UCLA participates in national research study on autism

By uclahealth uclahealth

“Autism does not discriminate and occurs at equal rates across all ethnic groups,” says Amanda Gulsrud, Ph.D, a clinical director at UCLA’s Jane and Terry Semel Institute’s Center for Autism Research & Treatment. Dr. Gulsrud adds, “We know that communities of color are not represented in research at the rate that white families are. And […]

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Tags: autism, Jane and Terry Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior at UCLA, Semel Institute, Spark research, UCLA Mattel Children's Hospital


Ask the Doctors - What are real risks of acetaminophen during pregnancy?

April 7, 2018

Ask the Doctors – What are real risks of acetaminophen during pregnancy?

By Ask the Doctors askthedoctors

Dear Doctor: Will taking acetaminophen (Tylenol) during pregnancy increase the chances that the child will have ADHD or autism?   The largest of these studies showed that, among children whose mothers ever used ace Here’s the important caveat: The two groups of women were themselves very different. Participants who used acetaminophen were more likely to […]

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Tags: acetaminophen, adhd, autism, Dr. Robert Ashley, pregnancy, Tylenol


March 5, 2018

The Most Amazing Early Intervention Program

By April12 kdelsolar

When my son was first suspected to have autism spectrum disorder, my family was in shock. I was committed to finding the very best early intervention program for my son and toured many places. I was so thankful that my caseworker recommended that I tour the Early Intervention Program at UCLA. I knew immediately that […]

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Tags: academic interventions, age-appropriate sensory, autism, autism spectrum disorder, caseworker, classroom, early intervention program, Early Intervention Program at UCLA, motor activities, observation room, parents, patient stories


February 26, 2018

The best thing we ever did

By drtracyb drtracyb

We adopted two toddlers from Russia in 2009. Our son was diagnosed with fetal alcohol syndrome within 10 days of coming home. He was later also diagnosed with autism. His sister was also diagnosed many years later with FASD, but she is another story. Regional Center provided in-home services as soon as he was diagnosed […]

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Tags: adpotion, autism, children, children's health, daily intervention, fetal alcohol syndrome, in-home services, parents, patient stories, social skills, UCLA Intervention Program


What are speech disorders?

November 27, 2017

What are speech disorders?

By uclahealth uclahealth

A lisp or mild stuttering in children can be endearing, but they can also indicate an underlying speech disorder that may need attention. Up to nine percent of children in the U.S. will have some type of speech or sound disorder. Most of these children can avoid longer-term speech and language problems with early intervention. […]

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Tags: autism, behavioral pediatrics, diagnosing speech disorders, fluency, hearing loss, language, play-based therapy, speech, speech articulation, speech disorders, speech pathology


For children with autism, sleep is the essential ingredient in any treatment plan

November 17, 2017

For children with autism, sleep is the essential ingredient in any treatment plan

By Leigh Hopper leighhopper

When Dr. Shafali Jeste first started seeing children through UCLA’s Developmental Neurogenetics Clinic, she expected most visits to focus on the medical management of epilepsy, attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder, or behavioral challenges. Jeste, a behavioral child neurologist, specializes in children with rare genetic variants and syndromes associated with autism spectrum disorder. Almost half of her patients […]

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Tags: autism, insomnia, neurology, pediatric neurology


Cyberbullying: Don’t feed the trolls!   

May 4, 2017

Cyberbullying: Don’t feed the trolls!  

By Mark Wheeler markwheeler

  A recent story on National Public Radio cited an academic study that suggested many teenage girls in the U.S. may be experiencing more serious depression than boys. And while the usual stressors for teens no doubt still apply—academics, hormones, parents—another increasing reason may be their obsession with social media.  And social media sites such as […]

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Tags: autism, Bully, cyberbullying, parents, psychiatry/psychology, teens


How to get a date--For young adults with autism, it's not so easy

March 30, 2017

How to get a date–For young adults with autism, it’s not so easy

By Mark Wheeler markwheeler

For children with autism spectrum disorder, understanding emotions is a very difficult task. These children typically have trouble recognizing emotions, particularly social emotions conveyed through facial expressions — a frown, a smirk or a smile. This can hamper the child’s ability to communicate and socialize, sometimes leading to social isolation. And as the child with autism spectrum […]

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Tags: ASD, autism, autism expert, autism spectrum disorders, conversation skills, Elizabeth Laugeson, PEERS for Young Adults, psychiatry, social skills, The Science of Makinf Friends, UCLA PEERS clinic, UCLA Program for the Education and Enrichment of Relational Skills