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US Autism & Asperger Association
January 1, 2012


Welcome to USAAA WeeklyNews, an email newsletter that addresses a range of topics on Autism Spectrum Disorders including Asperger's Syndrome.

Hot topics from USAAA WeeklyNews in 2011

  • Autism and Sex
  • Chronic active biological processes
  • Brain, mind, and body connections
  • Cognitive Comorbidity
  • Seizures
  • Inflammation
  • Expectations
  • Mitochondrial dysfunction
  • Sensory processing
  • Testosterone and the gene RORA
  • Terbutaline

USAAA WeeklyNews e-newsletter archive 2005-2012

Top articles from USAAA WeeklyNews you might have missed in 2011

  1. Autism and Sex, by Laura Shumaker, writer and Autism Advocate
  2. Autism Now: Dr. Martha Herbert Extended Interview on PBS Newshour, Interview by Robert Macneil, PBS; Martha Herbert, MD, PhD, Assistant Professor of Neurology at Harvard Medical School, USAAA 2010 Keynote speaker
  3. V.S. Ramachandran's Tales Of The 'Tell-Tale Brain', V.S. Ramachandran, MBBS, PhD, neurologist and professor at the University of California, San Diego
  4. Overlap of Autism and Seizures: Understanding Cognitive Comorbidity, Neha Khetrapal, M.A. Cognitive Science, Centre of Excellence “Cognitive Interaction Technology” (CITEC) And Faculty of Psychology & Sport Sciences, University of Bielefeld
  5. Does Inflammation Play a Role in Autism?Joseph Mercola, D.O.
  6. The Importance of Realistic Expectations and Self- Compassion, Robert Brooks, PhD, Harvard Medical School
  7. Mitochondrial dysfunction in autism, Giulivi C, Zhang YF, Omanska-Klusek A, Ross-Inta C, Wong S, Hertz-Picciotto I, Tassone F, Pessah IN., University of California, School of Veterinary Medicine, Department of Molecular Biosciences
  8. Continuums of Cognition and Sensory Processing, Marlo Payne Thurman, MS, National Education Consultant, USAAA Advisory Board member
  9. Autism's Testosterone Question Compassion, Valerie Hu, PhD, professor, George Washington University, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
  10. Terbutaline and Autism, Lawrence P. Kaplan, PhD, Chairman, US Autism & Asperger Association

USAAA WeeklyNews e-newsletter archive 2005-2012

Quotes from USAAA WeeklyNews articles in 2011

“What we were all taught as medical students a decade or two ago is that connections in the fetal brain are fixed during infancy or fetal life by genes, and then as you grow into adulthood, the maps crystallize and are there permanently," he says. "But we are finding that this is not true.” V.S. Ramachandran, MBBS, PhD, MBBS, PhD, neurologist and professor at the University of California, San Diego

“Other people think that there's a much more profound connection between the gut and the brain. And there's a lot of research, not specifically in autism, but more generally in biology and neurobiology, about brain-gut connections. So that abnormalities in the gut -- inflammation, neurotransmitter differences -- can affect the way the brain functions.” Martha Herbert, MD, PhD, Assistant Professor of Neurology at Harvard Medical School

"I confess that I have prescribed magnesium sulfate tocolysis to dozens of women. I also am committed to changing my practice pattern in regard to this agent.”¬† Robert L. Barbieri, MD, Chairman, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Brigham And Women's Hospital, a teaching affiliate of Harvard Medical School

"The reason no one has been able to find a specific pathological cause or cure [for autism] is because it is multifactorial -- it seems that a combination of genetic, environmental, neurological, and inflammatory factors contribute to the development of autism." Emily Deans, MD, Clinical Instructor in Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School

“The neurobiology of autism and epilepsy, especially temporal lobe epilepsy, can be similar; that is, the integrity of the amygdala has been found to be compromised in both the disorders.” Neha Khetrapal, MA, University of Bielefeld

“A warm touch seems to set off the release of oxytocin, a hormone that helps create a sensation of trust, and to reduce levels of stress hormone cortisol.” Robert Brooks, PhD, Harvard Medical School

Death and serious adverse reactions, including increased heart rate, transient hyperglycemia, hypokalemia, cardiac arrhythmias, pulmonary edema, and myocardial ischemia have been reported after prolonged administration of oral or injectable terbutaline to pregnant women.  Food and Drug Administration

“It is not at all surprising then, that in my experience with over 5,000 out-of-sync children, most have sensory arousal issues. Furthermore, I have yet to see an autistic child without severe sensory modulation difficulties." Marlo Payne Thurman, MS, National Education Consultant

"Our study found a high overall incidence of photosensitivity in 25% of children over 15 years of age with autism spectrum disorder, and an even higher rate of 29% in that age group of children who had both epilepsy and autism." Jill Miller-Horn, MD, Harvard Medical School

"Cognitive flexibility is the hallmark of the whole solution!...We have to teach them to be lifetime learners, be fisherman rather than eating fish." Michael McManmon, EdD, founder of the College Internship Program

“there are individuals with autism who do find love, who do have sex lives, and experience the ups and downs of a relationship -- just like any other couple.” Lindsey Nebeker, self-advocate

"Remember, as our children age, they don't need our management and they don't even need our advice unless they ask for it. What they do need is our unyielding faith in their goodness and their ability to deal with whatever adversity may lie in their future.” Dan Gottlieb, PhD

USAAA WeeklyNews e-newsletter archive 2005-2012

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