logo - mls complex medical issues january

There are a number of co-occurring medical conditions associated with autism. Treatment of underlying medical conditions can improve a child's health, as well as their behavior, communication, and socialization. Many children benefit from a combination of medical treatment and targeted therapy. This month, TACA focuses on addressing many of these co-occurring medical issues while providing support to families.

Upcoming Events

Monday, January 17

6:30 PM CST / 7:30 PM EST

This is a new year and everyone is hungry for new ideas for their child with autism. Join us with your biggest concerns, topics that interest you, or daily struggles you may need help with. Come for referrals, advice, recipes, resources and learn from the experiences of others. All attendees will receive a Calendar Planning Tip Sheet to support their learning and advocacy for the year! Registration will close shortly before the event. An email with the log in information will be sent to you the day of the event.

Thursday, January 20

4:30 PM PST / 7:30 PM EST

TACA will host a virtual roundtable discussion about co-morbid medical issues found in autism. Hear from panelists about their families' experiences with navigating complex medical issues and working with doctors. Registration will close shortly before the event. An email with the log in information will be sent to you the day of the event.

Tuesday, January 25

10:00 AM HST / 12:00 PM PST

Families in the West (all regions welcome!) - Let’s get together virtually with TACA. Bring yourself and your great BIG dreams to share ideas to get started on your plan. All attendees will receive a Calendar Planning Tip Sheet to support their learning and advocacy for the year! Registration will close shortly before the event. An email with the log in information will be sent to you the day of the event.

Thursday, January 27

2:30 PM HST / 4:30 PM PST / 7:30 PM EST

Families of Teens and Adults! - Let’s get together virtually with TACA. Bring yourself and your great BIG dreams to share ideas to get started on your plan. This is a new year and everyone is hungry for new ideas for their loved one with autism. Join us with your biggest concerns, topics that interest you or daily struggles you may need help with. Come for referrals, advice, recipes, resources and learn from the experiences of others. We each can’t know everything, but when we come together great things happen! Registration will close shortly before the event. An email with the log in information will be sent to you the day of the event.

Free Online Learning - Now Thru January 31

with Theoharis Theoharides, BA, MS, MPhil, PhD, MD, FAAAAI

Dr. Theoharides has proposed that inflammation can occur in the amygdala due to activation of the mast cells, typically associated with allergic reactions, but also present in the brain where. they can be triggered by neuropeptides, stress, and toxins leading to activation of microglia.

Free Online Learning - Now Thru January 31

with Dan Rossignol, MD

Dr. Rossignol will present new studies that have been published in the last 2 years on treatments for autism. From over 10,000 published articles, the most relevant studies will be discussed. The reviewed studies include nutritional supplements, diets, and medications.

Articles

While autism was once believed to be solely a psychological disorder, studies now show that it has a biological basis with features of known medical disorders.

Finding a qualified and experienced doctor, though challenging, can make all the difference in your child’s health and future. Therefore, in this article, we offer suggestions to help parents find a doctor who can effectively identify and address any underlying medical issues their child may have.

In this article, you will find a list of documented behaviors associated with autism that are sometimes caused by underlying medical issues. This is not a comprehensive list. Rather, this is a list of medical causes that should be considered when assessing and treating a child with the outlined behaviors.

Seizures are a significant concern in autism because of their high prevalence and association with increased mortality and morbidity among individuals with autism.  Adding to this concern is that many symptoms of seizures look like the symptoms of autism, making it difficult to distinguish between the two.

Folate (vitamin B9) is very important to brain development. Current research is revealing that many kids with autism have low folate in their brains. This condition, called Cerebral Folate Deficiency, is treatable.

One of the most exciting areas of research in autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is in the role of mitochondrial function. Research studies looking at mitochondrial function in those with autism are transforming the way we think about the causes of autism and are pointing to medical therapies that could have a significant impact.

Lab testing is important because it helps doctors identify underlying medical issues as well as determine the best course for treatment.

Disclaimer

The Autism Community in Action (TACA) provides general information regarding medical research, treatment options, therapies and nutrition to the autism community. The information comes from a variety of sources and is not independently verified by TACA. Nothing presented in print or at meetings should be construed as medical or legal advice. Always consult your child's doctor regarding his or her individual needs.