Smoking or using nicotine patches during pregnancy increases ADHD risk
A new study indicates that women who smoke or use nicotine patches are at a higher risk of having a child with ADHD (attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder). The study’s authors emphasized that their findings do not mean nicotine causes ADHD as other factors like genetics may be involved.
More reasons to hire workers with autism
Blue Star Recyclers, a Colorado company, was set up to employ people with autism and other disabilities. Hiring people with disabilities is working well because: “In six years we’ve had no turnover, no absenteeism, no lost time accidents. And that’s unheard of in any industry,” Bill Morris, CEO of Blue Star said. Morris also stated,”Generally we see the negative aspects of autism, but autism has attributes like a propensity for systematic work, procedural work, repetitive tasks.” Read more about this intiative here.
Toddlers inability to maintain eye contact could be a sign of autism
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A University of Miami study investigated ways of diagnosing autism earlier. The researchers focused on babies who had a sibling with autism as they are considered at a high risk of developing this disorder.
The research examined the facial expressions of babies during their interactions with others. Babies who did not smile or show another positive expression during these interactions were more likely to develop autism.
“The ability to coordinate attention with another person without a smile, without an emotional component, seems to be particularly important for high-risk siblings in the development of ASD symptoms,” said first author Dr Devon Gangi.