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A study of Autism with fMRI technique

Mental retardation with brain disorder is turning into a vital condition nowadays. The place is none other than the U.S, a first world country, where according to the CDC data report of the year 2008, 1 out of 88 children was found with autism, but according to the latest data report, 1 out of 68 is found with autistic impairments.

Therapies to treat Autism:

The parents of autistic children are advised to treat autism with therapies of

  • Behavioral intervention (to reduce social skill impairment)
  • Physical therapy (to reduce motor skill disorder)
  • Language therapy (to reduce non-verbal communication)
  • HBOT (Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy)

Researchers have gone through several parameters to understand why autism plays the role of chronic as well as an incurable disease. Nine years long research found that autism is strongly genetic. Besides genetic, many other parameters like, immune deficiency, hormonal imbalance (testosterone), fetal brain attacking antibodies in mothers’ womb are also responsible for this neuropsychiatric disorder.

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Neuronal Study with fMRI:

As autism or ASD is nothing but a chronic neurological disorder, so a close look of neurons or brain cells is also needed to get a better understanding. That’s why researchers have gone through fMRI (functional magnetic resonance imaging) study.

A study was published in Nature Neuroscience, which was done taking two groups of sample. One group of autistic individuals and another group of control participants.

So, what was the result of fMRI data?

Result:

Avital Hahamy, co-author of this study said, “From a young age, the average, typical person’s brain networks get molded by intensive interaction with people and the mutual environmental factors. Such shared experiences could tend to make the synchronization patterns in the control group’s resting brains more similar to each other”.

The result was very interesting. The data with functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) showed a typical difference between the neuronal connectivity of autistic individuals and that of control participants. The distorted connectivity of the people having autism is responsible for their abnormal behavioral patterns and social skill impairment with cognitive disabilities. The motor skill disorder is also found in them due to poor connectivity or the poor signal transduction of their impaired motor neurons.

He stated another statement for the typical autistic patients. He said, “It is possible that in ASD, as interactions with the environment are disrupted, each one develops a more uniquely individualistic brain organization pattern.”

It is also reported that, because of an increased connectivity with more synaptic junctions, an ASD brain differs from a normal brain of a control participant.

So, as we know the reason of autistic impairments, we must think how to reduce the autistic disabilities, because it can’t be cured, but we can control.

How to reduce Autistic disabilities:

Different therapies with their goals to treat autism, have been previously discussed. Another therapy is there and that is HBOT (Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy). Hyperbaric oxygen chambers are specially designed to carry out this therapy. The chambers are specially designed with monoplace and polyplace as well as portable facilities. Technically hyperbaric oxygen chambers are specially designed with the flash-through system to make a high atmospheric pressure of oxygen.

This therapy with the hyperbaric oxygen chambers, dissolves more than 10% of oxygen in blood. The more oxygenated blood will reach to an autistic brain to make better neuronal signal transduction by increasing the secretion of neurotransmitter.

FDA has not approved HBOT, only to treat autism, but it is reported by families and the parents having autistic children that, along with other therapies the oxygen therapy with hyperbaric oxygen chambers is effective for their children.

Taking A Sick Day and Husband Gets Mad

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I had my daughter home with me yesterday, with a stomach bug. I wasn’t feeling good during the day. Tired and sluggish. By the time my husband got home from work, my stomach was upset, and my head was hurting. I was also really tired. I went straight to bed when he got . . . → Read More: Taking A Sick Day and Husband Gets Mad

A Mother’s Memoir of Autism

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Love is Not Enough

A Mother’s Memoir of Autism, Madness, and Hope

When Jenny Lexhed and her husband have their first child, Lucas, they are living the dream. They’re happily married, they’ve just bought a house, the company they built together from the ground up is starting to blossom. But with the arrival of their . . . → Read More: A Mother’s Memoir of Autism

Keep Your Pets Safe This Holiday

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Best Friends Animal Society Offers Tips

 

to Keep Your Pets Safe This Holiday Season

 

 

The hustle and bustle of the holidays can have an impact on everyone in the household, including your pets. Many traditions such as foods, decorations and plants that may seem harmless can be dangerous and even life-threatening . . . → Read More: Keep Your Pets Safe This Holiday

Having Trouble Sleeping and Venting

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I’m up late tonight. I can’t get my mind to shut down, so I decided to try putting all my thoughts into a blog post. I’ve had a few nights over the last few weeks, of having trouble sleeping. My main worry, however, isn’t those few nights. My main concern is that I’ve been so . . . → Read More: Having Trouble Sleeping and Venting

Empowering Autism Worldwide

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When I first met Gina, I was 16 years old. She was 12. I entered her group home and walked up the stairs. She examined me, then reached out her hand, touched the arm of my black jacket with a peace sign on it, and said “girl.” From that moment, Gina and . . . → Read More: Empowering Autism Worldwide

Terminal Restraint: Disabled Adults Killed

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The following is copy of part of an article that was shared with me in a comment. Please click over and read the whole thing. Stories like these are the main reason that I fear my son ever having to be in a long-term care facility.

 

They grabbed him, gave him a sedative and . . . → Read More: Terminal Restraint: Disabled Adults Killed

BAKERY SERVES UP SUCCESS STORIES FOR ADULTS WITH AUTISM

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(PRESS RELEASE)Chicago, IL – Autism organization Have Dreams and ILOVESWEETS Bakery have created a recipe for success with a new workplace training program that helps give young adults with autism a pathway to employment. Have Dream’s pilot program – Have Dreams Academy – began this summer in Evanston, Illinois. The program introduced three young adults . . . → Read More: BAKERY SERVES UP SUCCESS STORIES FOR ADULTS WITH AUTISM

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