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  • "Mom, Dad, what's wrong with me?" Michael Moscariello was a smart, thoughtful 10-year-old when that question burst out one evening before dinner. ... May Moscariello, Michael's mom, had taken him to Franciscan Hospital for Children in Boston three years earlier, in 1988.

  • Scientists from the University of Cambridge and the Statens Serum Institute in Copenhagen, Denmark have discovered that children who later develop autism are exposed to elevated levels of steroid hormones (for example testosterone, progesterone and cortisol) in the womb. The finding may help explain why autism is more common in males than females, but should not be used to screen for the condition.

  • Several studies have looked at possible links between maternal obesity during pregnancy and the risk of developmental disorders in the child. However, paternal obesity could be a greater risk factor than maternal obesity, according to a new study from the Norwegian Institute of Public Health.

  • ​Emergency departments may not be the best choice for persons suffering from severe mental illness or emotional distress. According to a new qualitative study by DePaul University School of Nursing researchers, persons in a mental health crisis may be better served in an alternative recovery-oriented, homelike environment instead of a traditional emergency department.

  • Researchers at Karolinska Institutet in Sweden have developed a new screening tool to facilitate the diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder in adults. The test is presented in the scientific journal Molecular Autism and is unique in that researchers have, as part of their evaluation, compared the group diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder with psychiatric patients.

  • "ReAttach" is a new intervention, based on "attachment". Practical research has pointed out that the "ReAttach therapy" can be of great importance for people with autism. This is concluded from the continuous practical research of Paula Bartholomeus into the advantages that can be reached for people with Asperger's syndrome, PDD-NOS, autism spectrum disorder, or with a mental disability and autism, using the ReAttach therapy.