autism

What to know about skin picking

People may pick their skin occasionally. For example, they might itch a scab or pop a pimple. However, occasional skin picking can develop into a chronic behavior called skin picking disorder, or excoriation disorder. The exact cause of skin picking disorder remains unknown. That said, it may develop alongside other…

Study: Signs of autism may show up as early as first month

The first signs of autism may be visible as early as the first month of a child’s life, according to a study published Wednesday in the scientific journal Nature. “These are the earliest signs of autism ever observed,” says lead study author Warren Jones. Researchers at the Marcus Autism Center…

Breastfeeding Possible Deterrent to Autism

In an article appearing in Medical Hypotheses on September 20, a New York-based physician-researcher from the Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine has called for the testing of umbilical cord blood for levels of a growth protein that could help predict an infant’s propensity to later develop autism. Based on an…

QUANTUM UNITS EDUCATION: New CE Credits from our APA Approved Sponsor

Quantum Units Education has added 8 new CE Courses to our APA Sponsor approved category. These courses are for APA Approval Only. Certificates issued for these courses will bear the name of our APA approved sponsor TeachMe Professional Development, a subsidiary owned by Quantum. Be sure to check our newly,…

Potential Role of ‘Love Hormone’ Oxytocin in Brain Function Revealed

In a loud, crowded restaurant, having the ability to focus on the people and conversation at your own table is critical. Nerve cells in the brain face similar challenges in separating wanted messages from background chatter. A key element in this process appears to be oxytocin, typically known as the…