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Dr. Johanna Fricke
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Autism (Definition)

Autism is a neurodevelopmental disorder affecting three areas: abnormal socialization, communication, and restricted interests with repetitive patterns of behavior. It is usually detected in the first two years of life. Cause is unknown but strong evidence points to an interplay between genetic and environmental factors. Patients with autism may display significant delays in certain developmental areas while having normal or superior strengths in other developmental or learning domains. The severity of the disorder is highly variable ...Read more


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Can a pregnant woman's use of Effexor (venlafaxine) cause autism in the baby?

Can a pregnant woman's use of Effexor (venlafaxine) cause autism in the baby?

No evidence found: No peer-reviewed scientific studies implicate venlafaxine as a teratogen or an epigenetic factor in autism. Venlafaxine, an snri, & most ssri antidepressants. Are class c because their use during the 3rd trimester may cause transient withdrawal-type symptoms in a neonate vs. A 67% recurrence of maternal depression if withdrawn abruptly. Lawyers can and do attack drug companies without evidence. ...Read more

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What causes one to develop autism? Is it something the child is born with? Is their anything a pregnant woman can do to help prevent this?

What causes one to develop autism? Is it something the child is born with? Is their anything a pregnant woman can do to help prevent this?

Mostly genetic: The strongest evidence is that genes comprise a much bigger part of the pie influencing this outcome. There is a variety of evidence that only weakly finds the environment causal e.g. diet and vaccines. But of course, being selective about wholesome foods and lifestyle preferences e.g. exercise, being aware of medications that are safe during pregnancy, and for the baby later on is top job. ...Read more

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What can snoting ritalin and drinking beer often do to a baby well a women is pregnant can this cause autism she was snoting ritalin every weekend and not sure how much she drank but people told me she was drinking was just woudering if this is why my son

Children with FASD's: Can have other neurodevelopmental or genetic disorders. Also, alcohol can cause abnormal fetal brain development. When frontal lobes are damaged, deficits in executive functions ( the ceo of the brain) can cause behaviors that look autistic in young kids. If < 3, he needs to be assessed by your stare's early intervention program; 3-5, call child find of your public school district. See below. ...Read more

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Are some antiepileptic medications known to cause birth defects or autism in a 22 week pregnancy?

Are some antiepileptic medications known to cause birth defects or autism in a 22 week pregnancy?

Antiepileptic: Yes, this is something you need to discuss with your ob. Monitoring can be done, to help determine if there are any anomalies.. Do not just stop the medication though, because seizures can cause a bigger problem for the fetus. ...Read more

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Is it harmful to have high folic acid levels in body prior to getting pregnant? I have read high folic acid prior to pregnancy my cause autism, true?

Is it harmful to have high folic acid levels in body prior to getting pregnant? I have read high folic acid prior to pregnancy my cause autism, true?

No, it is not.: There is no clear data supporting a toxic Folic Acid side effect. The only situation where it me be potentially deleterious is pernicous anemia, if it is given without B12 vitamin. ...Read more

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Did extreme emotional stress during pregnancy cause birth defects or autism in the baby?

Did extreme emotional stress during pregnancy cause birth defects or autism in the baby?

Stress: Streas has not truly been shown to be associated with any pregnancy issues. How stress affects the pregnant mothers sleep & eating patterns might effect fetal growth, but otherwise should not contribute to birth defects or autism. ...Read more

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How can autism be diagnosed while pregnancy?

How can autism be diagnosed while pregnancy?

Confusing question: Are you referring to mom or baby ? If baby, there are some emerging studies that have detected patterns of genetic code alterations in autistic kids who have an affected sibling. These small insertions or deletions of genetic code may be amenable to prenatal diagnosis in a few years but would not pick up every case.At this point we are unable to define who or why a kid will develop the pattern. ...Read more

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Dr. Andrew Berry
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Pregnancy (Definition)

When your due date arrives, you will be more than ready to have your baby! Most women deliver the baby somewhere between 37 and 42 weeks. According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, only 5% of babies arrive on the exact due date. Approximately 7% of babies are not delivered by 42 weeks, and when that happens, it is referred to ...Read more


Dr. Johanna Fricke
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Autism Spectrum Disorder (Definition)

Autism spectrum disorder, also called pervasive developmental disorder (PDD), is a type of condition that includes life-long impairment in the ability to communicate and to have normal social interactions. These include ...Read more