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Doctor insights on: Is There A Connection Between Congenital Anosmia And Autism

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Are there any types of support animals available for sufferers of congenital anosmia?

Are there any types of support animals available for sufferers of congenital anosmia?

Yes: Here are the websites for 2 support groups for anosmia in general. http://health.groups.yahoo.com/group/anosmia/ http://www.Anosmiafoundation.Com/intro.Shtml. ...Read more

Dr. Johanna Fricke
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Autism Spectrum Disorder (Definition)

ASD are a spectrum of disorders of varying degrees that are characterized by difficulties in social interaction, verbal and nonverbal communication and repetitive behaviors. Autism statistics from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) identify around 1 in 68 American children as ...Read more


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Is there a connection between which vaccine you take and autism?

Is there a connection between which vaccine you take and autism?

Zero = None: Dr wakefield is a british adult GI doc that took 8 autistic kids lawyers sent him, did various tests ; published a paper in 1998 proposing a link to the mmr.He was paid well ; stood to make millions on tests he patented.A trial in the us showed his research was faked ; no link of vaccines to autism. He lost his license.In the years since, the fake research is still cited by vaccine haters as valid. ...Read more

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Is there a connection between having shingles while pregnant & it causing autism in the baby?

No: There are no approved or documented studies, publications that prove any relationship between shingles during gestation and autism. The prevalence of autism is about 1-2/1000 people worldwide and the (cdc) report 20 per 1, 000 children in the United States are diagnosed with autism as of 2012 (up from 11 per 1000 in 2008). ...Read more

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Is it possible for a child to be born with autism without any familial genetic connection?

Is it possible for a child to be born with autism without any familial genetic connection?

Yes: See the website mindinstitute.Org. Epigenetic influences like certain viruses & toxins can change the function of fetal genes without changing gene structure. In some instances this causes the set-up for autism. One human study correlates with animal studies. Moms who had fever for a week or more with the flu/other virus had a 3x higher risk of having a child with autism. More studies are needed. ...Read more

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Does yeast in the stool have any connection to autism?

Does yeast in the stool have any connection to autism?

Yeast: Yeast can commonly be found in the stool. It has not scientifically been shown to relate to autism. ...Read more

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Are there any possible connections between bacteria and autism?

Are there any possible connections between bacteria and autism?

Yes, many possible: There's no consensus & more research is needed but there's intriguing evidence of a connection between Lyme disease & autism; many women with undiagnosed Lyme may transmit it in utero & their babies may develop autism.Antibiotic treatment has caused dramatic improvement in some autistic children.See http://bit.ly/1lkjGFR There's also evidence intestinal bacteria play a role: http://bit.ly/1kUnUIW ...Read more

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I was given a rubella vax just after my son was born. I then nursed him for months. He since has been diagnosed with autism. Connection?

I was given a rubella vax just after my son was born. I then nursed him for months. He since has been diagnosed with autism. Connection?

No: There is no connection between vaccines and autism. There is misinformation from many people about this, including from some non-medical hollywood celebrities. The one researcher who claimed this initially later admitted he falsified the results. ...Read more

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Has anyone ever heard of a connection between having certain viral infections while pregnant, and so causing autism in the baby?

Has anyone ever heard of a connection between having certain viral infections while pregnant, and so causing autism in the baby?

Yes.: Exposure to the rubella virus during pregnancy definitely increases risk of autism (along with mamy other problems), and cytomegalovirus also may increase risk. This is quite different from the controversies about vaccines for viruses causing autism, which has repeatedly disproven. ...Read more

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Is dysautonima genetic? Is there any relation between autism, dysautonomia and gluten intolerance? My mom also has macrobacterium avium. Connections?

Many questions: There is familial dysautomia but uncertain about the other other associations. Some cases with gluten have been reported. Mycobacterium avium is an infectious disease and not related to the other conditions. Gluten is a different condition also. There is intolerance to gluten and treatment involves a gluten free diet. ...Read more

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Can autism child ever get better?

Yes: Hope should never be lost with this kids, and patience. However, like everyone else, they have a "ceiling" which should not be construed as a barrier to help them reach the closest to their full potential; everybody has limitations and areas of better performance. ...Read more

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Why do kids with autism like to count things?

Why do kids with autism like to count things?

Autism: Part of autism as a disorder includes a preoccupation with repetitive activities, such as repeating the same words, phrases, and actions, e.g., counting. Any deviation from this routine can be very bothersome to the person. ...Read more

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Can autism make a child violent or aggressive?

Yes: But keep in mind most people with autism are not aggressive. Aggressive episodes can be triggered by changes in routine, overwhelming anxiety, someone not allowing the person to engage in his or her desired behavior, or being in pain (e.g. Having an ear infection). Aggression in autism can also sometimes take the form of the person being aggressive to him/herself (self injurious behavior). ...Read more

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Why do some people believe autism can be cured?

Things can improve: Although there is no "cure" for the autism spectrum disorders, children can show some significant improvement in their symptoms with intensive therapy. Communication and speech and language therapy, social skills groups and a specialized therapy know as aba therapy can help improve symptoms and enhance quality of life. It is difficult and time comsuming (and sometimes expensive) but can help! ...Read more

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How do the symptoms of autism change over time?

How do the symptoms of autism change over time?

Depends on child: Like all of us, children with autism continue to develop over time both physically and mentally. Puberty can have an especially profound effect--good or bad--both because of increased size and because of emerging cognitive skills. In general, aggressive behaviors grow less as children age into adults, but social interactions and language may actually diminish over time. ...Read more

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What can I do to help my brother who has autism?

What can I do to help my brother who has autism?

Be there. : Best way to help your brother is to be a support system for him. Provide him support and be there for him. Understand the illness and what he is going through and educate yourself on it. ...Read more

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How can you connect with a child who has autism?

It depends: Focus on what you know are the child's preferences, likes, and wants. Maybe its a toy, activity, or snack--have the child gain access to that item when they engage with you. This will pair your interaction with something they already like---something reinforcing. Some great reading are the book written by drs. Patricia krantz and lynn mcclannahan. They have great strategies. ...Read more

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Can i go to the army even after autism diagnosis?

Autism: Although I do not see Autism specifically listed under list of mental health disqualifying conditions, the following applies: "Current or history of other mental disorders (all 290–319 not listed above) that in the opinion of the civilian or military provider will interfere with, or prevent satisfactory performance of military duty, are disqualifying." See: ...Read more

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Dr. Johanna Fricke
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Autism (Definition)

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 ...Read more


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Lack Of Sense Of Smell (Definition)

Lack of sense of smell is a clinical finding in which a person lacks the ability to detect odors and likely also has impaired ability to taste. This can occur due to nerve injury, sinus or nasal ...Read more