EU says Ethiopia fighting destabilising region, urges ceasefire    UAE's ADGM to sign MOU with Israel's securities authority on fintech    Russia says it thwarted Islamic State attacks in Moscow region, detains one: RIA    Youthful Barca take care of Dynamo to seal knockout place    PSG revive Champions League chances with Neymar penalty    Cairo collision    Akhenaten performance at the Cairo Opera House is a must go    An advisory chamber    GERD: A point of order?    Leapfrogging the transport network    Golden opportunities    Keeping up with Covid-19    Steps towards Pan-Africanism    The Egyptian Oedipus    In their footsteps    Sarwa Capital participates in The Egypt Entrepreneurship Summit in Aswan    Cairo International Book Fair suspended for five months over coronavirus concerns    Egyptian Exchange leads COMESA in attracting foreign investments    Orascom-Mitsubishi consortium signs $800m contract for Cairo Metro Line 4    Japan can host Olympics despite virus spike: Tokyo governor    Ethiopia says 'large number' of Tigrayan fighters surrender    AstraZeneca novel COVID-19 vaccine can be 90% effective, results show    Polling stations open at home for 1st stage of Egyptian parliamentary run-offs    Egypt confirms 358 new coronavirus cases, 14 deaths on Saturday    G20 to discuss post-pandemic world, back debt relief    US will reduce number of its troop in Iraq, Afghanistan    Asia forms world's biggest trade bloc, a China-backed group excluding U.S    Egypt unveils largest archaeological discovery in 2020 with over 100 intact sarcophagi    Palestinians mourn the loss their longtime spokesman, Saeb Erekat    Trump says won't blame Egypt for being ‘upset' over GERD dispute with Ethiopia    1st stage of Egypt's parliamentary elections kicks off on Saturday    Global Finance: Egypt's Tarek Amer among the world's top 20 central bank governors    Legend footballer Lionel Messi says he is forced to stay with Barcelona    Egypt, Ethiopia, Sudan to resume Nile dam talks today    Iraqi conglomerate eyes developing land that housed Mubarak-era ruling party HQ    Legend Messi officially wants to leave Barcelona, hands transfer request    The Facebook Preacher's Search for Fame, and Egypt's Economy    Egypt calls on UNSC to address oil spill risks off Yemen coast    Egypt economically strong in face of COVID-19, reforms ongoing: International Cooperation Minister    Arafa Holding reports $144,000 COVID-19-related losses in April    Egypt's efforts in Libya to activate free will of Libyan people: Al-Sisi    Hyksos campaigns were internal takeover, not foreign invaders: study    COVID-19 affects Egypt sporting clubs    COVID-19 will soon turn to seasonal like swine flu: Presidential Health Advisor    ‘Egypt's Support' coalition convenes to discuss its Senate election list    Robbery attempt leads to discovery of Ptolemaic monuments in Qena    Flouting international guidance, Ethiopia unilaterally starts filling its Nile dam    Zaha speaks out after online racial abuse    







Thank you for reporting!
This image will be automatically disabled when it gets reported by several people.





Vitamins, omega-3 supplements improve autism symptoms
Published in Ahram Online on 13 - 10 - 2019

Researchers examined data from 27 trials involving a total of 1,028 children with autism spectrum disorder. Kids were randomly selected to take various dietary supplements, including vitamins or omega-3s, or to take a dummy pill instead.
Omega-3s and vitamin supplements were more effective than the placebo pill at improving several symptoms, functions, and clinical domains, researchers report in Pediatrics. Gains varied in the trials but included improved language and social skills, reduced repetitive behaviors, improved attention, less irritability and behavior difficulties, and better sleep and communication.
“These results suggest that some dietary interventions could play a role in the clinical management of some areas of dysfunction specific to ASD,” said Dr. David Fraguas, lead author of the study and a researcher at Hospital General Universitario Gregorio Maranon and Universidad Complutense de Madrid in Spain.
Even though the analysis was based on controlled experiments - the gold standard for testing the effectiveness of medical interventions - the individual studies were too varied in what supplements they tested and how they measured results to draw any broad conclusions about what type or amount of supplements might be ideal for children with autism, researchers note in Pediatrics.
“The underlying mechanisms involved in the potential efficacy of dietary interventions in autism spectrum disorder are unknown, Fraguas said by email. “Our study does not assess this important question and current literature is inconclusive.”
About 1 in 59 kids have autism spectrum disorder, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. It's much more often diagnosed in boys than in girls.
Early symptoms of autism can vary but may include repetitive behaviors like hand flapping or body rocking, extreme resistance to changes in routine, and sometimes aggression or self-injury. Behavioral, educational, speech and language therapy may help reduce the severity of symptoms in some children.
There are no medications that can cure autism or treat the main symptoms, but there are some drugs that can help children function better by improving symptoms like inattention, hyperactivity, depression, or seizures, according to the CDC.
While some therapists treating kids with autism advise parents to put children on special diets, rigorous scientific studies haven't proven that there's a good approach to recommend to all kids with autism, according to the CDC.
Complicating matters, children with autism may have a range of health issues related to food, according to the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. (bit.ly/2Vzw1Bg) They may, for example, be sensitive to the taste, smell, color, or texture of certain foods and eat a very limited selection of items or have difficulty focusing on meals. They might also be prone to constipation, or have medication interactions that impact their appetite.
Kids with autism shouldn't go on a special diet without first seeing a registered dietician nutritionist to ensure they're getting enough nutrients and calories to thrive, AND advises.
Even though vitamin and omega-3 supplements appeared to help children with autism in the current study, Fraguas agreed it's premature to advise parents to start giving kids these supplements.
“Currently, we cannot make a specific recommendation regarding dietary interventions as treatments for autism spectrum disorder,” Fraguas said.


Clic here to read the story from its source.