Saturday, 30 August 2014

Under-recognised co-occurring conditions in autism

A brief post to direct you to the paper by Nicolaidis and colleagues [1] talking about primary care for adults on the autism spectrum and mention of an issue quite important to this blog: "the recognition of associated conditions".
"When 900 years old you reach, look as good you will not".

Alongside the announcement of what seems like an interesting workshop organised by the US IACC (Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee) titled: "IACC Workshop on Under-Recognized Co-Occurring Conditions in ASD", comorbidity, whether psychiatric or more somatic, appearing alongside a diagnosis of autism seems to be moving up the agenda. The fact that both children and adults with autism are covered in the growing interest in this area is an important point to make, particularly in light of recent discussions on the direction of autism research (see here).

I'll leave you, yet again, with a link to the document produced by the UK group Treating Autism titled: "Medical Comorbidities in Autism Spectrum Disorders" which provides a pretty good overview of the peer-reviewed literature in this area, and importantly, is free to view, download and share.

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[1] Nicolaidis C. et al. Primary Care for Adults on the Autism Spectrum. Med Clin North Am. 2014 Sep;98(5):1169-1191.

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ResearchBlogging.org Nicolaidis C, Kripke CC, & Raymaker D (2014). Primary Care for Adults on the Autism Spectrum. The Medical clinics of North America, 98 (5), 1169-1191 PMID: 25134878