The rates of autism have increased over the years where 1 in 68 children in the US are diagnosed with this disease (CDC, 2016). Autism has a psychiatric diagnosis based on specific behavioral symptoms. Evidence is showing that the manifestations of autism arise from chronic systemic and neuroinflammation. Understanding this connection is critical for us to be able to diagnose and treat children with autism. The pathology of neuroinflammation in chronic degenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s is like the pathology in those children studied with autism. If we have children with degenerative neurological disease, we have serious issues as these children grow into adulthood.
Goals and Objectives:
- Understand the underlying neuropathology of autism
- Understand that autism has both systemic and neuroinflammation
- Discuss how neuroinflammation in autism correlates with symptoms
- Discuss the similarity of neuropathology between autism and adult neurodegenerative diseases and the implication of this information.
Length: 53 minutes
Presenter: Dr. Debby Hamilton
Terms: This course is subject to future edits and alterations
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