Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Probiotic Therapy Alleviates Autism-Like Behaviors in Mice

From Science Daily (12/5):

Probiotic Therapy Alleviates Autism-Like Behaviors in Mice

..."Traditional research has studied autism as a genetic disorder and a disorder of the brain, but our work shows that gut bacteria may contribute to ASD-like symptoms in ways that were previously unappreciated," says Professor of Biology Sarkis K. Mazmanian. "Gut physiology appears to have effects on what are currently presumed to be brain functions."....

Katie Couric's discussion on HPV vaccine sparks backlash

Why can't we talk about pluses AND minuses of vaccines??

From Los Angeles Times (tiered subscription model) (12/5), The Washington Times (12/5):

Katie Couric's discussion on HPV vaccine sparks backlash

On her talk show, journalist Katie Couric hosted two mothers who said they lost their daughters after they received the human papillomavirus vaccine, as well as Dr. Diane Harper, a lead researcher in the development of HPV vaccines Gardasil and Cervarix. Harper claimed that the vaccine's effectiveness wanes after five years, contradicting CDC data showing no evidence of waning protection. Couric was criticized for offering a platform to the anti-vaccine movement.,0,4561911.story#axzz2n7rxZCnU

Healthy food options in schools can improve students' eating habits

From HealthDay News (11/14):

Healthy food options in schools can improve students' eating habits

The introduction of three or more changes in school-nutrition practices and policies was associated with an increased consumption of fruits, vegetables and whole grains among students, according to a study of 55 middle schools in Michigan. Students from schools that implemented these changes also had greater intake of fiber, vitamins A and C, and calcium, researchers reported on the website of Childhood Obesity.

Probiotics may curb odds of necrotizing enterocolitis in preemies

The Herald Sun (11/19):

Probiotics may curb odds of necrotizing enterocolitis in preemies

In a study of 1,100 premature infants born in Australia and New Zealand, researchers found that the supplementation of breast milk with probiotic formula was associated with a reduced risk of an inflammatory bowel disorder called necrotizing enterocolitis. "It's the world's biggest study (on necrotizing enterocolitis) and it really puts to sleep the whole question that probiotics can help reduce NEC," said study co-author Suzanne Garland. The findings were published in the journal Pediatrics.

Direct Evidence From the CDC that Vaccines Cause Food Allergies

Direct Evidence From the CDC that Vaccines Cause Food Allergies

Se article via link below:

American with IVIG approval

Dr. Szakacs and Dr. O'Hara do NOT prescribe IVIG but American Outcomes may be helpful if you are having difficulty with getting IVIG approved. American Outcomes has been helpful to some of our families.

Even low levels of air pollution may raise risk of low birth weight

From Health Day News (10/15):

In a review of 14 studies involving more than 74,000 women, researchers found that all types of air pollution, particularly fine particulate matter, were associated with higher risk of having babies with low birth weight and smaller head circumference. For every increase of 5 micrograms per cubic meter in pregnant women's exposure to fine particulate matter, the likelihood of having a low birth weight infant rose by 18%, according to the review published in The Lancet Respiratory Medicine.

Calpol and asthma

From Mail Online (9/15):

Children who are given Calpol are far more likely to develop asthma, a major study has found. Over the past 50 years the number of children developing asthma in Britain has more than doubled, but experts are divided over the causes.

Calpol is a brand of children's medicine sold in the UK, Ireland, India, Cyprus, Hong Kong and the Philippines. The main product is a paracetamol (called acetaminophen in the United States) suspension. It is usually a coloured syrup with a sweet taste, and is used to treat fever and pain. The Calpol brand was owned by Mark Profad, the president of the company and Paul Knott, his vice president. Calpol also comes in a form containing ibuprofen, marketed under the name Calprofen.

Monday, October 28, 2013

Prenatal intake of certain fatty acids may reduce wheezing risk in babies

From MedWire News (U.K.) (10/10):

Prenatal intake of certain fatty acids may reduce wheezing risk in babies

High levels of eicosapentenoic acid and docosahexenoic acid during pregnancy was linked to a reduced likelihood of wheezing in babies between 23 months and 29 months of age, a Japanese study in the Annals of Epidemiology showed. Researchers found no evidence that mothers' cholesterol, intake of other fatty acids, ratio of n-3 to n-6 polyunsaturated fatty acid consumption, or meat and fish intake were associated with infant wheezing.

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Risk of mood disorder higher in young people with prior head trauma...and treatment with HBOT

From (10/17):

Risk of mood disorder higher in young people with prior head trauma

Almost 3% of teens and young adults who sustained a traumatic brain injury developed mood disorders during the five years following their injury, compared to 1.52% among those without prior TBI, according to a study in the Journal of Pediatrics. Patients who suffered from head trauma were also more likely to be diagnosed with depression. Researchers found that among TBI patients, men were more likely to get develop mood disorders between ages 15 to 19 and women between ages 20 to 24.

Full article:

In addition to other uses, Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) has been shown to decrease inflammation due to head trauma and post-concussive injuries. HBOT is the medical use of oxygen at a level higher than atmospheric pressure. It significantly increases the partial pressure of oxygen in the body tissues and promotes increased oxygen transport capacity of the blood. By increasing the amount of oxygen rich blood, HBOT stimulates the body to release substances that promote healing.

We have a hard chamber unit in our CT office and soft chambers available for home rentals. If you are interested in HBOT, please call Dr. O'Hara or Dr. Szakacs at 203-834-2813. For more information and articles on HBOT visit our website at:

Fall Newsletter

Our Fall 2013 Newsletter is out!

Check your inbox or click on the link below.

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Special Needs classes available at the Darien YMCA

For our local families...

The Darien YMCA has space available in their special needs classes.

Message from the Darien Y:
There is still time to join in the fun! There are six more classes in the fall session and we have openings in Music & Movement for ages 4-8, Sports Skill Builder for ages 6-10, and Zumba for ages 10-teens. Each class has a prorated cost of $75. For more information click here:

Eczema severity in children linked to more chronic health problems

From (6/22):

U.S. researchers looked at more than 90,000 children and teens and found that those with severe eczema were at greater risk for asthma, bleeding gums and toothaches than those without the skin condition. Higher eczema severity was also associated with impaired overall health as well as poor sleep, according to the study published in the journal Pediatric Allergy and Immunology.

The vaccine debate

Why is the debate still raging over whether vaccines cause autism? One of the main reasons is the complete liability protection Congress gave vaccine manufacturers and doctors back in 1986 in the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Act.

Our position remains that although vaccines do not cause autism, they often play a role in the "dis-ease" of our children.

Check out this 5 min. video on the subject:

Congress will hold hearings beginning in November on the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program.

Please share this with friends, family and your members of Congress.

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

An Evening of Inspiration

See what our friends at Epidemic Answers are doing...

Prenatal and perinatal analgesic exposure and autism: an ecological link

From Environ Health (5/9): Prenatal and perinatal analgesic exposure and autism: an ecological link

The synchronous rises in autism/ASD prevalence and paracetamol (acetaminophen aka. Tylenol) use, as well as biologic plausibility have led to the hypothesis that paracetamol exposure may increase autism/ASD risk.

Arsenic in apple juice

From AAP:

Arsenic in Apple Juice

On July 12th, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration proposed a new "action level" for inorganic arsenic in apple juice of 10 parts per billion, the same level set by the Environmental Protection Agency for drinking water. The FDA tested hundreds of samples of apple juice for arsenic and found the overall level of arsenic is low. Because a small proportion of samples had higher levels of arsenic, the FDA is proposing the new action level. The FDA is not recommending any change in juice consumption and has emphasized that the data show it is safe for children and adults to drink apple juice.

The AAP is reminding parents that it is not necessary to offer children any juice to have a well-balanced, healthy diet. For years, the AAP has recommended limited intake of all sweet beverages, including juice, to reduce the risk of poor nutrition, obesity and childhood cavities. If parents want to include juice in their children’s diet, juice should be limited to 4 to 6 ounces a day for children ages 1 to 6 years, and 8 to 12 ounces a day for children age 7 and older. Children should be encouraged to eat whole fruits to meet their recommended daily fruit intake.

Related links:

FDA Report:

AAP Press Statement:

Information for parents:
• Arsenic in Apple Juice:
• Arsenic: Health Effects and Exposure:

Abigail's Autism Recovery Story

Check out the link below to see a beautiful recovery story from one of our patients.

Dr. O'Hara's upcoming lectures


September 24, 2013
1-2 pm
TACA Webinar
For more information visit
October 3, 2013
MAPS Conference
Tampa, FL
For more information visit
October 4, 2013
MAPS Conference
Tampa, FL
Intro to Methylation, Transsulfuration and Oxidative Stress in Autism
For more information visit
October 4, 2013
MAPS Conference
Tampa, FL
Case Studies
For more information visit
October 5, 2013
Maestro's Restaurant
Tampa, FL
Epidemic Answers: Canary Kids
Recovering from the 4 A's: Autism, Allergies, Asthma and ADD/ADHD
For more information visit
October 22, 2013
1-2 pm
TACA Webinar
For more information visit
October 23, 2013
ARI Webinar
Ask the Doctor
For more information visit
November 12, 2013
1-2 pm
TACA Webinar
Think Twice: Interventions that may not be appropriate for your child
For more information visit
November 15-17, 2013
NAA's National Autism Conference
St. Pete Beach, FL
For more information visit
December 10, 2013
1-2 pm
TACA Webinar
Stress: How stress affects individuals with autism
For more information visit
January 13, 2014
Norwalk, CT
For more information visit Norwalk SPED Partners at
March 31, 2014
The Lighthouse Voc-Ed Center/ Grace Curtis Conference
Groton, CT
The Medical Problems of Children with Autism: from A to Zinc
For more information visit

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Breast-feeding linked to reduced ADHD risk

From Medical News Today (5/16):

Babies who were breast-fed at 3 months and 6 months of age were less likely to be diagnosed with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder between 6 years and 12 years, according to an Israeli study published in the journal Breastfeeding Medicine.

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Help TACA win $10,000 to provide scholarships to children living with autism.

Help TACA win $10,000 to provide scholarships to children living with autism.

TACA has been selected by Clearinghouse CDFI as one of 10 finalists to receive a $10,000 donation.

But they need your help!

Cast your vote once a day until August 11, 2013 11:59:59 a.m. PST.

Autism Epidemic Linked to Epidemic of Vaccine Induced Diabetes

From Wall Street Journal (7/12/13): Autism Epidemic Linked to Epidemic of Vaccine Induced Diabetes

We need to keep the dialogue open about vaccine induced auto immune disease, including autism.

The full article can be found at

Compounding is in jeopardy...

Compounding is in jeopardy...

URGENT UPDATE: Proponents of bill S.959 are pushing for a vote this week.

The Senate is trying to pass a bill that would heavily affect compounding and access to compounded medications for patients. Please share this information...

Legislation has been proposed that could create an environment that would unduly restrict access to personalized (also known as compounded) medications, even when they provide the best treatment options for patients, as determined by their physicians. You can make a difference if you act right now and oppose Senate bill S.959. Legislators need to hear from those who would be affected by any policy or law that does not reflect the importance of personalized medicine.

The link below is a website full of information on who to contact

8/7/13 update:  Even though proponents of Senate Bill 959 (legislation relating to compounding) pushed for considerations of the legislation this week, the bill has been delayed and will be voted on sometime after Labor Day. Congress is out of session until September 9.

AAP issues updated guidelines for treating bacterial sinusitis

from (6/23):

AAP issues updated guidelines for treating bacterial sinusitis

Clinicians should not use x-rays to confirm diagnosis of acute bacterial sinusitis and have an option to wait up to three days before treating the most common presentation of the disease, the AAP said. The updated guidelines were published in the journal Pediatrics.

Probiotics use may cut risk of C. difficile-associated diarrhea

From (5/30):

Probiotics use may cut risk of C. difficile-associated diarrhea

A review of 23 studies found that probiotic use was associated with a 64% lower risk of diarrhea caused by Clostridium difficile infection. Patients who used probiotics were also 20% less likely to experience C. difficile-related adverse effects including flatulence, nausea and cramping. The findings were reported in The Cochrane Collaboration.

Flu during pregnancy may put children at risk for bipolar disorder

From WebMD/HealthDay News (5/8):

Flu during pregnancy may put children at risk for bipolar disorder

Getting the flu while pregnant was associated with an almost fourfold increased risk of having a child who developed bipolar disorder, according to a study in the journal JAMA Psychiatry. An inflammatory response or fever may explain the link between maternal influenza and the higher risk, the study author said.

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Proposed legislation may seriously restrict access to compounded medication.

Learn more and take action:

The Senate HELP Committee has proposed a Bill called the "Pharmaceutical Compounding Quality and Accountability Act" or Senate Bill 959 (S.959), which has significant implications for the Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) community and may restrict access to compounded medications you have come to rely on.

If enacted, sterile compounds may be difficult or even impossible to obtain such as;
• Glutathione
• Methyl B12

Non-sterile personalization of medications which make prescriptions easier for your child to take may be harder to get such as;
• capsules and tablets made without allergy inducing fillers or excipients
• creams
• liquid forms

The Bill is a reaction to the tragedy at the New England Compounding Center (NECC) who produced contaminated injectable medication which resulted in patient deaths and others contracting meningitis. Safety is of the utmost importance and the attempt to address this tragedy should be applauded.

Bill S. 959 could limit your Physicians and Pharmacists ability to provide you with the solutions your child needs.

Under the provisions of S.959 could
• force Compounding Pharmacies to give up sterile compounding, or to limit sales within the states in which they are located
• give the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) extensive power making it much harder for your doctor to modify medications to meet the specific needs of ASD patients.
• give FDA further authority to require doctors to provide justification and documentation before they can authorize the formulations ASD patients need and the authority to make it harder or even possibly delaying or denying treatment for your children.

Please visit for more information and to contact your Senators and Representatives to voice your opposition to S.959.

Thursday, June 13, 2013

NAA Helping Hand Program

Exciting News from the National Autism Association

NAA has announced that they are now accepting applications for their Helping Hand Program which provides grant funding for medical treatment, lab testing, medications and supplements not covered by insurance. Funding for this program is limited, and will be awarded only to families who are in dire need of financial assistance.

For grant guidelines, complete details and the Helping Hand application form, please click on the link below.

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Azithromycin not associated with increased cardiovascular risk in the general population

From ACP Internist (5/7):

Azithromycin was not associated with an increased risk of death from cardiovascular causes in a general population of young and middle-aged adults, a Danish study found

Thursday, June 6, 2013

Prenatal valproate exposure linked to increased autism risk

From HealthDay News (4/23), Reuters (4/23):

Children born to mothers who took valproate while pregnant had an almost threefold increased risk of having an autism spectrum disorder, a Danish study found. In some mothers who took the epilepsy drug during their pregnancy, the risk of having a child with autism was more than four times greater. The findings, based on 656,000 children born in Denmark between 1996 and 2006, appear in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Propranolol may help improve the language abilities and social functioning of people with autism

From NewsMax Health (4/17)

Research by University of Missouri-Columbia investigators has determined propranolol may help improve the language abilities and social functioning of people with autism who typically have difficulty communicating with others because they process language, facial expressions, and social cues differently.

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

TACA CT "Ask the Doctor" with Nancy O'Hara, MD & Gail Szakacs, MD "Next Steps"- 7/23/13 @ 9:30 am

TACA CT "Ask the Doctors" with Nancy O'Hara, MD & Gail Szakacs, MD
Next Steps and Tough Nuts

July 23, 2013
Waveny House

New Canaan, CT
yellow room, upstairs

Hosted and moderated by TACA CT - Judi Anders, Michelle Moor and Gabriella True


TACA CT "Ask the Doctor" with Nancy O'Hara, MD & Gail Szakacs, MD "Biomedical Beginnings" 7/17/13 @9:30am

TACA CT "Ask the Doctors" with Nancy O'Hara, MD & Gail Szakacs, MD
Biomedical Beginnings

July 17, 2013
Waveny House

New Canaan, CT
yellow room, upstairs

Hosted and moderated by TACA CT - Judi Anders, Michelle Moor and Gabriella True


Dr. O'Hara will be hosting TACA Webinar for TACA Members 7/30/13 @ 1pm

For more information visit

Dr. O'Hara will be hosting TACA Webinar for TACA Mentors 6/18/13 @ 1pm

For more information about the TACA Mentor Program visit

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Concussions can have lasting impact on children's cognition, sleep

From News (4/19):

Sixty-one percent of 3,740 children who suffered a concussion reported a decline in their grades while in recovery, researchers from the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia found. Another study showed a substantial correlation between post-concussion symptoms and the severity of insomnia. Both studies were presented at the American Medical Society of Sports Medicine meeting.

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Upcoming events on Tuesday, May 21st...

Ask the Doctor with Dr. Nancy O'Hara hosted by TACA CT (Judi Anders, Michelle Moor and Gabriella True)

New Environment, New Challenges
Autism, ADHD, Allergies, Asthma, Celiac, IBS, Depression, Anxiety, OCD, PANDAS/PANS

Have questions about the biomedical world? Whether you are new to the biomedical world or have been on this path for some time, here is your chance to ask questions and gain perspective from a practitioner who specializes in biomedical treatments and strategies.

May 21, 2013
Waveny House
New Canaan, CT


For more information and to RSVP, please visit: local-chapters/northeast/ connecticut/

Dr. O'Hara Lecture - PANDAS/PANS sponsored by National Autism Assoc. - NY Chapter

May 21, 2013
Rebecca School
40 E. 30th St.
5th floor gym
New York, NY


For more information visit

Sleep apnea linked to learning, behavioral problems

From (3/29):

Data from the Tucson Children's Assessment of Sleep Apnea Study involving 263 children in Arizona showed greater parent-reported hyperactivity, attention and communication problems among those with obstructive sleep apnea. These children were also more likely to have school grades of C or lower, according to the study in the journal SLEEP.

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

CDC report finds sharp increase in ADHD cases in U.S.

From U.S. News & World Report/HealthDay News (4/1):

Approximately 6.4 million 4- to 17-year-olds have been diagnosed with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder at some point in their lives, an increase of 53% over the past decade, CDC researchers said. They noted that about two-thirds of children with the condition were given stimulant prescriptions such as Ritalin or Adderall.

Vitamin D may boost glucose control in obese youths

From United Press International (3/26):

Taking high-dose vitamin D supplements daily helped reduce insulin levels and improve vitamin D status in obese vitamin D-deficient children and teens with prediabetes, University of Missouri researchers wrote in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.

Study: Sublingual immunotherapy is safe alternative to allergy shots

From News (3/26):

U.S. researchers reviewed 63 studies on sublingual immunotherapy and found moderate evidence overall that such treatment is effective for treating allergic rhinitis and asthma. Eight of 13 studies showed strong evidence that the treatment reduced chest tightness, coughing and wheezing compared with other therapies. The findings appear in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

Global Rise in Type 1 Diabetes May Be Linked to Reduced Exposure to Pathogens in Early Life

From Science Daily (3/19):

"Countries with lower mortality from infectious disease exhibit higher rates of type 1 diabetes, according to a new study by Dr. A. Abela and Professor S. Fava of the University of Malta. The findings, collating data from three major international studies and presented at the Society for Endocrinology annual conference in Harrogate UK, suggest that the as yet unexplained global rise in type 1 diabetes may be linked to reduced exposure to pathogens in early life."

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Speech Language Pathologist in NYC

Are you looking for a Speech Language Pathologist in New York City? Felicia Fera might be able to help...

SLP NY flyer.pdf -

Lecture May 9th: Emerging Consensus Regarding Gastrointestinal Issues in Children with ASD with Dr. Arthur Krigsman

National Autism Association-NY Metro Chapter in collaboration with Beth Israel Medical Center Division of Developmental Pediatrics presents:
Emerging Consensus Regarding Gastrointestinal Issues in Children with ASD with Dr. Arthur Krigsman


Beth Israel Medical Center
10 Union Square East
NY, NY 10003
2nd floor conference center

Thursday, May 9th

Please RSVP to Stacey Purro at

Wednesday, April 17, 2013


From the Journal of Neurosurgery and the American Association of Neurological Surgeons (3/19):

"Researchers at the Hennepin County Medical Center, University of Minnesota, and Minneapolis Medical Research Foundation (Minneapolis, Minnesota) report that the combined use of hyperbaric oxygen and normobaric hyperoxia therapies provides better outcomes in patients with severe traumatic brain injury (TBI) than the standard intensive neurosurgical care recommended for this injury. Full details on the effects of this combined treatment are provided in the paper "A prospective, randomized Phase II clinical trial to evaluate the effect of combined hyperbaric and normobaric hyperoxia on cerebral metabolism, intracranial pressure, oxygen toxicity, and clinical outcome in severe traumatic brain injury. Clinical article," by Drs. Sarah and Gaylan Rockswold and colleagues, published online, ahead of print, in the Journal of Neurosurgery..."

Eating more often tied to lower risk of being overweight in children

From HealthDay News (4/8):

Children and teens, particularly boys, who ate more than three times a day weighed less than those who had three or fewer meals, according to a Greek study in the journal Pediatrics. Higher frequency eating was also tied to a 22% decline in the odds of being overweight or obese, researchers said.

Thoughts and prayers

We hope all of our families are safe, especially our Massachusetts friends and those who may have run in the Boston Marathon yesterday. Our thoughts and prayers are with all those affected.

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Unlabeled aspartame in milk?

From Mercola:
"The International Dairy Foods Association (IDFA) and the National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF) have filed a petition with the FDA1 requesting the agency “amend the standard of identity” for milk and 17 other dairy products. This was done to provide for the use of any safe and suitable sweetener as an optional ingredient — including non-nutritive sweeteners such as aspartame to deceive you by not having to indicate its use on the label."

Autism Spectrum Disorder: 2 to 22 Lecture presented by Dr. Catherine Lord, PhD

Autism Spectrum Disorder: 2 to 22
Presented by Dr. Catherine Lord, PhD
Director Center for Autism and the Developing Brain
Professor of Psychology in Psychiatry, NYP / Weill Cornell Medical College

April 25, 2013, 6:30-8:30pm
Greenwich Country Day School, Performing Arts Center

Also learn about Project Search Collaborates for Autism, a new local employment program targeted at teaching students with Autism, in their last year of school, the basic employment, social and life skills they need to leave high school and get a job.

Sponsored by New York Collaborates for Autism (NYCA) and the Waverly Group


Oral immunotherapy desensitized children with egg allergy

From Sept. 2012 issue of Infectious Diseases in Children

Oral immunotherapy desensitized children with egg allergy

Giving children and adolescents with egg allergy small but increasing daily doses of egg white powder may enable them to later eat egg-containing foods, according to the results of a recently published study.

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Autism Diagnoses Rise Among U.S. Children, CDC Finds

Autism Diagnoses Rise Among U.S. Children, CDC Finds

In our opinion, this does not reflect just better diagnosis, but a continued toxic environment.

From Bloomberg (3/20):

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Autism Awareness Day

As you know, today is Autism Awareness Day. Let us always be aware that our children with Autism are gifts. As we unwrap their many layers and help them heal, we are reminded of their special gifts.

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Upcoming events next week... April 5th and April 6th

Dr. O'Hara will be speaking at the TACA Real Help Now Conference in Malvern, PA on Saturday, April 6th.

For more information and to register, please visit:

On Friday, April 5th, National Autism Assoc. NY Chapter will be hosting NAAvigating the Maze - Current Trends in Autism Research at the Beth Israel Medical Center in NYC.

For more information visit :

Short bouts of exercise may improve cognitive function in youths

From HealthDay News (3/6):

A Dutch analysis of studies involving 586 6- to 35-year-olds showed that short periods of moderately intense exercise was associated with significant improvements in higher-order cognitive function such as self-control. The impact of brief exercise on cognition could have relevance for treating attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder and autism, researchers said. The findings were published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine.

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Food allergies may be affected by early antibiotics, study says

From Family Practice News (3/4):

The risk of food allergy was greatest among children who were exposed to more antibiotics during the first year of life, a case-control study showed. Receiving one or two antibiotic courses did not substantially raise children's food allergy risk, researchers reported at the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology meeting.

TACA CT Press Release

As a follow up to our recent TACA CT post...

First meeting will be held next Thursday, April 4th from 9:30-11:30 at Garelick & Herbs in New Canaan, CT

C-section babies are at greater risk for allergies

From U.S. News & World Report/HealthDay News (2/25):

Babies delivered via cesarean section were five times more likely to develop allergies by age 2 than those born vaginally when exposed to high levels of allergens, a study found. Gastrointestinal microbes may increase C-section babies' development of immunoglobulin E after allergen exposure, lead author Christine Cole Johnson said. The findings were presented at an American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology conference.

Bloomberg defends soda rule after judge strikes it down

From National Public Radio/The Associated Press (3/12):

New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg defended his ban on sugar-sweetened drinks that are larger than 16 ounces and said the city will appeal a judge's ruling that struck down the measure hours before it was to take effect. State Supreme Court Justice Milton Tingling called the ban arbitrary and said the "loopholes in this rule effectively defeat the stated purpose."

Saturday, March 16, 2013

It's official...TACA is coming to Connecticut!

It's official...TACA is coming to Connecticut!

The first meeting will take place on Thursday, April 4th from 9:30-11:30 at Garelick & Herbs in New Canaan, CT

Thank you Michelle!

For more information about the monthly meetings, please visit:

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

BPA exposure may put children at greater risk for asthma

From HealthDay News (3/1):

Exposure to bisphenol A in early childhood was associated with a greater likelihood of childhood wheezing and asthma, according to a study in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology. However, researchers found no evidence that BPA exposure during the third trimester of pregnancy was linked to increased asthma risk.

Monday, March 4, 2013

5 mental disorders share same gene variations, study finds

From News (2/27):

A study published in The Lancet found four genetic markers associated with autism, attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and major depression. Of these gene variants, researchers said two help regulate calcium levels in brain cells. While detecting these genes is not enough to predict a person's risk for psychiatric disorders, the findings offer a better understanding of the conditions, lead researcher Dr. Jordan Smoller said.

AAP updates guidelines for treating ear infections

From CNN/The Chart blog (2/25):

Antibiotics for acute otitis media should only be prescribed in children ages 6 months and older presenting with serious signs or symptoms, the AAP said. In the group's revised ear infection guidelines, published in the journal Pediatrics, pediatricians are advised only to diagnose acute ear infections if the eardrum is moderately to severely bulging or if there is discharge leaking from the ear.

Monday, February 25, 2013

Wristwatch allows caregivers to track individuals with disabilities

For our tech savvy patients...

From eWeek (2/19):  ILoc Technologies has developed a wristwatch that helps caregivers track individuals whose disabilities, such as autism, cause them to wander off. The TriLoc Personal Locator Device has a built-in GPS, wireless Internet and Bluetooth capabilities that communicate with mobile-device applications, computers and house alarms for tracking at close range and in public places. Other features include a lockable strap and alarms to help the wearer remember tasks.

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Study links folic acid to lower autism risk

From USA Today (2/12):

Women who took folic acid supplements before and during pregnancy were about 40% less likely to have a baby later diagnosed with autism, according to a new study.

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

ADHD treatments don't reduce symptoms in most children

From HealthDay News (2/11):

U.S. researchers monitored 186 3- to 5-year-olds with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder and found that 90% of them still had symptoms six years following their diagnosis and ongoing therapy. Two-thirds of the children were taking medications for ADHD and their symptoms were just as serious as the children not taking any form of medication, according to the study in the Journal of the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry.

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Probiotic supplements lower risk of infant eczema, review finds

From Reuters (12/19):

U.S. researchers reviewed 21 studies and found that taking probiotic supplements reduced babies' risk of developing eczema. Some studies showed that at-risk children who were provided with Lactobacillus rhapsodic GG or Lactobacillus rhamnosus strain HN001 had a 50% lower risk of having the skin condition compared with the placebo group. The findings were published in the Archives of Dermatology.

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Excellent Article

An excellent article from the February 1st issue of NY Times Magazine...

Dr. O'Hara Lecture on PANDAS/PANS - 2/12/13 @ 10am in New Canaan

For our local followers...

On Tuesday February 12th at 10am Dr. O'Hara will be speaking about PANDAS/PANS at the Waveny House in New Canaan.

"Transforming a Devasting Chronic Illness into a Treatable Disorder"

FREE lecture sponsored by SPED*NET New Canaan

For more information visit

Monday, January 28, 2013

Getting enough sleep may help youths boost their vocabulary

From (1/3):

Children who got enough sleep were able to learn and retain new words more quickly than those who didn't sleep well, according to a study published in the journal Developmental Science. Researchers found that both sleep disturbance and snoring among children were linked to increased risks of learning and behavioral problems.

Saturday, January 26, 2013

Modified Atkins diet leads to fewer epilepsy seizures, study says

From MedWire News (U.K.) (1/3):

Patients with juvenile myoclonic epilepsy who followed a modified Atkins diet for at least one month had fewer seizures, Johns Hopkins research showed. The diet had lower carbohydrate limits than the original Atkins plan but was less restrictive and easier to manage than a ketogenic diet, researchers reported in the journal Epilepsy & Behavior.

Probiotics for the Prevention of Clostridium difficile - Associated Diarrhea (CDAD)

From Annals of Internal Medicine, Volume 157, Number 12, December 2012:

Antibiotic treatment may disturb the resistance of gastrointestinal flora to colonization. This may result in complications, the most serious of which is CDAD. Evidence suggests that probiotic prophylaxis results in a large reduction in CDAD without an increase in clinically important adverse events.

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Natural Flu Remedies from Vicki Kobliner @ Holcare Nutrition

Our friend Vicki Kobliner at Holcare Nutrition has recommendations to stay well during the flu season...

Link to Natural Flu Remedies document:

Please email if you would like them to send you a Flu Kit which includes the following:

1 60 cap bottle of Daily Immune
1 bottle Buffered Vitamin C (cassava based)
1 3 oz. bottle Black Elderberry Syrup
Total price is $51.85 plus shipping.

In addition, consider adding a probiotic and Oil of Oregano.
As always, the items she selects are high quality, unadulterated and hypoallergenic.

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Generic drug benefits children with autism, small study finds

From WebMD (12/11):

Bumetanide, an FDA-approved diuretic drug, improved the symptoms of children diagnosed with autism, reducing their average autism scores from severe to mild or moderate, French researchers found. "Bumetanide is an interesting and promising medication," says Dr. Andrew Adesman of Cohen Children's Medical Center in New Hyde Park, N.Y., who was not involved in the study. Although the medication is on the market and appears to be safe, he urged doctors and families to wait for more research before using it. The findings, based on 60 3- to 11-year-olds with autism, appear in the journal Translational Psychiatry.

Monday, January 7, 2013

NYU Child Study Center presents ASD Family Workshop Series

NYU Child Study Center presents The Autism Spectrum Disorders Clinical and Research Program 2012-2013 Family Workshop Series

Click on link below for details

Jan. 9th - Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Anxiety, Depression, & Other Issues

Local Program...SmartKids with LD Present: Dr. Mark Beitel

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Anxiety, Depression, & Other Issues

January 9th, 7:00 - 9:00 pm @ Darien Library
1441 Post Road, Darien, CT

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Mercury and developmental disabilities

If mercury plays any role in developmental disabilities, the rate of disability should relate to any reliable direct measure of contamination. The current research focuses on one index of environmental mercury contamination. Specifically, mercury-related fish advisories are found to be a surprisingly strong predictor of a state’s autism rate, r = 0.48, p < 0.001. The relationship remains strong after controlling for student to teacher ratio and per pupil spending.