Research: Autism, Teens and Behavior

father and teenage son with autism ASD smiling at each other

Key points: 

  • Moodiness and defiance are common among all teenagers, especially those with autism spectrum disorder (ASD)
  • Reducing the gastrointestinal inflammation common among those with ASD may also reduce behavioral issues
  • Local teens with ASD may be able to participate in a clinical trial at Carilion aiming to confirm the gut-brain connection and lead to better treatment



Prevent the Pain of Kidney Stones

kidney stones

Kidney stones are one of the most common disorders of the urinary tract, and they are growing more common. The National Kidney Foundation reports that kidney stones affect one in 11 people in the U.S. each year, an increase over the one in 20 they affected in 1994. More than a million people visit their health care provider and another 300,000 people go to the emergency room for kidney stone problems each year.


New COPD Procedure Helps Patients Breathe Easier

closeup of happy woman and her horse

This is an excerpt from an article published in Carilion Medicine magazine

By the time Randy Ayers quit smoking, she already had emphysema, a condition that falls under the umbrella of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).

She was only in her 60s, but she had trouble walking distances, and even taking a shower. Losing her breath was scary, but her biggest concern was no longer being able to ride her horse Waylon. 


Are There Warning Signs of Cancer?

A woman is comforted after a cancer diagnosis.

Have you noticed any changes in your body lately?
Any difficulty swallowing, skin sores that don’t heal, or night sweats?
These are just a few potential warning signs of cancer.
An estimated 1,806,590 new cases of cancer were diagnosed in the United States in 2020, and 606,520 people died from it, according to the National Cancer Institute.


Spotlight on Research: Carilion Clinic Surviving PEA in Roanoke (SPEAR) Study

doctor and two ems first responders pose smiling behind an open ambulance

When emergency medical services (EMS) respond to a call for someone whose health crisis results in pulseless electrical activity (PEA), they need to act fast. PEA is a condition where the heart has an organized rhythm, but the patient has no detectable pulse. It can result from heart attack, toxins and other conditions that decrease oxygen and blood flow.



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