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Autism in the News - 04.25.12

In treating autism, the earlier the better for behavioral therapy, says Mount Sinai specialist (The Daily News)
As director of the Seaver Autism Center at Mount Sinai, Dr. Joseph Buxbaum specializes in the neurobiology of psychiatric illnesses like autism. April is National Autism Awareness Month. Read more.

Lack of state services for aging autistic makes adulthood like 'falling off a cliff' (Detroit Free Press)
Nick Gammicchia knows exactly what he's going to do in the future. "I'm going to Hollywood to help out movie producers, storyboard artists," Gammicchia said. Read more.

What is autism spectrum disorder? (Detroit Free Press)
Autism spectrum disorder, commonly called autism, affects social and verbal interaction. It is called a spectrum disorder because those with it can range from mildly affected to severely impaired. The level of disability indicates where a person is on the spectrum. Someone on the high end of the spectrum will be very mildly affected by autism. Read more.

Study suggests possible link between smoking, high-functioning autism (JS Online)
Women who smoke during pregnancy may be more likely to have a child with high-functioning autism such as Asperger's disorder, according to preliminary findings of a study by researchers involved in the U.S. autism surveillance program of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Read more.

Pilot Study: Urine Test Detects One-Third of Autism Cases (Psych Central)
A simple urine test detected one out of three children with autism spectrum disorder in a new study, and researchers say the test could result in earlier diagnosis and potentially lead to customized treatments for a subset of children with elevated levels of certain compounds in their urine. Read more.