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February 2012

On Oscar Night, Sunday, February 26, 2012, Autism Speaks hosted An Evening with the Stars, a red carpet spectacular with the glamorous backdrop of the 84th Annual Academy Awards® broadcast, at the Hyatt Regency O'Hare, 9300 Bryn Mawr Avenue in Rosemont, Illinois. 

Last night, more than 250 guests, including Miss New York 2012 Johanna Sambucini, packed the house at the ultra-cool Avenue lounge in New York City for the fifth Autism Speaks to Young Professionals winter gala. The annual event is designed to bring together young professionals from all industries to generate funds and awareness of autism. Co-chaired by Jesse Morris and Danny Ryan, the Autism Speaks to Young Professionals winter gala raised over $33,000 dollars for Autism Speaks’ research and advocacy initiatives.

If anyone knows how hectic life can get – WE DO! That’s why we have created the Autism Speaks Weekly Whirl to fill you in on all of the highlights of the week! The last thing we want is for you to be left out of the loop! Please share with friends and family to spread the word about all of the exciting things going on in the autism community. Keep in mind, these updates aren’t limited to Autism Speaks — we will be featuring news from across the community.

Brain scans in infants shed light on autism onset (CNN) New research provides evidence that wiring in the brains of children with autism differs from typically developing children as early as six months of age, according to a study published in the American Journal of Psychiatry on Friday. Read more. 

Mercury again ruled out as autism cause (FoxNews.com) Mercury does not cause autism, another study now concludes. The levels of mercury in the urine of children with autism were no higher than urine mercury levels of children without the condition, the study from England found. Read more. W.Va. autism insurance "fix" heads to full House (Charleston, W.