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Vaccines and Autism

Many studies have examined possible links between vaccination and increased prevalence of autism. This research has paid particular attention to the measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine, vaccines containing thimerosal and the total number of vaccines administered during early childhood or any one doctor’s visit. These studies have not found a link between vaccines and autism.

Autism Risk Lowest when Pregnancies Spaced 2 to 5 Years Apart

Large study supports earlier research associating closely spaced pregnancies with increased risk of autism
September 29, 2014

 

Study: Prenatal Exposure to Mercury Not Associated with Autism

Study finds no link between autism and mercury levels in mom or newborn; still prudent to limit intake of certain fish during pregnancy
July 30, 2014

A new study finds no association between autism and mercury levels in blood samples from pregnant women or their newborns. But the researchers caution that pregnant women should continue to heed long-standing advice to limit their consumption of fish that contain high levels of this potentially toxic pollutant. 

Advocates for Autism of Massachusetts Awareness Day at State House

Annual Autism Spectrum Awareness and Acceptance Day at the Massachusetts State House focuses on path to successful employment
April 16, 2014

BOSTON (April 16, 2014) - Yesterday, the Advocates for Autism of Massachusetts (AFAM) held their annual Autism Spectrum Awareness and Acceptance Day at the Massachusetts State House.  Members of the autism community and those who have tirelessly advocated on behalf of such individuals gathered to discuss a path to successful employment.  According to recent reports, 92% of individuals with autism are unemployed and many of those who are employed  are only employed part-time.

Autism and Toxic Chemicals: Are Pollutants Fueling Rising Prevalence?

Researchers link more pollutants to disorders of brain development; call for global prevention strategy to control their use
February 18, 2014


A new report implicates a growing number of industrial chemicals as contributing to autism and other disorders of brain development. The authors call for a global strategy to reduce exposure.

Autism Speaks Awards Nearly $2.7 Million for New Research Projects

Latest Funding Invests in Potential Treatments for Autism Spectrum Disorder, Early Access to Care and Research into Environmental Risk Factors

Autism Speaks announced the award of nearly $2.7 million for the funding of 13 new research projects over the next three years.

January 06, 2014

NEW YORK, N.Y. (January 6, 2014) – Autism Speaks, the world’s leading autism science and advocacy organization, today announced the award of nearly $2.7 million for the funding of 13 new research projects over the next three years. These grants will address Autism Speaks’ Early Access to Care initiative to reduce the average age of diagnosis and increase access to high-quality early intervention for all children affected by autism spectrum disorders (ASD).

Autism Speaks Awards Nearly $2.7 Million in Research Grants

Research investments in wandering prevention, treatment safety, early access to care and environmental influences on autism risk
January 06, 2014

Autism Speaks is pleased to announce new funding for thirteen research projects that will run over the next three years, for a total investment of $2,696,703 to advance understanding and treatment of autism and its related medical conditions.

Caution Still Needed with Mercury Exposure during Pregnancy

Autism Speaks offers perspective on new report finding no increased autism risk associated with eating mercury-contaminated fish during pregnancy
July 24, 2013

A new study found no increased risk of autism associated with mothers eating large amounts of mercury-contaminated fish during pregnancy. The researchers tracked the development of children born to Seychelles Islanders, who tend to eat relatively large amounts mercury-contaminated fish. They looked for any link between autism behaviors in the children and mercury levels in the mothers. They found none.