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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 Speaks Invests $2.3 Million in Research on Gut-Brain Connection

October 22, 2014

First studies in major GI initiative will investigate microbiome, biological stress and constipation treatment in children with autism

Early Intervention Twitter Chat Today at 1 pm ET

October 22, 2014

(Oct 22, 2014) How early should autism treatment begin? At 1 p.m. Eastern today, join leading experts on early intervention for a Twitter chat hosted by SFARI.org. Participants will include behavior analyst Kara Reagon, Autism Speaks associate director for dissemination science, and a number of Autism Speaks-funded researchers including:

More Research Links Autism to Prenatal Exposure to Air Pollution

Findings in North Carolina mirror those in California, with autism rates highest when pollution exposure occurs during third trimester
October 16, 2014

Findings in North Carolina mirror those in California, with autism rates highest when pollution exposure occurs during third trimester

 

Baby Sibling Study Finds Strong Predictors of Autism at 18 Months

Study identifies behavior patterns that predict autism with near 80 percent certainty, flags opportunity for early intervention
October 15, 2014

Study identifies behavior patterns that predict autism with near 80 percent certainty, flags opportunity for early intervention 

Identifying Autism in Disadvantaged Regions: Challenges & Opportunity

Autism Speaks co-hosts meeting to spur development of practical means to diagnose autism in low- and middle-income countries
October 15, 2014

Autism Speaks co-hosts meeting to spur development of practical means to diagnose autism in low- and middle-income countries

(Oct 15, 2014) Today, autism researchers and clinicians from around the world will meet in Baltimore to begin developing practical and freely available tools for diagnosing autism in low- and middle-income countries.