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September 19, 2014

(Sept. 23, 2014) Today the federal Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee (IACC) has invited a roster of Autism Speaks Autism Treatment Network (ATN) specialists and Autism-Speaks funded researchers to update the committee and the public at a special workshop on “Under-recognized Co-occurring Conditions in Autism Spectrum Disorder.” 

Study suggests women taking highest amounts have half the risk of those taking lowest; more study needed to confirm and assure safety
September 22, 2014

A new study suggests that high iron intake during pregnancy and breastfeeding reduces the risk of autism. The protective effect was clearest among mothers taking iron supplements from the second trimester of pregnancy through breastfeeding.

September 17, 2014

(Sept. 17, 2014) Individuals with autism have higher than typical rates of bone fracture beginning in childhood and extending up to at least age 50, according to a large study by physician-researchers in the Autism Speaks Autism Treatment Network (ATN).

September 13, 2014

(NEW HAVEN, CT.) September 13, 2014 -  The New England Chapter of Autism Speaks, together with the the Center for Translational Developmental Neuroscience at Yale, hosted an autism science conference. The meeting brought together scientists, parents, adults with autism and professionals who work with people with autism for a day of learning about autism science. 

Injury to small brain region during pregnancy or birth may disrupt development of important cross wiring to other brain regions
September 09, 2014

A new review of research suggests that a small brain region largely known for coordinating movement could play the largest nongenetic role in autism’s development.

A team of Princeton neuroscientists present their idea – based on a new interpretation of extensive autism research – in the journal Neuron.

In pilot study, parents deliver “Infant Start” intervention for babies with signs of autism; symptoms significantly reduced by age 3
September 09, 2014

In a small pilot study, parents learned and delivered a treatment that significantly reduced autism symptoms in babies who had shown warning signs for the disorder.