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.
Researchers have shown that a simple screening test for autism and other neurodevelopmental disorders is both practical and effective for use in world regions lacking in resources and expertise.
Harvard researchers estimate that the added costs of autism-related healthcare and education average more than $17,000 per child per year in the United States. The figure represents expenses above those for a child without autism spectrum disorder (ASD). On a national level, the researchers estimated that these additional costs exceeded $11.5 billion in 2011.
Behavioral signs of pain are both extremely common and closely linked to disturbed sleep in children with autism, according to a new study published online in the journal Autism.
French researchers have used a rodent study to show how their experimental treatment for autism – the potent diuretic bumetanide – may flip a biochemical switch in the brain. Their report appears today in Science.
A small study suggests that the brains of children with autism generate more information when at rest than do the brains of other children. The researchers say that this excess production of information may explain the withdrawal into an “inner world” seen in many individuals with autism.