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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 study finds non-experts can use new, simple test to screen for autism among children in poor world regions
February 13, 2014

 

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 find substantial costs in healthcare and education; more in-depth findings to come from Autism Speaks
February 10, 2014

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.

Animal study may show how experimental treatment “flips a switch” in brain; Autism Speaks Chief Science Officer urges caution
February 06, 2014

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.

Small study shows high brain activity when children with autism are at rest; researchers say this could explain “withdrawal into self”
February 03, 2014

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.