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Can Brainwave Test Improve Autism Diagnosis and Subtyping?

Study suggests that the brain activity of children affected by autism responds more slowly to sights and sounds; greater delays may predict autism severity
September 23, 2014

(Sept 22, 2014) A new study suggests that measuring how fast the brain responds to sights and sounds could help objectively identify severity and subtypes of autism spectrum disorder (ASD). The authors express hope that their simple test might also help diagnose autism earlier.

Today's IACC Webcast Features Autism Speaks ATN Experts on Associated Medical Conditions

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.” 

Taking Iron During Pregnancy & Breastfeeding May Lower Autism Risk

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.

Studies Link Autism to Low Bone Density and Increased Fractures

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).

Autism Tops Reuters List of European Innovative Medicine Programs

September 15, 2014

(Sept. 15, 2014) Thomson Reuters Research Analytics has rated EU-AIMS – the autism research program of the European Innovative Medicines Initiative (IMI) – as the initiative’s best-performing area. The rating is based on the number and quality of scientific papers coming out of the program.

Autism Speaks Hosts Autism Science Conference

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.