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World Health Assembly Establishes Autism as Global Health Priority as ‘Autism Researchers Without Borders’ is Launched

Autism Speaks convened its second annual Advocacy Leadership Network in New York City last month

June 05, 2014

NEW YORK, N.Y. (June 5, 2014) – Autism Speaks, the world’s leading autism science and advocacy organization, convened its second annual Advocacy Leadership Network (ALN) in New York City last month. The ALN is a two-day meeting of autism advocates from families, professional communities and international governments, who are united in their efforts to improve the lives of those affected by the disorder around the world.

June 05, 2014

A story in MD News, a publication for physicians, looks at Autism Speaks' efforts to lower the age of diagnosis, and focuses on Early Access to Care and other resources available for professionals and parents.

Christina Carty, director, programs & services for Autism Speaks Northeast told MD News, “Pediatricians and care providers serve as the first gateway to a diagnosis, and an early diagnosis and access to evidence-based intervention is critical for a positive outcome later in life.” 

Pica, the repeated eating of non-food items, is the eating disorder most often displayed by children with autism. In published literature, the most common definition of pica is the placing of non-edible items past the plane of the lips. For example, a child may eat food from a garbage can or bite off a piece of a toy plastic car and swallow it quickly.

Research co-funded by Autism Speaks promises to improve early identification of autism and identify biological targets for treatment
May 25, 2014

 

Researchers funded by Autism Speaks have helped devise a “genetic formula” that promises to improve the accuracy of early screening for autism and speed the identification of biological targets for future treatments.

Governing body of World Health Organization makes autism a global health priority, with commitments by all member nations
May 23, 2014

Today the World Health Assembly adopted a formal resolution making autism a global health priority. The assembly is the governing body of the World Health Organization (WHO). As such, the resolution brings a formal commitment by member states of the United Nations.

Researchers say that gut bacteria more abundant in some individuals with autism produce waste products that may affect brain activity
May 20, 2014

Do chemicals produced by gut bacteria affect children with autism? This week, researchers presented findings from a small study that suggests this possibility. They did so at the annual meeting of the American Society for Microbiology, in Boston.

Analysis of 10 studies involving more than 1.2 million children reaffirms that vaccines don’t cause autism; MMR shot may actually decrease risk
May 19, 2014

A meta-analysis of ten studies involving more than 1.2 million children reaffirms that vaccines don’t cause autism. If anything, immunization was associated with decreased risk that children would develop autism, a possibility that’s strongest with the measles-mumps-rubella vaccine.