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ATN/AIR-P Guides to Pica for Parents and Professionals

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.

Study Provides ‘Formula’ for Predicting Effects of Autism-linked Genes

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.

World Health Assembly Adopts Resolution on Autism

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.

Autism Study: More Evidence Linking Altered Gut Bacteria to ASD

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.

New Meta-analysis Confirms: No Association between Vaccines and Autism

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.

John Elder Robison Urges Autism Self Advocates to Embrace Brain Research

In remarks at IMFAR Stakeholder Luncheon, renowned autism self-advocate urges autism community to support brain-tissue research
May 16, 2014

John Elder Robison, renowned autism self-advocate and a neuro-diversity scholar at the College of William and Mary, called on the autism community to embrace brain research and the development of treatments that ease suffering. His remarks immediately followed the announcement of a new brain-donor registration site for Autism BrainNet.