An analysis of nearly 100 million medical records suggests that local rates of autism increase with rates of certain birth defects. The researchers suggest that this is further evidence - though indirect - that prenatal exposure to certain toxic chemicals can increase risk of autism.
Researchers in Autism Speaks Baby Siblings Research Consortium report that they can detect developmental problems at 12 months in nearly half of children who have an older brother or sister with autism spectrum disorder (ASD).
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.
NEW YORK, N.Y. (January 29, 2014) – A new study from researchers at Autism Speaks, the world’s leading autism science and advocacy organization, shows improvement towards universal early screening for autism.