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Alycia Halladay

Gene Change Plus Prenatal Exposure to Pollution Ups Autism Risk

Study documents first clear example of long-suspected gene-environment interactions in the development of autism
December 02, 2013

NIH Funds Expansion of Research on iPad-Assisted Language Development

Autism Speaks-funded pilot study suggested that speech-generating devices help minimally verbal children with autism learn to speak
November 19, 2013

 

Combination of Stresses and Exposures Produce Autism Behaviors in Rats

Researchers explore how different combinations of maternal stress, dietary deficiency and toxic exposure might predispose to autism
November 13, 2013

Autism Speaks at Neuroscience 2013

Autism Speaks researchers participate in world’s largest conference on brain development; more than 200 presentations on autism studies
November 09, 2013

Neuroscience 2013, the world’s largest research conference on brain development and function, convened in San Diego today, with more than 30,000 attendees. As the annual meeting of the Society for Neuroscience (SfN), this year’s conference will include more than 200 presentations on autism-related research.

Study: Eye Contact Declines Early in Babies Who Later Develop Autism

High-tech eye tracking study finds what may be earliest clear sign of autism; suggests possible window for very early intervention
November 06, 2013

A “Top Ten Advances in Autism Research 2013” Selection
See all the year’s “Top Ten” here.

Caution Still Needed with Mercury Exposure during Pregnancy

Autism Speaks offers perspective on new report finding no increased autism risk associated with eating mercury-contaminated fish during pregnancy
July 24, 2013

A new study found no increased risk of autism associated with mothers eating large amounts of mercury-contaminated fish during pregnancy. The researchers tracked the development of children born to Seychelles Islanders, who tend to eat relatively large amounts mercury-contaminated fish. They looked for any link between autism behaviors in the children and mercury levels in the mothers. They found none.