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Autism and GI Disorders: Largest-Ever Analysis Confirms Strong Link

First meta-analysis of all peer-reviewed research indicates gastrointestinal problems four times more common in children with autism
April 28, 2014

How Can We Stem Weight Gain Related to Behavioral Meds for Autism?

April 18, 2014

“Our son has developed diabetes, and we know it’s from the weight he gained since starting behavioral medicines. We’ve tried everything to manage his appetite, and it’s tearing us apart to think we’re trading his health for his ability to function in school. What can we do?”
 

CDC Study Flags High Rate of Obesity among Teens with Autism

Medications may play role in doubling obesity rate among teens with autism; associated health problems highlight need for expert help
March 10, 2014

Researchers with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have documented high rates of obesity among adolescents with developmental disabilities. The highest rate – around 32 percent – was among those with autism.

Do Medical Problems Reveal Autism Subtypes?

Harvard study suggests subgroups of children with autism share health problems; separate Autism Speaks study promises further insights
February 03, 2014

A Harvard Medical School analysis of electronic medical records suggests that some children with autism fall into one of three distinct subgroups based on common medical issues.

* Those in the first group have seizures, or epilepsy.

Employment Can Help Adults with Autism Overcome Disabilities

Autism Speaks-funded study finds that jobs that encourage independence reduce autism symptoms and improve life skills
January 13, 2014

A study funded in part by Autism Speaks suggests that job activities that encourage independence reduce disabling autism symptoms and increase daily living skills. The report appears in the Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders.

Autism Study Links Bowel Symptoms and Rigid, Repetitive Behaviors

Raises possibility that relieving constipation could ease some autism symptoms; GI and rigid behaviors may share common cause
December 10, 2013