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IACC Invites Public to Workshop on Autism-related Health Issues

September meeting and webcast will address need for greater research on and awareness of medical conditions associated with autism
August 20, 2014

 

The federal Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee (IACC) invites the public to a workshop titled “Under-recognized Co-occurring Conditions in Autism Spectrum Disorder” on Sept. 23, 9 am to 5 pm ET. The meeting, which will be webcast, will take place at the National Institutes of Health, John Edward Porter Neuroscience Research Center, in Bethesda, Maryland.

Adults with Autism Report High Rates of Sexual Victimization

Study links higher risk to lack of sexual knowledge; Autism Speaks has resources for building understanding and skills
August 19, 2014


Adults with autism report starkly higher rates of sexual victimization than do other adults, and the risk appears to rise with lack of sexual knowledge, according to a new report.

Autism Speaks Autism Treatment Network Announces New Funding & Centers

New strategic plan emphasizes research and community outreach at 14 centers across North America; includes two new centers
August 18, 2014

 

In the newest round of funding for its Autism Treatment Network, Autism Speaks has selected 14 sites across U.S. and Canada. The selections include two new centers that will join the network in September 2014. (Full list below.)

Remote Coaching Helps Parents Deliver Autism Therapies

Study by Autism Speaks Weatherstone fellow demonstrates effectiveness of program to expand delivery of autism services via the Internet
August 05, 2014

 

Study: Prenatal Exposure to Mercury Not Associated with Autism

Study finds no link between autism and mercury levels in mom or newborn; still prudent to limit intake of certain fish during pregnancy
July 30, 2014

A new study finds no association between autism and mercury levels in blood samples from pregnant women or their newborns. But the researchers caution that pregnant women should continue to heed long-standing advice to limit their consumption of fish that contain high levels of this potentially toxic pollutant. 

Researchers Target Inflammation’s Role in Brain Disorders

Inflammation is the body’s vital infection-fighting response, but chronic inflammation can harm the brain as well as body
July 23, 2014

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In today’s online edition of the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), science writer M.J. Friedrich interviews several leading researchers studying inflammation’s role in the development of brain disorders and psychiatric illnesses.