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Autism Risk Lowest when Pregnancies Spaced 2 to 5 Years Apart

Large study supports earlier research associating closely spaced pregnancies with increased risk of autism
September 29, 2014

 

Autism’s Rising Numbers: Q&A with Autism Speaks Chief Science Officer

Autism Speaks Chief Science Officer Rob Ring responds to questions sparked by the CDC’s updated estimate of autism prevalence
March 27, 2014

 Autism Speaks Chief Science Officer Rob Ring responds to questions about the CDC’s updated estimate of autism prevalence in the United States

'Good' Bacteria Ease Autism-like Behaviors in Mouse Model

Animal study links autism behaviors, abnormal intestinal bacteria and leaky gut; suggests possible probiotic treatments.
December 05, 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.

Free Seminar on Role of Immunology, Genes and Environment in Autism

Leading autism researchers will present & answer questions via webstream as well as in person at UC-Davis
May 22, 2013

 

Autism Speaks, the Autism Research Institute and the MIND Institute at the University of California-Davis invite researchers and the public to attend “Immunological Factors, Genes and the Environment in Autism: from Research to Treatment.” The educational session will take place Saturday, June 1, from 8:30 am to 12:30 pm Pacific Time at the UC-Davis MIND Institute.