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Vaccines and Autism

Many studies have examined possible links between vaccination and increased prevalence of autism. This research has paid particular attention to the measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine, vaccines containing thimerosal and the total number of vaccines administered during early childhood or any one doctor’s visit. These studies have not found a link between vaccines and autism.

Baby Sibling Study Finds Strong Predictors of Autism at 18 Months

Study identifies behavior patterns that predict autism with near 80 percent certainty, flags opportunity for early intervention
October 15, 2014

Study identifies behavior patterns that predict autism with near 80 percent certainty, flags opportunity for early intervention 

Identifying Autism in Disadvantaged Regions: Challenges & Opportunity

Autism Speaks co-hosts meeting to spur development of practical means to diagnose autism in low- and middle-income countries
October 15, 2014

Autism Speaks co-hosts meeting to spur development of practical means to diagnose autism in low- and middle-income countries

(Oct 15, 2014) Today, autism researchers and clinicians from around the world will meet in Baltimore to begin developing practical and freely available tools for diagnosing autism in low- and middle-income countries.

Broccoli-Sprout Extract Shows Promise for Easing Autism Symptoms

In a small placebo-controlled trial, sulforaphane supplements eased autism symptoms in nearly half of those treated
October 10, 2014

In a small placebo-controlled trial, sulforaphane supplements eased autism symptoms in nearly half of those treated

Helping Pediatricians Improve Treatment of Autism-Related Constipation

At world’s largest pediatrics conference, Autism Speaks ATN clinicians present findings of project to improve treatment of constipation
October 13, 2014

At world’s largest pediatrics conference, Autism Speaks ATN clinicians present findings of project to improve treatment of constipation 

Experimental Diet Supplement Eases Autism-like Behaviors in Mice

Synthetic oil triheptanoin improves sociability, motor skills and cell function in a mouse model of Rett syndrome
October 08, 2014

Synthetic oil triheptanoin improves sociability, motor skills and cell function in a mouse model of Rett syndrome

International Conference on Innovative Technologies for Autism Oct 3 &4

Autism Speaks co-hosts global conference on how digital technology is changing the lives of people with autism
September 30, 2014

(Sept 30, 2014) Autism Speaks, the Orange Foundation, the Pasteur Institute and the Adapta Foundation are hosting the 2nd International Conference on Innovative Technologies for Autism (ITASD) at the Pasteur Institute, in Paris, October 3 and 4. The conference will bring together scientists, care givers, associations and both individuals and families affected by autism.

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