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

 

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. 

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.

Study shows clear benefits to mom-led stress-reduction classes; mindfulness training produces greatest benefits
July 21, 2014

Researchers at Vanderbilt University – a part of the Autism Speaks Autism Treatment Network  – report that mothers of children with autism benefit significantly from weekly stress-reduction classes led by other mothers.

Findings implicate faulty transport of fatty acids in brain; suggest opportunity for developing treatment for one subtype of autism
July 16, 2014

Neuroscientists at Japan’s RIKEN Brain Science Institute report evidence that problems in the brain’s fatty acid transport system cause or contribute to autism in some individuals. 

Autism Speaks-funded researcher Paul Shattuck addresses the “services cliff” that families face when kids with autism reach adulthood
July 15, 2014

The following excerpt is from “Aging Out,” as published in Excel: The Research Magazine of Drexel University. Paul Shattuck’s continuing research on factors that promote successful outcomes for young adults with autism expands on an earlier pilot study funded by Autism Speaks