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Language Delay Leaves Signature in Brains of Adults with Autism

Researchers propose that clear differences in brain anatomy may flag autism subtypes and guide personalized support and treatment
September 24, 2014

A new study suggests that a common characteristic of autism – language delay in early childhood – results in lasting differences in the brain. Understanding such differences may lead to the identification of autism subtypes and the development of more-personalized supports and treatments, the authors propose. 

Can Brainwave Test Improve Autism Diagnosis and Subtyping?

Study suggests that the brain activity of children affected by autism responds more slowly to sights and sounds; greater delays may predict autism severity
September 23, 2014

(Sept 22, 2014) A new study suggests that measuring how fast the brain responds to sights and sounds could help objectively identify severity and subtypes of autism spectrum disorder (ASD). The authors express hope that their simple test might also help diagnose autism earlier.

Today's IACC Webcast Features Autism Speaks ATN Experts on Associated Medical Conditions

September 19, 2014

(Sept. 23, 2014) Today the federal Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee (IACC) has invited a roster of Autism Speaks Autism Treatment Network (ATN) specialists and Autism-Speaks funded researchers to update the committee and the public at a special workshop on “Under-recognized Co-occurring Conditions in Autism Spectrum Disorder.” 

Studies Link Autism to Low Bone Density and Increased Fractures

September 17, 2014

(Sept. 17, 2014) Individuals with autism have higher than typical rates of bone fracture beginning in childhood and extending up to at least age 50, according to a large study by physician-researchers in the Autism Speaks Autism Treatment Network (ATN).

Autism Tops Reuters List of European Innovative Medicine Programs

September 15, 2014

(Sept. 15, 2014) Thomson Reuters Research Analytics has rated EU-AIMS – the autism research program of the European Innovative Medicines Initiative (IMI) – as the initiative’s best-performing area. The rating is based on the number and quality of scientific papers coming out of the program.

Small Study Shows Promise for Parent-led Autism Intervention for Babies

In pilot study, parents deliver “Infant Start” intervention for babies with signs of autism; symptoms significantly reduced by age 3
September 09, 2014

In a small pilot study, parents learned and delivered a treatment that significantly reduced autism symptoms in babies who had shown warning signs for the disorder.