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New England Journal of Medicine features a historical perspective on how autism has been viewed since first described in 1943
September 19, 2013

 

 

This week’s New England Journal of Medicine features a historical perspective on autism, marking the 70th anniversary of psychiatrist Leo Kanner’s 1943 description of the disorder.

Andy Shih delivers call for action at WHO's 1st conference on autism and other developmental disorders, co-sponsored by Autism Speaks
September 17, 2013

 

 

Yesterday, the World Health Organization (WHO) convened its historic first conference on autism. The Geneva meeting represents the first step in enacting the recently passed World Health Assembly resolution on autism.

Oxytocin appears to partner with another vital brain chemical – serotonin – to make social contact rewarding
September 13, 2013

Stanford University researchers have shown that the so-called “love” hormone oxytocin is involved in a broader range of social interactions than previously thought.

Their new report in the journal Nature urges researchers to use the findings to open new doors in the search for autism treatments.

Three-day meeting in Geneva will identify priorities for action and bring together stakeholders, policy makers and experts
September 10, 2013

The World Health Organization (WHO) is holding a three-day conference to identify priorities for action on autism and other developmental disorders. Taking place September 16-18 in Geneva, the meeting will bring together autism advocates with national and international policy makers and experts. It is being made possible with support from Autism Speaks.

Researchers note corrective 'rebound' in brains of children with autism; insights into adaptiveness of developing brain
September 09, 2013

A new study in JAMA Psychiatry reveals potentially important differences in the brain chemistry of young children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), as compared to typically developing children and those with developmental delay.

September 08, 2013

A family finds a medical home in Autism Speaks Autism Treatment Network and gladly "gives back" to autism research by becoming part of the network's patient registry. 

By Rachel Nuwer