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IACC Invites Public to Workshop on Autism-related Health Issues

September meeting and webcast will address need for greater research on and awareness of medical conditions associated with autism
August 20, 2014

 

The federal Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee (IACC) invites the public to a workshop titled “Under-recognized Co-occurring Conditions in Autism Spectrum Disorder” on Sept. 23, 9 am to 5 pm ET. The meeting, which will be webcast, will take place at the National Institutes of Health, John Edward Porter Neuroscience Research Center, in Bethesda, Maryland.

Adults with Autism Report High Rates of Sexual Victimization

Study links higher risk to lack of sexual knowledge; Autism Speaks has resources for building understanding and skills
August 19, 2014


Adults with autism report starkly higher rates of sexual victimization than do other adults, and the risk appears to rise with lack of sexual knowledge, according to a new report.

Infant Head Size and Autism: Baby Sibs Study Shows No Connection

In largest-ever study, Autism Speaks Baby Siblings Research Consortium helps settle longtime debate over proposed early sign of autism
August 14, 2014

With the largest study of its kind, the Autism Speaks Baby Siblings Research Consortium has further laid to rest the longstanding idea that an abnormally large infant head size is an early sign of autism spectrum disorder (ASD).

Remote Coaching Helps Parents Deliver Autism Therapies

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

 

Study: Prenatal Exposure to Mercury Not Associated with Autism

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.