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Lifetime Costs of Autism Average $1.4 Million to $2.4 Million

Landmark study, funded by Autism Speaks, provides crucial information for public policy and service planning across the lifespan
June 09, 2014

 

Research funded by Autism Speaks has provided the most comprehensive and current estimate of autism’s costs to individuals, families and society:

Study Provides ‘Formula’ for Predicting Effects of Autism-linked Genes

Research co-funded by Autism Speaks promises to improve early identification of autism and identify biological targets for treatment
May 25, 2014

 

Researchers funded by Autism Speaks have helped devise a “genetic formula” that promises to improve the accuracy of early screening for autism and speed the identification of biological targets for future treatments.

World Health Assembly Adopts Resolution on Autism

Governing body of World Health Organization makes autism a global health priority, with commitments by all member nations
May 23, 2014

Today the World Health Assembly adopted a formal resolution making autism a global health priority. The assembly is the governing body of the World Health Organization (WHO). As such, the resolution brings a formal commitment by member states of the United Nations.

New Meta-analysis Confirms: No Association between Vaccines and Autism

Analysis of 10 studies involving more than 1.2 million children reaffirms that vaccines don’t cause autism; MMR shot may actually decrease risk
May 19, 2014

A meta-analysis of ten studies involving more than 1.2 million children reaffirms that vaccines don’t cause autism. If anything, immunization was associated with decreased risk that children would develop autism, a possibility that’s strongest with the measles-mumps-rubella vaccine.

Autism BrainNet Launches ‘It Takes Brains’ Donor Registration Website

Autism Speaks, Simons Foundation and Autism Science Foundation collaborate to increase brain tissue available for research
May 16, 2014


For more information or to register, visit the It Takes Brains website or call: 1-877-333-0990.

 

Brain Scans of Children with Autism Show Difficulty with Dueling Sensory Input

May 15, 2014

Using noninvasive brain scans, UCLA researchers showed how the brains of children with autism overreact when presented with competing sensory stimuli - in this case the touch of scratchy wool combined with loud traffic noises. They presented their findings this week at the International Meeting for Autism Research (IMFAR), in Atlanta.

Can EEG Identify Which High Risk Baby Sibs Need Intervention?

Study of infant brain activity in families affected by autism finds signs of “miswiring” that may help identify babies at highest risk
May 15, 2014

Harvard researchers studying babies in families affected by autism say they’ve found two distinctive types of electroencephalogram (EEG) readings that, together, may pinpoint which of these infants are at the highest risk of developing the disorder. They are presenting their findings this week at the International Meeting for Autism Research (IMFAR), in Atlanta.