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Largest-ever autism risk analysis provides further evidence that genetic and nongenetic factors both contribute powerfully to ASD
May 03, 2014

The largest-ever study of its kind suggests that the risk of autism is influenced equally by genetic and environmental factors. In scientific terms, environmental factors include a broad range of influences. In autism, these can be as varied as parental age, birth complications, maternal nutrition at conception and exposure to pollution during early brain development.

Agency issues consumer warning; threatens legal action against those who market unproven, potentially dangerous products and therapies
April 30, 2014


The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued a new consumer bulletin, “Beware of False or Misleading Claims for Treating Autism.”

Discoveries support CNV genetic testing for personalized diagnosis and treatment of autism subtypes and associated medical conditions
April 24, 2014

(April 24, 2014) Researchers with the Autism Genome Project are calling for the broad use of a relatively new type of genetic test – for copy number variants (CNVs) – as the next step in individualized diagnosis and treatment of autism.

US Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee publishes its selection of the 20 most-significant research studies of last year
April 18, 2014

The Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee (IACC) has published its selections of the twenty most-significant autism research studies of 2013. The 2013 IACC Summary of Advances highlights these studies and lists all of the 94 research papers that were nominated by its committee members.

April 18, 2014

“Our son has developed diabetes, and we know it’s from the weight he gained since starting behavioral medicines. We’ve tried everything to manage his appetite, and it’s tearing us apart to think we’re trading his health for his ability to function in school. What can we do?”