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FDA Cracks Down on False Claims about Autism Treatments

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.”

Autism and GI Disorders: Largest-Ever Analysis Confirms Strong Link

First meta-analysis of all peer-reviewed research indicates gastrointestinal problems four times more common in children with autism
April 28, 2014

Autism Genome Project Delivers Genetic Guidebook for Individualized Treatment

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.

More Evidence of Impaired Immune Response in Some Children with Autism

Study follows up on earlier research showing higher incidence of problems with cell-powerhouses known as mitochondria
April 21, 2014

Researchers studying immune cells called granulocytes found evidence of weakened cell function in a small study of ten children with autism.

IACC Selects Its Top Twenty Autism Studies of 2013

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.

How Can We Stem Weight Gain Related to Behavioral Meds for Autism?

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?”
 

Autism and Pets: More Evidence of Social Benefits

No one-size-fits-all solution: Researcher emphasizes need to consider child’s sensitivities and family dynamics
April 15, 2014

A new study lends support to the idea that interacting with a pet benefits many children with autism. However, the author emphasizes the need to consider each child’s sensitivities as well as family dynamics in carefully considering pet ownership.