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Autism Study: More Evidence Linking Altered Gut Bacteria to ASD

Researchers say that gut bacteria more abundant in some individuals with autism produce waste products that may affect brain activity
May 20, 2014

Do chemicals produced by gut bacteria affect children with autism? This week, researchers presented findings from a small study that suggests this possibility. They did so at the annual meeting of the American Society for Microbiology, in Boston.

Can Translational Neuroscience Deliver Effective Treatments for Autism?

IMFAR keynote speaker identifies barriers to delivering better treatments and how international collaboration can break the logjam
May 15, 2014

Neurodevelopmental psychiatrist Declan Murphy, of King’s College London, delivered the first keynote address of the 2014 International Meeting for Autism Research (IMFAR) today in Atlanta.

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.

Adults with Autism Suffer High Rates of Most Major Disorders

Large new study extends findings of earlier research on high rates of medical and psychiatric conditions among children with autism
May 14, 2014

The first large study of its kind finds that adults with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) have higher than normal rates of nearly all major medical and psychiatric disorders. Moreover, their increased health problems extended across all age groups – from young adults to senior citizens.

Large Study Suggests Genes & Environment Contribute Equally to Autism Risk

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.