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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.

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?”
 

Hospitalizations Rise among Children with Autism

Three-fold increase between 1999 and 2009; rise is most dramatic among teens hospitalized for mental-health issues
April 17, 2014

Hospitalization of children with autism nearly tripled across a decade, new research shows, with the most dramatic rise among teens hospitalized for mental health issues. The report, now online, will appear in the May issue of the Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders.