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Large study provides further evidence that more-severe genetic mutations required for a girl to develop autism than for a boy
February 27, 2014


A large new study adds evidence to the idea that something protects the developing female brain from neurodevelopmental disorders including autism. This "female protective model" proposes that more extreme genetic mutations are required for a girl to develop autism than for a boy.

Janssen R&D taps Autism Speaks expertise to develop award-winning platform for optimizing development of autism medicines and care
February 24, 2014

This weekend, the Microsoft Health Users Group (Microsoft HUG) awarded Janssen Research & Development its Innovation Award for the company’s Autism Knowledge Engine. Autism Speaks provided scientific guidance in developing the platform.

Researchers link more pollutants to disorders of brain development; call for global prevention strategy to control their use
February 18, 2014


A new report implicates a growing number of industrial chemicals as contributing to autism and other disorders of brain development. The authors call for a global strategy to reduce exposure.

Autism Speaks study finds non-experts can use new, simple test to screen for autism among children in poor world regions
February 13, 2014

 

Researchers have shown that a simple screening test for autism and other neurodevelopmental disorders is both practical and effective for use in world regions lacking in resources and expertise.