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.
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.
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.
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.