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Medications may play role in doubling obesity rate among teens with autism; associated health problems highlight need for expert help
March 10, 2014

Researchers with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have documented high rates of obesity among adolescents with developmental disabilities. The highest rate – around 32 percent – was among those with autism.

Harvard study suggests subgroups of children with autism share health problems; separate Autism Speaks study promises further insights
February 03, 2014

A Harvard Medical School analysis of electronic medical records suggests that some children with autism fall into one of three distinct subgroups based on common medical issues.

* Those in the first group have seizures, or epilepsy.

Autism Speaks-funded study finds that jobs that encourage independence reduce autism symptoms and improve life skills
January 13, 2014

A study funded in part by Autism Speaks suggests that job activities that encourage independence reduce disabling autism symptoms and increase daily living skills. The report appears in the Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders.

Study suggests video gaming and in-room electronic media can significantly worsen sleep problems in boys with autism
November 19, 2013

A new study, published online in Pediatrics, suggests that prolonged video-game use as well as TVs and computers in the bedroom can contribute to significant sleep problems in boys with autism.

Findings back Autism Speaks Autism Treatment Network guidelines on proactively evaluating and treating associated medical conditions
November 06, 2013

 

A “Top Ten Advances in Autism Research 2013” Selection
See all the year’s “Top Ten” here.

 

Largest-ever study of autism and celiac disease helps clarify earlier findings; supports parent reports of gluten sensitivities
September 25, 2013


 

In the largest study of its kind, researchers found no link between autism and celiac disease, a severe intestinal disorder triggered by an immune reaction to gluten. However, the study also confirmed a strong association between autism and the presence of antibodies to gluten. Such antibodies indicate a significant immune reaction to the protein, which is found most commonly in wheat.

September 08, 2013

On Saturday the 7th, Autism Speaks organized two important events aimed at lowering the age of diagnosis and increasing access to early intervention in both Chicago and Los Angeles. These outreach events brought together volunteer clinicians, partner organizations and evidence-based resources and resource providers all together in the same place. The goal was to allow families from underserved communities to have access to clinical information and guidance about their child they had not yet received and might be unlikely to see otherwise.