Researchers funded by Autism Speaks have helped devise a “genetic formula” that promises to improve the accuracy of early screening for autism and speed the identification of biological targets for future treatments.
Today the World Health Assembly adopted a formal resolution making autism a global health priority. The assembly is the governing body of the World Health Organization (WHO). As such, the resolution brings a formal commitment by member states of the United Nations.
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.
A meta-analysis of ten studies involving more than 1.2 million children reaffirms that vaccines don’t cause autism. If anything, immunization was associated with decreased risk that children would develop autism, a possibility that’s strongest with the measles-mumps-rubella vaccine.
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.
A greater focus on very early repetitive behaviors may help identify more babies and toddlers who would benefit from early intervention for autism, a new study suggests.
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.