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Adults with Autism Suffer High Rates of Most Major Disorders

Large new study extends findings of earlier research on high rates of medical and psychiatric conditions among children with autism
May 14, 2014

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.

Regressive Autism Reported Twice as Often among African American Children

Rates of regressive autism also appear elevated among Hispanics; researcher urges further study to understand why
May 06, 2014

 

Reports of regressive autism – in which young children lose early language and social skills – are twice as common for African American children as for white children, according to new research. The same study found reports of regression 50 percent higher for Hispanic children than for whites.

Large Study Suggests Genes & Environment Contribute Equally to Autism Risk

Largest-ever autism risk analysis provides further evidence that genetic and nongenetic factors both contribute powerfully to ASD
May 03, 2014

The largest-ever study of its kind suggests that the risk of autism is influenced equally by genetic and environmental factors. In scientific terms, environmental factors include a broad range of influences. In autism, these can be as varied as parental age, birth complications, maternal nutrition at conception and exposure to pollution during early brain development.

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