Harvard researchers estimate that the added costs of autism-related healthcare and education average more than $17,000 per child per year in the United States. The figure represents expenses above those for a child without autism spectrum disorder (ASD). On a national level, the researchers estimated that these additional costs exceeded $11.5 billion in 2011.
Behavioral signs of pain are both extremely common and closely linked to disturbed sleep in children with autism, according to a new study published online in the journal Autism.
French researchers have used a rodent study to show how their experimental treatment for autism – the potent diuretic bumetanide – may flip a biochemical switch in the brain. Their report appears today in Science.
A small study suggests that the brains of children with autism generate more information when at rest than do the brains of other children. The researchers say that this excess production of information may explain the withdrawal into an “inner world” seen in many individuals with autism.
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.
For the first time in 15 years, the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry has updated its treatment guidelines for autism spectrum disorder (ASD).
A review of more than 29,000 studies identified 27 autism therapies as worthy to be called "evidence-based." This is up from 24 autism therapies that the authors identified as solidly backed by research in their first review, published in 2008.
NEW YORK, N.Y. (January 29, 2014) – A new study from researchers at Autism Speaks, the world’s leading autism science and advocacy organization, shows improvement towards universal early screening for autism.