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Costs of Autism: Study Tallies Kids’ Higher Health and Education Needs

Harvard researchers find substantial costs in healthcare and education; more in-depth findings to come from Autism Speaks
February 10, 2014

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.

In Children with Autism, Nonverbal Signs of Pain Predict Sleep Problems

Researchers urge more attention to signs of chronic pain; flag need to address underlying issues to improve sleep in children with ASD
February 06, 2014

 

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.

A Potent Diuretic as Autism Treatment?

Animal study may show how experimental treatment “flips a switch” in brain; Autism Speaks Chief Science Officer urges caution
February 06, 2014

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.

Autism & Busy Brains: Does Brain Activity Interfere with Sociability?

Small study shows high brain activity when children with autism are at rest; researchers say this could explain “withdrawal into self”
February 03, 2014

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.

Do Medical Problems Reveal Autism Subtypes?

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 Treatment Guidelines: Long Overdue Update by Psychiatric Academy

American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry updates 1999 guidelines for ASD; embraces multidisciplinary care model long advocated by Autism Speaks
January 31, 2014

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).

More Autism Therapies Prove their Worth

New review of autism interventions identifies 27 with solid scientific evidence of benefits; up from 24 in 2008
January 30, 2014

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.

Autism Speaks Study Finds Advances towards Early Screening, Concerns about Path to Intervention

A new study from researchers at Autism Speaks shows improvement towards universal early screening for autism

January 28, 2014

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.