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Researchers study families affected by autism and associated disorders; findings could guide development of personalized treatments
October 31, 2013

Lorenzo Miodus-Santini, now 11, was never a big talker. As an infant he didn't babble or coo. When he began to speak as a toddler, he’d learn one word but forget another. At 13 months, he was diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD).

Lorenzo’s older brother, Christian, doesn’t have autism but likewise struggles with language. Christian has difficulty reading, processing spoken words and speaking clearly. Doctors gave him the diagnosis of specific language impairment.

January 25, 2013

Researchers have found more evidence that inflammation during early pregnancy increases autism risk. The new study found high autism rates among children born to mothers with elevated levels of C-reactive protein (CRP). High CRP is an established marker of body-wide inflammation.

Data from 383 New AGRE Families will help to Accelerate Autism Research

Autism Speaks is proud to announce the release of biological and clinical data from 383 new families participating in Autism Speaks Aut

November 08, 2012

New York, N.Y. (November 8, 2012) – Autism Speaks, the world’s leading autism science and advocacy organization, is proud to announce the release of biological and clinical data from 383 new families participating in Autism Speaks Autism Genetic Resource Exchange (AGRE) to researchers. AGRE is a resource for scientists that is comprised of clinical and biological data from families who have two or more children on the autism spectrum.

Findings suggest how genes and environmental stresses may interact to cause autism
November 07, 2011

 

  In recent years, scientists have identified rare genetic mutations that in and of themselves can produce autism. They have likewise found a large number of genetic changes that increase the risk that a child will develop this disorder. However, fewer than 20 percent of those with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD) harbor identifiable gene defects directly related to the disease.