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Paul Wang

May 15, 2014

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.

Researchers say greater focus on repetitive behaviors may help identify babies and toddlers who will benefit from early intervention
May 15, 2014

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.

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.”

Three-fold increase between 1999 and 2009; rise is most dramatic among teens hospitalized for mental-health issues
April 17, 2014

Hospitalization of children with autism nearly tripled across a decade, new research shows, with the most dramatic rise among teens hospitalized for mental health issues. The report, now online, will appear in the May issue of the Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders.