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How Can We Stem Weight Gain Related to Behavioral Meds for Autism?

April 18, 2014

“Our son has developed diabetes, and we know it’s from the weight he gained since starting behavioral medicines. We’ve tried everything to manage his appetite, and it’s tearing us apart to think we’re trading his health for his ability to function in school. What can we do?”

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.

Worms, Hot Baths Make Headlines as Potential Autism Treatments

December 13, 2013

Two preliminary and strange-sounding findings are making headlines this week. Researchers are seeing if harmless, anti-inflammatory intestinal worms or hot baths can temporarily ease autism symptoms in some children. Their very early results look promising. Autism Speaks Chief Science Officer, Rob Ring, was asked to comment on the research by HealthDay.

 "My own general mantra is to be agnostic about where new ideas come from, but religious about data," Ring said. "It's important for the field of autism to develop new approaches."

IACC Cancels Oct. 9 Meeting Due to Shutdown

October 04, 2013

WASHINGTON, DC (October 4, 2013) -- The Interagency Autism Coordinating Council (IACC) has alerted stakeholders that its October 9 meeting has been cancelled due to the federal government shutdown. The October 29 meeting remains on the schedule pending further developments with the budget impasse.

Free Seminar on Role of Immunology, Genes and Environment in Autism

Leading autism researchers will present & answer questions via webstream as well as in person at UC-Davis
May 22, 2013


Autism Speaks, the Autism Research Institute and the MIND Institute at the University of California-Davis invite researchers and the public to attend “Immunological Factors, Genes and the Environment in Autism: from Research to Treatment.” The educational session will take place Saturday, June 1, from 8:30 am to 12:30 pm Pacific Time at the UC-Davis MIND Institute.