Autism in the News

Environmental Hazards May Alter Sperm and Predispose Children to Autism

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Research published today suggests that fathers’ exposure to environmental factors, such as toxins and infections, may alter sperm in ways that predispose children to autism. Read more: https://www.autismspeaks.org/science/science-news/study-links-autism-epigenetic-changes-dads’-sperm

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New Study Links Gestational Diabetes and Increased Risk of Autism

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A new study indicates that diabetes that develops early in pregnancy increases the risk of autism by 40 percent. This research highlights the importance of comprehensive prenatal care for the health of women and their babies. Learn more: https://www.autismspeaks.org/science/science-news/can-early-control-gestational-diabetes-reduce-autism-risk

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Low Vitamin D May Increase Autism Risk

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Recent research suggests that low vitamin D levels may increase the risk for autism. Previous research has shown that prenatal vitamins (folate in particular) can reduce autism risk if started before conception and continued throughout pregnancy. The link between autism and prenatal nutrition may be most pronounced for children who are at risk due to

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Current Research

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Take a look at the articles in this special autism supplement to the medical journal Pediatrics – including articles on insomnia, nutrient intake, ADHD, psychotropic medication, GI issues, and early intervention.  Read the articles here: http://pediatrics.aappublications.org/content/130/Supplement_2.tocTake

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Early Marker for Autism

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A study by researchers at the UC Davis MIND Institute and Yale University has found that more than 95 percent of the placentas of infants who are among those at the greatest risk of developing autism contained abnormal cells, called trophoblast inclusions, suggesting that the abnormality may hold promise as a very early marker for

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Autism and Co-Morbid Psychiatric Disorders

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Check out this really informative article about autism and co-morbid psychiatric disorders. It discusses bipolar disorder, anxiety, depression, ADHD, schizophrenia and OCD and how to identify these disorders in people with autism. It also links to specific studies on each topic and medication information. Since it is estimated that two-thirds of those with autism have

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Ethics in Genetic Testing

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The American Academy of Pediatrics recently posted a policy statement on Ethical and Policy Issues in Genetic Testing and Screening of Children. Check it out: http://pediatrics.aappublications.org/content/early/2013/02/17/peds.2012-3680.full.pdf+html

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The Prevalence of Autism

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A new government survey may indicate that the current 1 in 88 statistic underestimates the number of  school aged children with autism.  Read about it here: http://www.autismspeaks.org/science/science-news/national-survey-pegs-autism-prevalence-1-50-school-age-children

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ESDM In Top 10 Medical Breakthroughs

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The Early Start Denver Model was ranked fifth in the top 10 medical breakthroughs of 2012 in Time Magazine.  Read about it here: http://healthland.time.com/2012/12/04/top-10-health-lists/slide/hope-for-reversing-autism/#ixzz2E8P2qTfA

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Top 10 Autism Research Advancements of 2012

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If you haven’t checked them out already, take a look at Autism Speaks Top 10 Autism Research Advancements of 2012! http://www.autismspeaks.org/science/science-news/top-ten-autism-research-advances-2012

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