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Key to independence for high schoolers with autism may be superior visual thinking

Friday, March 14, 2014

Researchers at UNC's Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute (FPG) and UNC's School of Education report that teaching independence to adolescents with autism can provide a crucial boost to their chances for success after high school.

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Exposure to environmental toxins linked to autism incidence rates

Friday, March 7, 2014

Researchers from the University of Chicago have found that rates of autism and intellectual disability in the US correlate with incidence of genital malformation in newborn males at county level - an indicator of fetus exposure to harmful environmental factors, such as pesticides.

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Brain Region Singled Out for Social Memory, Possible Therapeutic Target for Select Brain Disorders

Friday, March 7, 2014

A small region in the memory hub known as the hippocampus called CA2 (highlighted in green in this mouse brain section) is essential for social memory, the ability of an animal to recognize others of its kind. Knowledge of this region could lead to future treatments in brain disorders such as schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, and autism. Source: Stephen Siegelbaum, Ph.D., Columbia University Medical Center.

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Autism Speaks Announces Unprecedented Investment in Gut-Brain Research

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Autism Speaks has announced it’s taking a leadership role in advancing research on gut-brain interactions as well as the treatment of the GI disorders that commonly affect individuals with autism. The organization is inviting applications for research grants of up to $500,00 per year for up to 3 years to support the highest standards of innovative science.

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Study May Add Another Link between Autism and Toxic Prenatal Exposures

Thursday, March 13, 2014

An analysis of nearly 100 million medical records suggests that local rates of autism increase with rates of certain birth defects. The researchers suggest that this is further evidence - though indirect - that prenatal exposure to certain toxic chemicals can increase risk of autism.

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