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Autism Research

'Repetition Is a Response to Extreme Fear' -- A Conversation With the Markrams

Ariane Zurcher | Posted 11.20.2012 | Healthy Living
Ariane Zurcher

I first read about The Intense World Theory in March of this past year. I was also just beginning to find blogs written by autistics. My world completely changed. So it was with great excitement that I sat down with Drs. Kamila and Henry Markram after their presentation on Aug. 1.

Nobody Knows Anything: Autism Edition

Todd Drezner | Posted 11.06.2012 | Healthy Living
Todd Drezner

The message that both Times articles send to readers is that autism should be feared, fought against, and eradicated. That message can do nothing to improve the lives of the hundreds of thousands of autistic people who are with us now.

ICare4Autism and an Opportunity to Make a Difference

Ariane Zurcher | Posted 10.10.2012 | Healthy Living
Ariane Zurcher

I am not an impartial, unbiased observer, prepared to provide an even-handed summation of my observations. I am highly-opinionated and exceptionally-biased in my ever-evolving perspective on autism.

'Priceless' Brain Sample Collection Damaged In Hospital Mishap

AP | STEVE LeBLANC | Posted 08.11.2012 | Science

BELMONT, Mass. — A freezer malfunctioned at a Harvard-affiliated hospital that oversees the world's largest collection of autistic brain samples...

After $1 Billion, Experts See Progress On Autism's Causes

AP | MIKE STOBBE | Posted 06.09.2012 | Healthy Living

ATLANTA — More than $1 billion has been spent over the past decade researching autism. In some ways, the search for its causes looks like a long...

How We Can Collectively Stop Losing Our Children To Autism

Jenny McCarthy | Posted 06.02.2012 | Impact
Jenny McCarthy

We can either continue to collectively stand on the sidelines and debate what is causing autism and if it is an epidemic or we can get on the field and start addressing the real problem -- a generation of children with autism.

5 Ways You Can Take Action On World Autism Awareness Day

Posted 04.02.2012 | Impact

One in 88 U.S. children has an autism spectrum disorder, a developmental disability that more children will be diagnosed with this year than with chil...

Autism. What Are the Odds?

Ronald Ng | Posted 04.08.2012 | Impact
Ronald Ng

Working on Autism Speaks, it was amazing to learn how many prominent people have been affected by this condition first-hand.

New Study Reveals Insight Into Minds Of Children With Autism

The Huffington Post | Emma Gray | Posted 12.15.2011 | Parents

Eyes may be the key to the soul, but the act of opening and closing them -- and the rate at which children do it -- may provide clues to the mind. Acc...

Living With Autism: What I'd Say If I Had Dinner With President Obama

Ariane Zurcher | Posted 08.30.2011 | Healthy Living
Ariane Zurcher

I imagined what I would say to you, Mr. President, if I had the opportunity to have dinner with you. I would speak with you about the rising numbers of children diagnosed with autism.

The Gaping Hole in the Field of Autism Research

Richard Bromfield, Ph.D. | Posted 08.11.2011 | Healthy Living
Richard Bromfield, Ph.D.

While recent strides in autism research are exciting and promise better outcomes for the child with autism, I would argue that the field continues to neglect a key aspect of these children: their internal, emotional lives.

Is Autism Really On The Rise?

Todd Drezner | Posted 08.08.2011 | Healthy Living
Todd Drezner

Increased prevalence does not necessarily mean that there is more autism than there used to be. Instead, it may mean that we are looking for autism more than we used to.

Supporting Real Autism Science

Todd Drezner | Posted 07.16.2011 | Healthy Living
Todd Drezner

The fight about Wakefield is a fight about the past. And that fight has actually hurt scientific research that could eventually help many autistic people. It's time to move on.

Learning To Embrace Autism

Todd Drezner | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Todd Drezner

My conclusions may surprise you, especially if you've grown used to hearing autism described as a soul-stealing prison that plunges families into unending misery.

Breakthrough Discovery On The Causes Of Autism

Mark Hyman, MD | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Mark Hyman, MD

While we don't have all the answers, and more research is needed to identify and validate the causes and treatment of autism, there are new signs of hope.

The Lancet Retracts Dr. Andrew Wakefield's Article On The Autism/Vaccine Connection

Jay Gordon, MD | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Jay Gordon, MD

What is clear is that a sloppy evaluation by a medical journal combined with research poorly done is being used to discredit those of us who believe that real research into the causes of autism must continue.

AUTISM GENES: Researchers Find First Common Link

Reuters | Maggie Fox, Health and Science Editor | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

Researchers have found the first common genetic link to autism and said on Tuesday it could potentially account for 15 percent of the disease's cases....

Obama Budget Would Increase Autism Research Funding

Science | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Autism research will get a funding boost if U.S. President Barack Obama has his way. In his budget overview released yesterday, Obama requested $211 m...