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Researchers Look At Why Autism Cases Are Increasing

Posted 11.04.2014 | Parents

By: Rachael Rettner Published: 11/03/2014 04:04 PM EST on LiveScience The percentage of children with autism worldwide has increased in recent y...

Macrina Cooper-White

EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: Temple Grandin On How To Thrive With Autism

HuffingtonPost.com | Macrina Cooper-White | Posted 08.29.2014 | Science

At the age of three, Temple Grandin could barely get out a full sentence and doctors diagnosed her with autism, advising her parents that she shou...

Mutant Mice's Odd Behavior May Yield Key Clues About Autism

LiveScience | Tanya Lewis | Posted 05.27.2014 | Science

It's not every day you see a mouse with a mohawk. But that's what researchers saw while studying mice that had a genetic mutation linked to autism. ...

Autism Is Not Preventable -- Or Is It?

Claudia S. Miller, M.D., M.S. | Posted 07.05.2014 | Healthy Living
Claudia S. Miller, M.D., M.S.

This upward trend can no longer be rationalized as a product of "better diagnosing" -- environmental factors almost certainly are playing a role.

Insight Into Autism: The Latest Brain Research

Sandra Bond Chapman, Ph.D. | Posted 06.03.2014 | Healthy Living
Sandra Bond Chapman, Ph.D.

Autism is a very difficult diagnosis, because it affects areas of the brain governing social interactions and relationships, the very foundation of family and community life. But those with the diagnosis need not feel hopeless or believe isolation is their only future.

Anna Almendrala

More Children With Autism Are Going To College Than Ever Before (And 5 Other Key Findings)

HuffingtonPost.com | Anna Almendrala | Posted 03.11.2014 | Parents

Research on autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is still in its infancy, but knowledge about the brain disorder, which is associated with developmental del...

Autism: A Whole Body Disorder?

Arshya Vahabzadeh, M.D. | Posted 11.23.2013 | Healthy Living
Arshya Vahabzadeh, M.D.

It does appear that there is growing evidence linking autism, an abnormally functioning immune system, and a variety of medical conditions. The exact associations, so far, elude our understanding.

Making a Difference: The World of Giving - April Is Autism Awareness Month

Lisa M. Dietlin | Posted 06.15.2013 | Impact
Lisa M. Dietlin

Did you know that autism is the fastest-growing developmental disorder but is also the most underfunded? This April marks Autism Awareness Month, an entire month devoted to raising awareness about this disease.

Not Why But How

Janet Grillo | Posted 06.03.2013 | Parents
Janet Grillo

HOW can we guarantee that today's 1 in 50 will have a secure tomorrow? By engaging larger society to join our kids, our families, and our cause. But HOW?

Eric Cantor Unveils Plan To Redirect Public Campaign Funds To Pediatric Research

The Huffington Post | Chelsea Kiene | Posted 04.02.2013 | Politics

House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) has announced plans to introduce a bill that would redirect federal funds to pediatric research at the Natio...

Thoughts on World Autism Awareness Day

Chantal Sicile-Kira | Posted 06.02.2013 | Healthy Living
Chantal Sicile-Kira

Never giving up and being open to the possibilities that come our way and Jeremy's way is how we live. We look for ways to connect and to give back. We are grateful to our community and society's increasing acceptance and understanding of those who are differently-abled.

10 Things We Know About Autism That We Didn't Know a Year Ago

Geraldine Dawson | Posted 06.02.2013 | Healthy Living
Geraldine Dawson

Just two decades ago, autism was a mysterious and somewhat obscure disorder, commonly associated with the movie Rain Man and savantism. It affected an estimated 1 in 5,000 children. How times have changed.

My Son Had Autism -- Then He Didn't

Shawn Bean | Posted 03.24.2013 | Parents
Shawn Bean

For our family, the autism spectrum was like the Alaskan winter. There was no light. The darkness went on and on and on. Then one day, a yolk-hued color broke across the horizon. And it stayed. But we haven't forgotten what the darkness was like.

It's Time for a National Autism Strategy

Bob Wright | Posted 01.29.2013 | Politics
Bob Wright

Five years ago, many people reading this would have known autism only from what they read in the newspaper or saw on television. Today, they are the parents or relatives of affected children. Autism has changed their lives, and it continues to change the lives of millions of Americans. We must face up to the crisis.

Ending Fear Over the New Autism Diagnosis

Catherine Lord, Ph.D. | Posted 12.24.2012 | Healthy Living
Catherine Lord, Ph.D.

In the DSM-5, we propose a new way of looking at these disorders, merging them into a single diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder. We believe this will create more accurate diagnoses and improved access to services. It should also improve research into ASD.

Autism Sucks and Then We Die

Kim Stagliano | Posted 12.01.2012 | Healthy Living
Kim Stagliano

We have to petition a judge to take away Mia's rights as an adult so that we can make her medical, legal and financial decisions because thanks to her autism, she is not able to make safe choices for herself.

Connecting Autistic Behavior to Brain Function

Marlene Behrmann | Posted 11.22.2012 | Science
Marlene Behrmann

Even given our significant advances in understanding how the brain works, there hasn't been evidence to tie autistic behavioral patterns together with corresponding neural functions. Until now.

'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.