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NIH has Awarded $100 Million for the Autism Centers of Excellence Program

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National Institue of Health
Date Published: 
September 4, 2012
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NIH Announces Autism ACE Center and Network grant recipients. NIH has awarded $100 million for the Autism Centers of Excellence Program. Nine grantees will receive research funding over the next five years.

Researchers Exploring Whether Anatomy Of The Lower Lungs Airways Indicates Autism

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Children's Health Center at St. Joseph's Hospital and Medical Center
Date Published: 
August 28, 2012
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Researchers at the St. Joseph's Hospital and Medical Center of Phoenix are looking into whether anatomy of the bronchi of lower lungs airways indicates autism.

Supplemental Material Blood-Based Gene Expression Signatures of Infants and Toddlers With Autism

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Journal of the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry
Date Published: 
September 2012
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Dr. Eric Courchesne recently published his work he previewed at this year's IMFAR in the "Journal of the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry."

The mRNA expression abnormalities reliably observed in peripheral blood mononuclear cells, which are safely and easily assayed in infants, offer the first potential peripheral blood–based, early biomarker panel of risk for autism in infants and toddlers. Future work should verify these biomarkers and evaluate whether they may also serve as indirect indices of deviant molecular neural mechanisms in autism.

Children With An Autism Spectrum Disorder Often Victims Of Bullying

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Newsday.com
Date Published: 
September 3, 2012
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Nearly half of U.S. children with an autism spectrum disorder are victims of bullying, a new study from University of California at Berkeley finds.

All Out Assault on Autism

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US News & World Report
Date Published: 
September 2012
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Read a comprehensive report on the latest in autism treatments and research. ASF president Alison Singer is quoted. Read the full article - http://autismsciencefoundation.files.wordpress.com/2012/08/an-all-out-as....

CDC Warns Of Flu Risk For Kids With Disabilities

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CDC
Date Published: 
August 29, 2012
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Federal health officials are warning that kids with neurologic disorders face a high risk of death if they get the flu.

Evidence weak that vocational programs help autistic young adults

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Pediatrics
Date Published: 
August 27, 2012
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A new study from Vanderbilt and published in Pediatrics finds there's little science to backup the efficacy of current methods used to help young adults with these neurodevelopmental disorders segue into the workforce.

Father’s Age Is Linked to Risk of Autism and Schizophrenia

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Nature
Date Published: 
August 22, 2012
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Older men are more likely than young ones to father a child who develops autism or schizophrenia, because of random mutations that become more numerous with advancing paternal age, scientists reported on Wednesday, in the first study to quantify the effect as it builds each year. The age of mothers had no bearing on the risk for these disorders, the study found. Full article is here - http://www.autismsciencefoundation.org/sites/default/files/nature11396.pdf.

Stanford researchers investigate the emotional side of autism

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Stanford School of Medicine
Date Published: 
August 14, 2012
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Researchers at Stanford University have found that adults with autism spectrum disorders report greater levels of negative emotion in general.

Oxytocin-Looking Beyond the Love Drug

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Wall Street Journal
Date Published: 
August 10, 2012
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Important work from ASF SAB Member Kevin Pelphrey of the Yale Child Study Center.