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CDSweep Makes it Easy to Clean Out Your Unwanted CDs and Help Support Autism Research

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June 5, 2012
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CDSweep (www.cdsweep.com) launches today with an easy way to do a clean sweep of all your unwanted CDs and help fund critical autism research. Just box up all of your unwanted CDs and DVDs, ship them free with prepaid FedEx labels, and for each disc received a donation will be made to ASF.

(New York, NY) -- CDSweep (www.cdsweep.com) launches today with an easy way to do a clean sweep of all your unwanted CDs and help fund critical autism research. Just box up all of your unwanted CDs and DVDs, ship them free with prepaid FedEx labels, and for each disc received a donation will be made to the Autism Science Foundation (ASF).  

Go to www.CDSweep.com, enter the amount of discs you’re sending, and you'll be emailed a prepaid FedEx label to ship them all for free. Your donation is tax-deductible and benefits the Autism Science Foundation (www.autismsciencefoundation.org), which provides funding directly to scientists conducting innovative autism research and supports the needs of people with autism and their families.

Donating your old discs to CDSweep will help advance cutting-edge scientific research into the causes and treatment of autism and provide the fast-growing number of affected individuals with the gift of hope. You can even request that your CDs be digitized to MP3s and sent back to you on DVDs for free.

"Donating your used music through CDSweep is so simple but it can directly help the millions of Americans challenged by autism," said Alison Singer, president of the Autism Science Foundation. "The increase in new autism cases is shocking and we've made significant new strides in understanding potential causes but there's never been a more important time to help further that research because we're not just talking about numbers, we're talking about real people with real needs today."

CDs and DVDs are processed by iPodmeister (www.ipodmeister.com), which ships used discs abroad to countries where they have higher resale value.  

ASF is a tax-exempt public charity under section 501(c)3 of the Internal Revenue Code. Donations are deductible to the full extent allowed by IRS law, receipts are provided upon request.

The Economic Impact of Autism on Families

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The Atlantic
Date Published: 
May 31, 2012
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Interesting article about the financial impacts of autism on American families from The Atlantic.

Fever During Pregnancy May Raise Odds for Autism in Offspring

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Childhood Autism Risks from Genetics and Environment (CHARGE) study
Date Published: 
June 1, 2012
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According to a new study from the University of California at Davis, moms who had a fever from any cause during pregnancy were more than twice as likely to have a child with autism or another developmental delay, when compared with moms who did not run fever during pregnancy. Moms who had the flu during pregnancy were not at greater risk for having children with autism or another developmental delay.

According to a new study from the University of California at Davis, moms who had a fever from any cause during pregnancy were more than twice as likely to have a child with autism or another developmental delay, when compared with moms who did not run fever during pregnancy. Moms who had the flu during pregnancy were not at greater risk for having children with autism or another developmental delay.

The findings are culled from the Childhood Autism Risks from Genetics and Environment (CHARGE) study. This is the same dataset that recently led to a report that moms who are obese or have diabetes may be at higher risk for having children with autism. The common denominator between diabetes, obesity and fever is inflammation.

Special Report: New Drugs, Fresh Hope for Autism Patients

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Reuters
Date Published: 
May 31, 2012
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Researchers are conducting advanced trials of the first drugs expressly designed to correct the genetically induced signaling problems in the brain that result in autism. The early indications are positive enough to offer new hope for families and spark interest from drug companies.

Researchers are conducting advanced trials of the first drugs expressly designed to correct the genetically induced signaling problems in the brain that result in autism. The early indications are positive enough to offer new hope for families and spark interest from drug companies.

Antioxidants For Autism

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Biological Psychiatry
Date Published: 
June 1, 2012
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A specific antioxidant supplement containing N-Acetylcysteine, or NAC may be an effective therapy for some features of autism, according to a pilot trial from the Stanford University School of Medicine and Lucile Packard Children's Hospital that involved 31 children with the disorder.

A specific antioxidant supplement containing N-Acetylcysteine, or NAC may be an effective therapy for some features of autism, according to a pilot trial from the Stanford University School of Medicine and Lucile Packard Children's Hospital that involved 31 children with the disorder.

Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee (IACC) to meet July 10, 2012

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The first meeting of the Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee (IACC) under the Combating Autism Reauthorization Act (CARA) will be July 10, 2012. Additional meeting details will be posted on the IACC website, http://iacc.hhs.gov/events/, as they become available in June and early July.

Please save the date Tuesday, July 10, 2012 for the first meeting of the Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee (IACC) under the Combating Autism Reauthorization Act.  OARC will post additional meeting details to the IACC website, http://iacc.hhs.gov/events/,  as they become available in June and early July.

Autism Scientists Search for Help, for Their Own Kids' Sakes

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USA Today
Date Published: 
May 22, 2012
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The CDC now reports that 1 in 88 children has an autism spectrum disorder. Yale autism researcher Dr. Kevin Pelphrey is only one of many scientists who have a child with autism.

ASF President Alison Singer Appears on PBS's Charlie Rose

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May 11, 2012
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PBS's "Charlie Rose" explores the most current autism science with guests Autism with Eric Kandel of Columbia University, Gerald Fischbach of The Simons Foundation, Uta Frith of University College London, Matthew State of Yale University, and Alison Singer of the Autism Science Foundation.

PBS's "Charlie Rose" explores the most current autism science with guests Autism with Eric Kandel of Columbia University, Gerald Fischbach of The Simons Foundation, Uta Frith of University College London, Matthew State of Yale University, and Alison Singer of the Autism Science Foundation.

Watch the full episode here.

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Facebook

Many with Autism Lack Work Experience

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Chicago Sun-Times
Date Published: 
May 14, 2012
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One in three young adults with autism has no paid job experience, college, or technical schooling nearly seven years after high school graduation, a new study finds.