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Evaluation of an Activities of Daily Living Scale for Adolescents and Adults with Developmental Disabilities

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Disability and Health Journal
Date Published: 
October 17, 2012
Abstract: 

ASF Grantee Matthew Maenner and colleagues developed the Waisman Activities of Daily Living (W-ADL) Scale to measure daily living skills of adolescents and adults with developmental disabilities. The scale is a free and efficient tool for surveys and epidemiological research.

Whole-Genome Sequencing in Autism Identifies Hot Spots for De Novo Germline Mutation

Source: 
Cell
Date Published: 
December 21, 2012
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UCSD researchers suggest genes linked to autism have higher mutation rates than other genes.

Notable Papers of 2012

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SFARI
Date Published: 
December 26, 2012
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SFARI's top ten autism research papers of 2012

Genomic Technology Reveals Hundreds of Autism Gene Mutations

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Laboratory Equipment
Date Published: 
December 20, 2012
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ASF SAB member Dr. Joe Buxbaum on his new gene discoveries using high-throughput sequencing:
"By identifying the many genetic roots of this disorder, we can better understand its biology, which in turn will allow us to develop more tailored treatments for individuals. It is a transformative time for genetic research in autism."

Functional magnetic resonance imaging of autism spectrum disorders

Source: 
Dialogues in Clinical Neuroscience
Date Published: 
December 10, 2012
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Dr. Gabriel Dichter presents a new review of fMRI research in ASD, noting common themes of atypical activation and functional connectivity in the brain.

Telehealth for Expanding the Reach of Early Autism Training to Parents

Source: 
Autism Research and Treatment
Date Published: 
December 19, 2012
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Telehealth interventions, the delivery of specialized services through communication technologies, may be a viable option for families of young children with ASD who have limited access to intervention services.

FMRP Targets Distinct mRNA Sequence Elements to Regulate Protein Expression

Source: 
Nature
Date Published: 
December 12, 2012
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Researchers link Fragile X syndrome protein to 93 genes that have been implicated in ASD. Lead investigator says the findings may lead to more detailed genetic tests.

Pediatricians: Keep Thimerosal in Vaccines

Source: 
MedPage Today
Date Published: 
December 17, 2012
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AAP reverses position on thimerosal, saying if it knew in 1999 what it knows now about thimerosol it would NOT have issued the statement calling for thimerosol to be removed from vaccines that resulted in panic.

"Studies looking for harms from thimerosal-containing vaccine failed to find such associations. The consistent lack of evidence of any harm from thimerosal in vaccines formed the basis of the AAP's reversal of its 1999 stance, and Cooper and Katz suggested that the academy would not have issued the original statement with that knowledge in-hand."