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Seizures in Angelman Syndrome Could be Linked to an Imbalance in Brain Activity

Source: 
UNC School of Medicine
Date Published: 
June 6, 2012
Abstract: 

Researchers led by Dr. Ben Philpot, an ASF funded mentor, at UNC School of Medicine found that seizures in individuals with Angelman syndrome could be linked to an imbalance in brain cell activity. Angelman syndrome exhibits frequent comorbidity with autism spectrum disorders.

Study from University of South Australia Found that Individuals with ASD had Impairments in Face Processing and Acquiring Familiar Representations

Source: 
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22643237
Date Published: 
May 24, 2012
Abstract: 

A new study from the University of South Australia and the University of Cambridge found that individuals with ASD had impairments in processing faces and acquiring new face representations for familiarity.

Study from UCSB Examines Teaching Initiations in Social Intervention Programs for School Children with Autism

Source: 
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22645399
Date Published: 
May 29, 2012
Abstract: 

A new study from UC Santa Barbara found that teaching initiations in social intervention programs improved social engagement for school children with autism.

Study from Kennedy Krieger Institute Suggests that "Head Lag" Test Might Help Diagnose Autism

Source: 
http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-504763_162-57435717-10391704/simple-head-lag-test-may-help-diagnose-autism-research-suggests/
Date Published: 
May 16, 2012
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New study by Dr. Rebecca Landa of the Kennedy Krieger Institute suggests that "head lag" test might help diagnose autism.

New Issue of Scientific Journal "Autism Research" Available Online

Source: 
http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/journal/10.1002/%28ISSN%291939-3806/earlyview
Date Published: 
June 4, 2012
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A new issue of the scientific journal "Autism Research" is now available online before print release.

http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/journal/10.1002/%28ISSN%291939-3806/earlyview

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

Date Published: 
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

Source: 
The Atlantic
Date Published: 
May 31, 2012
Abstract: 

Interesting article about the financial impacts of autism on American families from The Atlantic.

Fever During Pregnancy May Raise Odds for Autism in Offspring

Source: 
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

Source: 
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

Source: 
Biological Psychiatry
Date Published: 
June 1, 2012
Abstract: 

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.