Prevalence of Autism Rises
One in 68 American children living with autism; Autism Speaks calls for immediate national action plan.
Washington, D.C. (March 27, 2014) – Today, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released new data on the prevalence of autism in the United States. This surveillance study identified 1 in 68 children (1 in 42 boys and 1 in 189 girls) as having autism spectrum disorder (ASD)..........

 

World Health Assembly Adopts Resolution on Autism
Today the World Health Assembly adopted a formal resolution making autism a global health priority. The assembly is the governing body of the World Health Organization (WHO). As such, the resolution brings a formal commitment by member states of the United Nations.........

 

Why Autism Risk Rises with Mom’s Age: Study May Shed Light
New research may help explain why autism is more common among the children of older mothers. The study, in PLOS-Genetics, implicates an accumulation of changes in the mechanisms that control gene activity in the developing brain.
The lead researcher, Esther Berko of New York’s Einstein School of Medicine, pursued her research with the support of an Autism Speaks Weatherstone Predoctoral Fellowship. She did so in collaboration with John Greally, a pioneer in the field of epigenetics. Epigenetics refers to the mechanisms that control gene activity and how these mechanisms can be changed by environmental influences...........