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Low Birth Weight Linked to Autism Spectrum Disorders

Low birth weight affects a child’s chance of having an autism spectrum disorder (ASD), according to a study conducted by a Northwestern University researcher.

“Our study of discordant twins – twin pairs in which only one twin was affected by ASD – found birth weight to be a very strong predictor of autism spectrum disorder,” said Northwestern University researcher Molly Losh.

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African-American Children with Autism Diagnosed Later

A study by a Florida State University researcher has shown that African-American children receive a diagnosis of autism later than other children, which can negatively affect their treatment.

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Australian Autism Funding Dire

Australian families are faced with dire choices as a result of funding for autism treatment being abysmally low.

In order to access crucial treatment, parents of children with autism are having to sell their homes or leave the country.

Governmental guidelines recommend early intervention for autism with a “minimum of 20 hours a week over two or more years” which can cost up to $50,000 a year. The government’s “Helping children with autism package” of $6000 a year covers only one hour a week, advocates say.

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Researchers find Uncommon Bacteria in Digestive System of Children with Autism

Researchers at the Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University have found that an uncommon bacterium exists in the walls of intestines of children with autism, but not those who do not have autism.The study, led by Brent Williams, tested 23 tissue biopsy samples from children with autism and found that a large portion (12 of the 23) contained the bacteria belonging to the group Sutterella. Even so, the bacteria are generally uncommon, not being found in any of the tissue samples from  children without autism.

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Comprehensive Autism Workforce Development Initiative

An integral component of ICare4Autism’s Global Autism Center for Research and Education in Jerusalem will be the world’s first comprehensive autism workforce development initiative which will encompass workforce entry services for high school students with autism, post-transition supportive services, vocational and employment services ranging from semi-skilled to high functioning individuals, and a special targeted program to place persons with Asperger’s Syndrome in technology sector jobs.

Workforce Entry Services

Services to provide high school students with autism with the opportunity to discover their interests and abilities by participating in a variety of vocational experiences, and works with students and their families to develop realistic transition plans when preparing to leave school and enter the workforce.  Also includes post-transition supportive services and independent life skills reinforcement.

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UK Autism: MPs Impressed With UK Autism Foundation’s Achievements

uk_mapFrom Medical News Today, The member of parliament for Feltham and Heston Alan Keen MP together with his wife, Health Minister Ann Keen MP,(Brentford & Isleworth) wrote to the UK Autism Foundation wishing the ‘Scope for Hope’ autism charity dinner in Feltham every success. Hundreds attended the glittering event, held at the Royal Naval Association Club in Feltham, Middlesex on Saturday 13th June.

Alan and Ann Keen in a special message said: “We are very sorry that we cannot be with you tonight for this very auspicious occasion. The hard work and dedication of the UK Autism Foundation deserves huge support and we are extremely impressed with the Foundation’s achievements to date. We hope you all have a great evening and raise lots of money to continue to help fund the Foundation’s excellent work.”

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European Union Research Grant Awarded To University Of Haifa Research Team

Haifa Research Team Awarded Grant

Haifa Research Team Awarded Grant

From Medical News Today, The research team is headed by Prof. Kobi Rosenblum of the University of Haifa’s Department of Neurobiology and Ethology and has been awarded a grant of $815,000. A research team composed of 14 European groups, headed by Prof. Nils Brose of the Max Planck Institute for Experimental Medicine, has been awarded 11.9 million Euro, on behalf of the European Union, to study the role of synaptic proteins in neurological and psychiatric diseases. One of the research teams is headed by Prof. Kobi Rosenblum of the University of Haifa’s Department of Neurobiology and Ethology and has been awarded a grant of 600,000 Euro. The topic of the grant is “Synaptic protein networks in neurological and psychiatric disease.”

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