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Minnesota Reforms Autism Insurance Coverage, Next Step for The Nation?

The Minnesota Legislature has proposed the first bill of 2013 to reform insurance coverage for autism. The health care bill encompassing autism coverage reform was approved by the House of Representatives on Friday and by the Senate on Saturday. It is estimated that the changes would benefit 750,000 Minnesota residents who are insured by state-regulated [...]

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Grant will Support Neuroscientist’s Autism Research

14 young scientists are participating in the Harvard Catalyst KL2 Medical Investigator Research Training (MeRIT) program, and will spend the next two years conducting clinical and translational research to learn more about the origins of ASD in children. Among them will be Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC) neuroscientist Lindsay Oberman, PhD, using noninvasive brain [...]

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Degree in Autism Studies Launches

Kennebec Valley Community College in Maine is launching a two-year degree in autism spectrum disorder studies this fall. Martha Naber, education program coordinator at KVCC, said the program is important for the health of families and communities. As the prevalence of Autism rises, so does the need for educators to have a thorough understanding of [...]

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Autism, S100B Protein and Autoimmunity

A recent study showed that 36% of children with an Autism diagnosis had significantly higher serum S100B protein levels than healthy controls and that those with severe autism had significantly higher serum S100B protein than children with mild to moderate autism. 

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Severity of Autism Linked to Length of Pregnancy

Researchers at Michigan State University have discovered a connection between length of pregnancy and the severity of autism symptoms. The research suggests normal term children born with autism have less severe symptoms than children with autism who are born pre-term or several weeks late. Researchers also say that children with autism who were born either preterm or [...]

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Dame Shirley on Fostering a Giving Culture

Dame Stephanie Shirley is the British Government’s Founding Ambassador for Philanthropy, and the Chairman of the Shirley Foundation. The keynote speaker of the upcoming ICare4Autism International Autism Conference, Dame Shirley, recently expressed her thoughts on philanthropy and how to invigorate a giving culture.

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Study Shows Annual Autism Cost Soars

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Preliminary results of new research estimate that autism is costing society an overwhelming $126 billion per year (U.S.) – a figure that has more than tripled since 2006, and annually in the U.K. has reached more than £34 billion (equivalent to $54 billion U.S.). The costs of care for an individual with autism affected by [...]

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Technology Company Utilizing Skills of Those with Autism Spectrum Disorders

One L.A. based technology company has launched a new initiative to utilize skills specific to those with high-functioning autism and Asperger’s syndrome. A study led by UK researcher Simon Baron-Cohen revealed that those with autism spectrum disorders often have excellent attention to detail that is directed towards detecting ‘if p, then q’ rules (or [input–operation–output] [...]

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Prenatal Exposure to Solvents Could Be Linked to Autism

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Exposure to certain solvents in the workplace, such as lacquer, varnish and xylene, could be linked to a child’s autism. According to an exploratory study by Erin McCanlies, a research epidemiologist from the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), and colleagues, exposure to these chemicals could play a part in causing autism. Their [...]

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$1 Billion Virtual Brain could Shed Light on Autism

Dr. Henry Markram is Director of the Blue Brain Project at École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL). It is a supercomputing project that can model components of the mammalian brain to precise cellular detail — and simulate their activity in 3D. Dr. Henry Markram will be one of the noted speakers at the ICare4Autism International [...]

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