On December 17th, 2019, The International Center for Autism Research (ICare4Autism) hosted the annual conference at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine and Montefiore Medical Center.

With numerous international and local distinguished speakers, this year’s conference, titled: Cannabinoids, Medical Cannabis, Neurodiversity, and Autism focused on the potential benefits of the cannabis extract cannabidiol or CBD, as a treatment for autism. 

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December 23, 2019

A new study has found that people with mutations in the top autism gene CHD8 tend to be tall and have large heads, in addition to having intellectual disability. Researchers have defined this condition as “CHD8 overgrowth syndrome.”

The study, led by medical geneticis...

December 19, 2019


A new study has found that neurons in the brains of mice lacking the autism gene CNTNAP2 are unable to distinguish between social and nonsocial smells. The study’s findings suggest that these differences drive the social problems in the mice, and possibly in autistic...

December 18, 2019

Diego Espinoza, a Democratic state representative from Tolleson, Arizona, is advancing a proposal this month that would force state health officials to allow the use of medical marijuana as a treatment for autism. 

According to a report by the news site Tucson.com, Es...

December 12, 2019

The severity of autism traits predicts children’s ability to learn basic life skills, according to a new study by researchers at McMaster University in Ontario. How well the children perform basic tasks of daily living at about age 6 depends on their language skills, a...

December 11, 2019

Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder (ADHD) and autism share changes in the same genes, according to a new study published in the journal Nature Neuroscience. The study, funded by the Aarhus University, Copenhagen University, and the Lundbeck Foundation, focused on t...

December 10, 2019

A free intervention program offered by Australia’s Child Behavior Research Clinic is helping the parents of children with autism manage the daily struggles that come with the diagnosis. Approximately 1 in 70 children in Australia are on the autism spectrum, and often h...

December 9, 2019


Therapix Biosciences, an Israel-based pharmaceutical company focusing on cannabinoid treatments, announced that its medicinal cannabis product RESPECTRUM has entered the clinical stage. In a press release, the company said it plans to initiate a study to evaluate the...

December 5, 2019

A mother in Columbia Falls, Montana is promoting autism awareness in a unique and artistic way. 

Christine Wiley, whose son Dylan has autism, has begun hand-painting rocks, with a resource on the back for people to learn more. Following Dylan’s diagnosis, Wiley realized...

December 4, 2019

A new study has found that adults with autism are twice as likely as those without autism to be diagnosed with an anxiety disorder. The study, conducted by researchers at the University of Bristol, is one of the largest to explore the prevalence of anxiety in adults wi...

December 2, 2019

A seven-year-old Springfield, Missouri resident with autism had a personal dream fulfilled this week, when he was given the opportunity to serve a one-hour shift as manager of a local Wendy’s restaurant as part of his school’s career day.

The boy, Eric Johnson, is a stu...

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