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IACC research summary points to positive outcomes for children with autism spectrum disorders

The Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee (IACC) has documented a number of positive findings about what the future holds for children with autism spectrum disorders. According to its Annual Summary of Advances in Autism Spectrum Disorder Research, the IACC reports that a number of children may even lose their autism diagnosis. Although some researchers remain skeptical that recovery...

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Statement on reported increase in autism prevalence

A study was released in yesterday’s online Pediatrics journal, which reported an increased prevalence of Autism Spectrum Disorders for children in the US.  The numbers came from a 2007 national phone survey of families called the National Survey of Children’s Health. Read the full article here....

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Autistic and Normal Children Have Similar Mercury Levels

Researchers said this week that Children who are autistic have mercury levels similar to those of other kids, which suggests that the mysterious disorder is caused by a range of factors and not just one prime reason. Read the full article here....

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2 Government Studies Find Autism Disorders in 1 in 100 US Children

Two new government studies indicate about 1 in 100 children have autism disorders — higher than a previous U.S. estimate of 1 in 150.  Greater awareness, broader definitions and spotting autism in younger children may explain some of the increase, federal health officials said. “The concern here is that buried...

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Military Families Fight for Autism Help

As Congress and the President spend taxpayer cash as fast as it comes off the press, thousands of military families waging the toughest kind of fight are frustrated by a nation which professes gratitude for those who serve, but refuses to fully fund therapies proven to help disabled military kids....

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Gates Hears Military Children’s Education Issues

As President Barack Obama was in nearby Arlington giving his pep talk today to America’s schoolchildren, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates arrived here in a receiving mode to hear firsthand about challenges military children face in the education system. Gates paid his first visit here as defense secretary, meeting in...

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TRICARE Military Families Can Test Pilot Autism e-News Program

The Naval Medical Center Portsmouth, Va., and Naval Medical Center San Diego are pilot sites for a new e-mail-based communication service for military families that have a member with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). TRICARE encourages beneficiaries in the pilot program areas who have children with autism spectrum disorders to subscribe...

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Some Families Deal with War, Autism

The Hilmes family reflects on the importance of providing the prescribed level of care for military children with autism and the impact on the military family when appropriate care is not received. See the broadcast and read the full article here....

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House Bill Mandates Autism Coverage For Military

The House of Representatives passed a bill yesterday that will authorize expanded coverage for military families touched by autism if passed into law. Autism treatment, including behavior therapy, would be required for the estimated 13,000 military children who have the disorder. Read the full article here....

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How Autism Ages

It is estimated that 1 out of every 150 American children is living with autism. And yet little attention is paid to what happens when they grow up. A personal account of the silent struggle of adult autistics. Read the full article here....

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Vaccines Exonerated on Autism

A special federal vaccine court issued three devastating verdicts on Thursday that should help demolish lingering fears that childhood vaccines can and have caused autism. The verdicts won’t satisfy die-hard adherents of the theory that the medical establishment is recklessly harming their children. But the vast majority of parents ought...

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