Junk Science Week: Robert De Niro gets Vaxxed

A documentary on the mother of all medical controversies Academy-award winner Robert De Niro and media legend Harvey Weinstein, head of Miramax, are teaming up to produce a documentary on the mother of all medical controversies: vaccines and their potential link to autism. This movie, in a way, would be a sequel to a current […]

Researchers found some monkeys possess autism-linked gene mutations

Cayo Santiago, Puerto Rico — Researchers say they have found gene mutations commonly linked to autism in monkeys that are living off the coast of Puerto Rico— in a place called Monkey Island. In a study presented at the 2015 Society for Neuroscience annual meeting recently held in Chicago, the group of researchers revealed that […]

Researchers examine brain networks responsible for attention and rewards in children with ASD

Chicago — A team of researchers from Virginia has presented a study that focused on two brain networks that are responsible for attention and awards in children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). The research was done in an attempt to distinguish the differences of the developmental condition among children diagnosed with autism. The researchers focused […]

Illinois state panel wants to add autism, pain, PTSD to medical marijuana list

Springfield, Ill. — A state panel in Illinois recommended that patients with conditions such as autism, post-traumatic stress disorder, osteoarthritis, irritable bowel syndrome, and pain conditions be allowed to take medicinal marijuana. The Illinois Medical Cannabis Advisory board voted to add to the state’s existing list of ailments that may qualify patients to medicinal marijuana […]

Crowdfunding campaign aims to open coffee shop where individuals with autism can work

Washington D.C. — Laura Pickard started crowdfunding in hopes of being able to open a coffee shop that will employ individuals with autism. Today, only an estimated 16.8 percent of individuals with disabilities are currently working. As the number of individuals diagnosed with autism rise each year, and as time flies and many individuals with […]

Teen with autism Rosie King celebrates autism in her TED Talk

Vancouver, Canada — Storytelling activist Rosie King celebrated autism in her TED talk, challenging the way our society today looks at ‘normal’. King, who diagnosed herself with Asperger’s when she was nine years old, talked about how her autism has ‘freed’ her and allowed her to be creative. The 16-year-old TED speaker’s self-diagnosis of Asperger’s, […]

Study links maternal obesity to autism

Changsha, Hunan, China — A study by a group of researchers from the Central South University in Hunan, China suggests that maternal obesity might have something to do with autism in children. In a research using a ‘meta-analysis’ of previous studies linking maternal obesity to autism, the scientists found that as much as 47 percent […]

In-patient autism unit to open in Connecticut’s Hospital for Special Care

New Britain, Conn. — Connecticut’s Hospital for Special Care (HSC) will soon be opening an in-patient clinic for children and individuals with autism spectrum disorder. The project is part of an expansion of the hospital’s autism services, which started with an out-patient autism clinic back in 2012. HSC President and Chief Executive Lynn Ricci said […]

Children with autism can safely interact with their community

San Jose, Calif. — Despite news of neighbors arguing in courts over a young boy with autism whom they consider a nuisance to the community around him— parents and autism advocates affirm that children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) are able to safely interact with their community if they undergo the proper therapy. Residents from […]

Researchers observe home videos for signs of autism in children

Graz, Austria — A team of researchers from the Medical University of Graz in Austria observed home videos of children in an attempt to look for signs of autism during their early years. The researchers looked for manifestations of autism in the then-infants in a 314-minute footage that the children’s families donated to the New […]