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In honor and in memory

of Dr. Bernard Rimland,

Autism Pioneer and Advocate

 Issue: # 11                           


Dear Subscriber,


This e-newsletter provides obstetricians, pediatricians, and nurses with links to the latest research on ways to understand and to help children and adults on the autism spectrum.  Please feel free to send us your comments and feedback to: [email protected]


Previous issues of this e-newsletter can be viewed at:


Steve Edelson, Ph.D. and Lenny Schafer


Recent CDC Study on the New DSM-V

Criteria for Diagnosing Individuals on

the Autism Spectrum


Research on last year's publication of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-V) has shown that the new guidelines for autism spectrum disorder have already begun to impact individuals on the spectrum. 


A study conducted by the Centers for Disease Control evaluated over 6,500 eight-year old children from 14 monitoring sites. The findings, published in JAMA Psychiatry, indicated that almost 20% of those children who met the criteria on the previous version of the DSM (DSM-IV-TR) for autism would not meet the new DSM-V criteria. 


For more information on this recent finding, visit:


Autism Cases May Drop Under new Diagnostic Criteria


Autism Diagnosis Change "Results in Loss of Treatment"


JAMA Psychiatry


One potential solution to help better define "autism spectrum disorder" is to categorize this  heterogeneous population into subtypes. A recent study published in Pediatrics and conducted at Harvard Medical School's Center for Biomedical Informatics documented several subgroups of autism.  In addition, the Autism Research Institute recently launched an online survey to determine  subtypes of autism. For parents who are interested in completing the online  survey, please visit 


Diagnosis, Early Signs, and Risks
Pregnant Woman2 


Autism Clusters

[original article appeared in Pediatrics]


Revised Autism Screening Tool Offers More Precise Assessment

[original article appeared in Pediatrics]


Study Finds Association Between Bacterial Infections During Pregnancy, Autism

[original article appeared in Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders]


What We Have Learned About Autism Spectrum Disorder from Valproic Acid

[original article appeared in Pathology Research International]


Health-Related Problems

Exploring Anxiety Symptoms in a Large-Scale Twin Study of Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders, their Co-Twins and Controls

[original article appeared in Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry]


Gut Woes May Accompany Repetitive Behaviors in Autism

[original article appeared in Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders]


Research Linking Autism Symptoms to Gut Microbes called "Groundbreaking" 

[original article appeared in Cell]


Sleep Patterns in Children with Autistic Spectrum Disorders: A Prospective Cohort Study

[original article appeared in Archives of Disease in Childhood]