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In honor and in memory

of Dr. Bernard Rimland,

Autism Pioneer and Advocate


Issue: # 8                           


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: www.ClinicalResearchInAutism.com.


Steve Edelson, Ph.D. and Lenny Schafer


The Autism Research Institute Launches

New Webinar Hub 


The Autism Research Institute (ARI) premiered www.AutismWebinars.com, a new and exciting educational gateway last month. The online hub lists free live and archived learning events. The click-and-go interface includes continuing education options for professionals, and represents our first steps toward our commitment to help more families and serve our community better by focusing on providing online education for parents and professionals alike. ARI is grateful to the Johnson Center for Child Health & Development for their partnership on many of these presentations.


Diagnosis, Early Signs, and Risks
Pregnant Woman2 


DNA markers in low-IQ autism suggest heredity

[original article appeared in American Journal of Human Genetics]


Excessive cerebral spinal fluid and enlarged brain size in infancy are potential biomarkers for autism

[original article appeared in Brain]


'Motion sensor' may aid autism diagnosis and treatment

[original article appeared in Frontiers in Integrative Neuroscience]


Mount Sinai researchers provide the first comprehensive and prospective characterization of a genetic subtype of autism

[original article appeared in Molecular Autism]


Researchers identify risk factor for maternal antibody-related autism in subset of children

[original article appeared in  Translational Psychiatry, a Nature journal]


Pregnancy / Birth


Eating healthy fats during pregnancy may reduce baby's autism risk

[original article appeared in  American Journal of Epidemiology]


Prenatal exposure to air pollution may raise child's autism risk: Women in heavily diesel-polluted areas twice as likely to birth autistic child

[original article appeared in  Environmental Health Perspectives]


Some forms of IVF linked to risk of autism, mental disability

[original article appeared in  Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA)]

Health-Related Problems


Clues about autism may come from the gut

[original article appeared in  PLOS ONE]


Irish scientists uncover link between gut bacteria and autism

[original article appeared in Molecular Psychiatry]


[original article appeared in Journal of Clinical Psychiatry]

[Review study discusses the efficacy of melatonin, multivitamin/mineral supplements, and massage therapy. Other noteworthy treatments needing further investigation include a combination of vitamin B6 and magnesium, chelation (only in children with confirmed heavy metal toxicity), folic acid, omega-3, L-carnosine, probiotics and medication for gastrointestinal problems, iron sup-lementation, animal-assisted therapy, music therapy, acupuncture, and exercise.]


Trinity study: High-fat diet could help autism

[original article appeared in  PLOS ONE]


Young children with autism benefit regardless of high-quality treatment model

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


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