SÃO PAULO— Heverson Correia de Freitas, 36 years old, sits on the stairs of his Osasco, São Paulo home, swaying back and forth silently glancing at the walls or the floor, never truly making eye contact with those in the room. These are but a few of the telltale signs of…

Women with high concentrations of DDT in their blood during pregnancy are 32% more likely to give birth to a child that develops autism, according to a study of almost a million women.

Across Africa, a lack of resources for autism has left families desperate for relief—leading some to build it themselves.Impatient parents launched Ethiopia’s grassroots Joy Center for Autism, which adapts proven treatments to aid communication and basic skills.

Children with autism and bodies of water have long been a nightmarish combination for parents and guardians. A Columbia University study published earlier this year confirmed their fears: Children with autism are 160X more likely than other children to drown.Experts say the…

To ensure children with autism spectrum disorder in socioeconomically disadvantaged areas receive appropriate care, Li-Ching Lee traveled to Gaibandha, Bangladesh and adapted standard diagnostic tools to be culturally relevant.   Few people in Gaibandha knew about ASD. “…

 

The long-discredited linking of MMR vaccine and autism continues to have repercussions, including Minnesota’s recent measles outbreak among Somali-American children who went unvaccinated because of autism fears. So, what is known about the causes of autism spectrum disorder…

Umbilical cord blood infusions in children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) may have the potential to safely alleviate symptoms by reducing inflammation in the brain.   Researchers at Duke University Medical Center assessed the safety and feasibility of a single infusion…

Since a 2011 landmark international autism conference in Dhaka, Bangladesh, awareness of the condition has grown in the country and the word “autism” has entered the Bangla language. But people on the autism spectrum still don’t get all the services they need, writes Saima…

As the debunked notion that vaccines cause autism attracts renewed political attention, 2 researchers caution advocates and policymakers against getting caught up in an outdated debate.