MACSS New Research/Resources

Autistic Brain Structure Dramatically Different from Normal Brain- Readers will need to sign up for a free Medscape account to view this article. Medscape Medical News, 2011-05-31

Recurrence Risk for Autism Spectrum Disorders: A Baby Siblings Research Consortium Study

Antihypertensive Shows Promise for Autism - Readers will need to sign up for a free Medscape account to view this article. Medscape Medical News, 2011-10-6

The 2014 Community Report on Autism from the Autism and Developmental Disabilities Monitoring Network and participating states’ pages are now available.  State Pages are available (underneath second map). New data from CDC’s Autism and Developmental Disabilities Monitoring (ADDM) Network indicate that the current estimated number of children identified with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) continues to rise. Based on tracking across multiple areas of the United States, ADDM now estimates that 1 in 68 children are identified with ASD.  Boys continue to be identified at a higher rate than girls and Caucasian children at a higher rate than African Americans or Hispanics.   

De novo mutations revealed by whole-exome sequencing are strongly associated with autism
This research abstract, released online April 4th, 2012, describes a study in which scientists identified several gene mutations that they agree sharply increase the chances that a child will develop the disorder.  The scientists also identified further evidence that the risk increases with the age of the parents, particularly the father.

Proposed DSM-5 criteria for a diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder 

DSM-5 ResourcesThe Fifth Edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5) was released in May 2013, bringing with it several revisions to the criteria for the diagnosis and classification of mental disorders. One important change was for Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) classifications.