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Friday, December 26, 2014

Top Ten Autism Research Stories of 2014

Take a look back at the year’s “Top Ten” stories in autism research, based on readership and social media shares. #10 Autism and GI Disorders: Largest-Ever Analysis Confirms Strong LinkThe first meta-analysis of all peer-reviewed research on autism and gastrointestinal conditions showed that children with autism have four times the rate of GI problems as do other children. At the forefront of this research, Autism Speaks launched an unprecedented initiative funding major investigations into autism’s gut-brain connection. #9 Autism ‘Baby Sibs’ Study Identifies Another Early Red FlagResearchers with the Autism Speaks Baby Sibling Research Consortium used eye-tracking technology to discover that babies who begin showing decreased interest in facial expressions at 8 months go on to develop more-severe autism symptoms by age 3. The authors expressed hope that this early red flag signaled an important window of opportunity for early intervention that improves outcomes.

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