April is Autism Awareness Month. Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a developmental disability that can cause major social, communication, and behavioral challenges. Signs of ASD begin during early childhood and usually last throughout a person’s life. The cause of most cases of ASD is unknown, and there is currently no cure. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) most recent surveillance data indicate that about one in 68 children has been identified with ASD, which represents an almost 30% increase since the previous estimate in 2012. To keep you informed of the evolving treatment landscape, MPR has produced a special feature article with timely information on the latest ASD research to meet the needs of enhanced patient care.

Paternal Sperm “Tags” May Play a Role in Child’s Autism Risk

Results from a small study have shown that the sperm of fathers whose children had early signs of autism show specific “epigenetic tags” that could contribute to the condition. Read More
New Genetic Variant Linked to Severe Autism Identified

A newly discovered rare genetic variant linked to ASD could shed light on the role of synaptic function and cognitive defects associated with the disorder. Read More
Delays Seen Between Initial Parental Concerns, ASD Diagnosis in Children

A new study on children with ASD has found there are still long delays between when parents first have developmental concerns and when their child is actually diagnosed with ASD. Read More
How Do Violent Video Games Impact Adults With ASD?

Researchers have found strong evidence that violent video games do not affect adults with ASD differently than typically developing adults. Read More
Autism Awareness Still Needed Among Healthcare Students, Reports Survey

The level of education among healthcare students had little impact on their knowledge about ASD, a recent study has found. Read More
Gestational Diabetes May Impact Child’s Autism Risk

In a study published in JAMA, intrauterine exposure to gestational diabetes by 26 weeks was linked to a risk of ASD. Read More
Elevated Incidence of Autism in Children Born via ART?

Research suggests that assisted reproductive technology (ART) is associated with increased incidence of autism. Read More