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Sydney Autism Science is a website bringing together people in the Sydney area with an interest in furthering understanding of autism - including autistic people and their families, clinicians, educators, researchers, and students.
Go to www.sydneyautismscience.com to find out more about who's doing research, what opportunities there are to take part and how to get involved.
The document below is a summary of a research paper requested by Mark Coure MP for Oatley. It gives an overview autism within the NSW/Australian context in 2012.
New Cases of Autism Have Levelled Off After 5-Fold Surge During 1990s
Oct. 16, 2013 — The number of newly diagnosed cases of autism has levelled off in the UK after a five-fold surge during the 1990s, finds research published in the online journal BMJ Open....
And they say that both studies provide "compelling evidence that a major rise in incidence rates of autism, recorded in general practice, occurred in the decade of the 1990s but reached a plateau shortly after 2000 and has remained steady through 2010."
Similar widespread sharp rises in the number of children diagnosed as autistic were also seen in the 1990s in other parts of Europe and North America, they add, making it unlikely that better understanding of the condition or a broadening of the diagnostic criteria alone could have been responsible for these simultaneous large increases.
Given the apparent sudden halt in the rise in rates from early 2000 onwards -- at least in the UK -- the "actual cause of the dramatic rise in the 1990s remains a mystery," they write, emphasizing that the suggestion that it might be linked to the MMR vaccine has been conclusively ruled out.
Autism CRC involves a consortium of partners working together to conduct research on Diagnosis, Education and Adulthood. Go to http://www.autismcrc.com.au/research-programs to find out more.
Clues About Autism May Come from the Gut
July 4, 2013 — Bacterial flora inhabiting the human gut have become one of the hottest topics in biological research. Implicated in a range of important activities including digestion, fine-tuning body weight, regulating immune response, and producing neurotransmitters that affect brain and behavior, these tiny workers form diverse communities. Hundreds of species inhabit the gut, and although most are beneficial, some can be very dangerous. more...