Archived News: In Research and Intervention
CDC Releases Results of Parent Survey
According to the CDC (March 2013), a new study suggests that 1 in 50 school-aged children is now being diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder. The results represent a significant increase from the last CDC study in 2008 that suggested approximately 1 in 88 children had an autism spectrum disorder. The study, a phone survey of over 95,000 parents of school-aged children under the age of 17, has created considerable concern among the public regarding the increase. The CDC believes the increase does not necessarily mean that autism is occurring more often, only that physicians are diagnosing autism more frequently. It is important to note that various studies have shown a wide variety of prevalence rates. For more information regarding the study, please visit the CDC website.
The $100 million BRAIN challenge
According to The White House Blog (April 2, 2013), President Obama has released a new BRAIN initiative, or Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies. The BRAIN initiative seeks to advance cutting edge science and technologies regarding brain development in an effort to treat, prevent, and even cure disorders such as Alzheimer’s, Schizophrenia, epilepsy, traumatic brain injury, and autism. The scope and challenge of the BRAIN initiative is being compared to the Human Genome Project, and the President’s 2014 budget is pushing for over $100 million in research funding for the National Institutes of Health (NIH), Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), and the National Science Foundation (NSF). To find out more about the President’s Grand Challenge BRAIN initiative, please visit The White House Blog here.