October 22, 2011

English Guidelines for Autism (NICE)

Last month the National (England) Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) published guidelines on autism.
Two more sets are expected in 2012 (autism in adults) and 2013 (management of autism) .

These guidelines focus on improving recognition, referral and diagnosis of children and young people with autism.

We can download a brief or a full report.

New evidences seems to link low-birthweight and autism.

The study appears online in the November issue of Pediatrics.

Low-birthweight babies are five times more likely to develop autism than normal-weight babies. 862 premature, low-birthweight infants have been followed until they were 21 years old.
Their birthweights ranged from 500 grams (1.1 pound) to 2,000 grams (4.4 pounds).
Five percent of the children in the study developed autism, compared with 1 percent of those in the general population.

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