Autism Health Policy Forums

SafeMinds is forming Autism Health Policy Forums that address four potentially life-threatening, commonly co-occurring conditions with autism. They are:

The purpose of the forums is to identify current research findings that may have clinical application for patients with autism today—but are not yet being used in most settings. The forums will also identify gaps in research that are necessary for providing the safest and most effective treatments for people with autism.

SafeMinds research committee members are developing the parameters for each forum, and are identifying the most appropriate researchers and clinicians for them. We are also seeking funding sources, from both public and private sources, to implement the forums. If you are interested in supporting the forums, consider a donation to SafeMinds.

March 17, 2014

Another smoking gun for environment/autism link

An analysis of 100 million US medical records reveals that autism and intellectual disability rates correlate with genital malformation incidence in newborn males, an indicator of exposure to harmful environmental factors. The study also finds that Autism and intellectual disability incidence decreases dramatically in states with stronger regulations on diagnosis.Read article. An innovative methodology from […]

January 07, 2014

SafeMinds 2013 “Research that focuses on need to know, not nice to know science.”

It is now widely accepted that environmental factors play a huge role in the etiology of autism.  But to date, we have little research that helps us to understand why some children are more vulnerable to such exposures and what those exposures might be so they can be successfully treated and avoided. Therefore, SafeMinds has […]

September 14, 2013

Impacts of Low-Dose Mercury Exposure in Early Life

Dr. Jose Dorea holds advanced degrees from the University of Massachusetts (MSc and PhD). He has worked at Iowa State University (USA), University of Hawaii (USA), and is currently faculty at  Universidade de Brasilia (Brazil). His main scientific interest include infant nutrition and environmental impact of toxic substances on growth and development of children. He […]

June 25, 2013

New Study Correlating Mercury and Air Pollution with an Increased Risk of Autism Spectrum Disorders

This new study published by the Harvard School of Public Health demonstrates further evidence of the association between environmental exposure to neurotoxic pollution and increased rates of autism. Not only did the study show mercury air pollution correlated with increased autism rates, it also demonstrated the pollution resulted in increased rates in boys. That this […]

May 16, 2013

Impact of the DSM-5 Criteria for ASD – Community Update – May 2013

Introduction This month, the American Psychiatric Association will publish the latest edition of its Diagnostic and Statistical Manual – the DSM-5.  The manual contains significant changes to the diagnostic criteria for individuals with autism. The name of the category will be changed from Pervasive Developmental Disorder to Autism Spectrum Disorder. The four previous diagnoses: Autistic […]

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