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Study Finds Fever may Lead to Improved Behavior in Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders
Date:12/3/2007

o better understand fever-specific effects in autism. In the future, Dr. Zimmerman would like to collaborate with other research institutions to study the underlying biologic mechanisms of fever-specific effects in autism by conducting blood tests during and after fever and analyzing immune measurements and hormonal changes in the blood. This research study was the work of senior author Dr. Andrew Zimmerman of the Kennedy Krieger Institute and the doctoral thesis of Laura Curran at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and the Kennedy Krieger Institute. The study was funded by Cure Autism Now, which merged with the organization Autism Speaks in 2007.

Pediatrics is an official peer-reviewed journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics, publishing original research, clinical observations, and special feature articles in the field of pediatrics. The journal has been continuously published by the American Academy of Pediatrics since January 1948.

About Autism

Autism spectrum disorders (ASD) is the nation's fastest growing developmental disorder, with current incidence rates estimated at 1 in 150 children. This year more children will be diagnosed with autism than AIDS, diabetes and cancer combined, yet profound gaps remain in our understanding of both the causes and cures of the disorder. Continued research and education about developmental disruptions in individuals with ASD is crucial, as early detection and intervention can lead to improved outcomes in individuals with ASD.

About the Kennedy Krieger Institute

Internationally recognized for improving the lives of children and adolescents with disorders and injuries of the brain and spinal cord, the Kennedy Krieger Institute in Baltimore, MD serves more than 13,000 individuals each year through inpatient and outpatient clinics, home and community services and school-based programs. Kennedy Krieger provides a wide range of services for children with developmental conce
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