A number-crunching study broke down the non-medical autism-related spending by the California Department of Developmental Services during 2012-2013. The study found that an average of over $26,000 was spent on each person over 18 years of age. The expenses often included community care facilities, transportation, and employment support.
In contrast with a single-subject study that found that lurasidone may be an effective treatment for irritability in children with ASD, a recent study with 50 participants found that lurasidone was no more efficacious than placebo treatment.
A study published in Pediatrics International found that those who lose their diagnosis of autism may be susceptible to certain psychiatric conditions later in life, such as OCD, ADHD, anxiety, and depression.
Impairment in perceiving things from the point of view of another person is often considered a core symptom of ASD. Interestingly, a recent study found that neurotypicals were equally ineffective at interpreting the mental state of ASD participants, based on their visual reactions.
An Italian single-case study described a 12-year-old boy with autism who was given probiotics for four months to treat gastrointestinal symptoms. Besides GI improvement, there was a marked lessening of his core symptoms of autism.