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Medical research funding threatened
San Francisco Chronicle

Diagnosed cases of autism in the United States have skyrocketed in recent decades, confounding doctors and frustrating families. But thanks to medical research, hope is on the horizon. At the UC Davis MIND Institute, our researchers recently conducted a study showing that a woman who takes a certain prenatal vitamin immediately before and during the first month of pregnancy may have a significantly reduced risk of her child later being diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder. The National Institutes of Health and the nonprofit Autism Speaks recognized this as one of the most important studies of 2011.