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Michelin and International Rugby Benefit Autism Research

When you think of autism there are probably a few things that come to mind depending upon your knowledge and experience.  Most likely, what comes to mind has noting to do with Michelin Tires or International Rugby.

That is about to change because the Michelin Company, sponsor of an International Rugby match between the United States national rugby team, the U.S. Eagles and France’s top rugby team, ASM Clermont-Auvergne, will be held August 9th with part of the proceeds from each ticket going to autism research at Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC).  The match will be televised on ESPN.

During the past decade, information about autism has come to the fore and during the past year or two there have been new discoveries through research efforts regarding what autism is and how it works. 

There is still much information that has not been discovered about autism, so research is very necessary.  Having part of the proceeds from this international rugby match go toward funding autism can bring much needed national and international attention to this widespread health issue and help the international medical and research community be aware that there is a long way to go in order to come up with the answers needed to adequately address the causes, symptoms and treatment of autism.

There have been incredible discoveries lately regarding genetics and their role in autism and there have been yet other ideas that have come to light about the role of certain treatment and therapy in helping even the youngest children with autism progress and overcome some of their symptoms. 

With more money for research advancement can be built on the most recent discoveries.  Michelin, along with the U.S. and French rugby teams and the Medical University of South Carolina are to be applauded for their contribution to research about this debilitating disease.  

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