Autism News

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12/9/2011
Broadway Strikes an Autism-Friendly Chord

Sold-out performance of 'The Lion King' was adjusted to suit needs of kids with the disorder

12/5/2011
Autistic Teens With Epilepsy Often Light-Sensitive

Incidence is roughly 30 percent among teens with both conditions, study finds

12/5/2011
Kids With Epilepsy Should Get Screened for Autism, Developmental Delays

The conditions often occur in the same child, experts say

12/2/2011
Prozac Might Ease Repetitive Behaviors in Some Adults With Autism

Study found 50% saw benefit, while only 8% in placebo group did

11/28/2011
Head Size Tied to Regressive Autism in Boys

Larger head circumference not seen in early onset autism or in girls, study says

11/23/2011
Little Social Life for Autistic Teens, Researchers Say

About half never get called by friends or get invited out, study finds

11/22/2011
Meditation Can 'Turn Off' Regions of the Brain

Brain imaging shows experienced meditators can prevent their minds from wandering

11/8/2011
Autistic Children May Have Too Many Brain Cells

Small study finds excess number of neurons in region responsible for communication

11/7/2011
Where a Child Is Tested May Affect Autism Diagnosis

Centers vary on how a child is deemed to have autism, Asperger or other developmental disorder

11/4/2011
Possible Genetic Link to Autism Identified

In boys, the gene variation was associated with about a 15% increased risk, study finds

10/31/2011
Many Parents Skipping Kids' Shots, Putting Other Kids at Risk

In California study, 1 in 5 children at some schools intentionally unvaccinated, raising concerns

10/28/2011
Job Market Tough for Young Adults With Autism

But strategies can help individuals learn job skills and prepare for the workforce

10/26/2011
Links to Mental Illness Seen in Fetal Brains: Study

Genes involved in autism, schizophrenia may be activated in womb

10/24/2011
Could Airway Abnormality Point to Autism?

Researcher noticed difference in lung structure of children with autism spectrum disorder

10/17/2011
Low-Birthweight Babies at Much Higher Autism Risk

Long-term study found smallest infants were 5 times as likely to have autism spectrum disorders

10/7/2011
Boys With Autism May Grow Faster as Babies

'Overgrowth' in length, weight and head circumference may signal a problem, study finds

10/5/2011
Scientists Engineer Mice That Have Autism

Researcher says other mouse models of disease exist, but this comes closer to mirroring disorder in humans

10/3/2011
Early, Intensive Therapy Better for Kids With Autism, Study Finds

Social, communication skills improved more when treatment started at early age

9/23/2011
ADHD Symptoms May Add to Burden of Autism

Untreated inattention, hyperactivity further diminish quality of life, researchers say

9/4/2011
Many Autistic Teens Use School Mental-Health Services

More support needed when they make transition out of high school, researchers say

9/2/2011
Brain Scans Show Distinct Traits in Kids With Autism: Study

Gray matter is organized differently, researchers find

9/1/2011
Half of Americans Will Suffer From Mental Health Woes, CDC Says

Much more needs to be done to help spot those at risk and assist them, experts say

8/25/2011
U.S.-Mandated Report Finds Vaccines Safe for Kids

IOM panel pored over 1,000 studies and found little evidence for lasting harm

8/15/2011
Risk of Autism in Siblings Higher Than Thought

Odds especially high for brothers and kids with multiple siblings who are autistic, study finds

8/10/2011
ADHD, Autism May Sometimes Share Gene Mutations

But, the vast majority of children with autism disorders or ADHD don't share these genetic risks

7/13/2011
Low 'Empathy' Response in Brain Might Point to Autism Gene

Siblings of patients have similar reduced brain activity when viewing others' emotions, scans show

7/5/2011
Environment May Be Especially Key to Autism: Study

Other research finds that certain antidepressants taken in pregnancy might influence risk

6/29/2011
Genes May Control How Long You Look at Happy Faces

Findings could further understanding of autism, researchers say

6/27/2011
Many Pediatricians Aren't Testing Tots for Developmental Delays

More than half aren't using standardized screening methods for kids under 3, study finds

6/24/2011
More Autism Diagnoses in High-Tech Areas, Study Finds

Engineers, computer whizzes -- and people with autism -- excel at skills involving 'systemizing,' researchers say

6/22/2011
Poor Brain 'Sync' a Possible Sign of Autism

Inability of right and left hemispheres to communicate might be early marker, researchers say

6/8/2011
Girls May Be More Resistant to Autism Than Boys: Study

Genetic studies suggest they have to suffer more genetic mishaps than boys to develop disorder

5/31/2011
Study Suggests Special MRI Might Help Diagnose Autism

Scans found less responsiveness in language areas of brain, researchers report

5/31/2011
Health Tip: Recognize Signs of Asperger Syndrome

Here's a list of possible characteristics

5/27/2011
Complexities of Autism Extend to Its Treatment

Parents struggle to find blend of therapies for children with mix of behavioral symptoms

5/27/2011
Living With a Child With Autism

Child gets range of tailored treatment, and family learns to adapt

5/25/2011
Scientists Find Molecular Similarities in Brains of Those With Autism

Frontal, temporal lobes in cortex were different in healthy tissue, but the same when disorder was present

5/23/2011
U.S. Rates of Autism, ADHD Continue to Rise: Report

Study finds 1 in 6 kids now have a developmental disability, perhaps due to better diagnosis

5/18/2011
Massachusetts Study Shows Sharp Rise in Early Autism Diagnoses

Most of the increase seen among boys, children under 3, researchers note

5/11/2011
Fever During Pregnancy, Diabetes and Obesity May Raise Autism Risk

But study finds births by C-section didn't seem to have any impact

5/11/2011
Most Teachers Favor Inclusion for Autistic Students

But for mainstreaming to succeed, additional resources needed, survey finds

5/11/2011
Teen Boys With Autism at Risk of Being Bullied: Study

Their inability to manage stress and emotions raises vulnerability

5/11/2011
Autism Takes an Economic Toll on Mom's Job, Income: Study

Families with a child with autism spectrum disorder earn 27% less, researchers find

5/9/2011
Winter Conception Tied to Raised Risk for Autism

Study suggests environmental factors, such as seasonal viruses, may play a role

5/9/2011
S. Korean Study Suggests Autism Rate May Be Much Higher

In rigorous survey, 1 in 38 children fell within the autism spectrum

5/4/2011
Treating Kids for Environmental Ills Costs U.S. $76B a Year

Left unchecked, pollution, chemicals, other toxins will continue to push health costs skyward, researchers say

5/2/2011
Brains of Autistic Kids Still Larger at Age 4, 5

Study suggests enlargement might occur at around 1 year

5/2/2011
Autism Tests for Preemies May Be Faulty, Study Suggests

It may be better to wait until baby turns 30 months old, researchers say

4/28/2011
Quick Screening May Help Spot Autism in Babies

Questionnaire targets 1-year-olds at well-baby check-ups

4/20/2011
Many With Autism Also Have Treatment-Resistant Epilepsy: Study

Their seizures also tend to start earlier in childhood, research suggests