Autism News

Date Posted
Article Title
4/2/2009
Asperger Syndrome Tied to Low Cortisol Levels

Finding could steer caregivers away from situations that would add to anxiety

3/2/2009
Gene Variant Allies Autism, Gastrointestinal Woes

It's associated with both brain development and GI system functions, study finds

2/14/2009
Men Must Contend With a Biological Clock, Too

Older males face higher risk of fathering children with medical problems, research finds

2/12/2009
Court Says Vaccine Not the Cause of Autism

Ruling, involving 3 families, seen as setback for parents who fear a link

2/9/2009
2 Genes Implicated in Autism

Finding might lead to better diagnosis, treatment, study suggests

1/16/2009
Saliva Test Could Indicate Autism

Presence of abnormal proteins might be sign of the condition, study says

1/14/2009
Serotonin Transporter Gene Tied to Social Anxiety

Finding in monkeys could yield model for studying autism, schizophrenia, team says

12/3/2008
Epilepsy Drug May Raise Autism Risk in Offspring

Yet another reason pregnant women should avoid this medication, experts say

12/1/2008
Health Needs of Autistic Children Often Unmet

Expenses greater than those for kids with other special needs, report shows

12/1/2008
Scans Show Sound-Processing Deficits in Autistic Kids

Difficulty may underpin language, listening impairments found in disorder, study says

11/21/2008
Health Tip: Signs That a Child May Be Autistic

Symptoms may range from mild to disabling

11/3/2008
Rainy Areas in U.S. Show Higher Autism Rates

Researchers note that environmental toxins might trigger genetic vulnerability

9/4/2008
Study Dispels Link Between Autism and Measles Vaccine

Parent advocate disagrees, noting that only one potential mechanism was studied

8/7/2008
Robot Playmates Help Autistic Kids With Social Skills

Researchers say finding could be used for creation of new therapy tools

8/6/2008
Autistic Children Make Limited Eye Contact

Finding could offer doctors a chance to treat the disorder earlier

7/17/2008
Parents of Autistic Children Are Often Aloof Themselves

Finding buttresses idea that disorder has genetic roots

7/10/2008
Common Mechanisms May Contribute to Autism's Mutations

Inherited gene deletions affect developing brain's ability to make neural connections

6/2/2008
Being Born Small, Early Raises Autism Risk

CDC study found link was most pronounced for low-birth-weight girls

5/5/2008
Autistic Kids More Likely to Have Parents With Mental Illness

Parents with schizophrenia twice as likely to have children with the developmental disorder, study finds

4/13/2008
Muscle Weakness Found in Some Autistic Children

Genetic defect in mitochondria might explain other aspects of the disorder, researcher says

4/2/2008
Very Premature Babies Show Raised Risk for Autism

Second study finds having autistic child shrinks family income by 14%

2/12/2008
Lack of Brain Protein May Explain 'Rain Man' Abilities

Autistic savants learn some tasks better, but forget faster, study suggests

2/5/2008
Another Study Finds No Link Between MMR Vaccine and Autism

British researchers say their review is the largest of its kind

1/31/2008
Mercury in Childhood Vaccines Excreted Quickly

Doesn't have time to build to dangerous levels in body, possibly cause autism, new research contends

1/14/2008
Chemical Signals Go Awry in Fragile X Syndrome

Mouse study shows drugs that target the miscommunication may help

1/10/2008
Gene Plays Role in Risk of Autism

Three research teams found same gene raised chances of developing the disorder

1/9/2008
Chromosome Abnormalities Raise Risk for Autism

Findings affects 1% of all cases of developmental disorder, researchers say

1/7/2008
Study Casts Doubt on Vaccine-Autism Link

Research adds to growing body of evidence thats finds no connection between the two

12/7/2007
Health Tip: Therapy Options for Children With Autism

A poorly understood brain disorder

12/5/2007
Brain Protein May Be a Clue to Autism

Early research suggests trouble in nervous system development

12/3/2007
Fever May Improve Behavior of Children With Autism Disorders

Finding could lead to new avenues of treatment for the disorder, study suggests

11/28/2007
Autistic Children Have More Gray Matter in Brains

This imbalance may make it tougher for them to function socially, study suggests

11/16/2007
Major U.S. Autism Study Gets Under Way

Trial will track environmental, genetic factors at six sites nationwide

10/29/2007
Pediatricians' Group Issues New Autism Guidelines

2 reports detail detection and treatment recommendations

10/4/2007
Largest Study of U.S. Children Readies for Launch

22 new centers now added, first participants set to join next year, officials say

9/26/2007
Kids' Vaccine Ingredient Not Likely Linked to Neurological Problems

CDC study finds no clear association between thimerosal, mental woes

6/25/2007
Scientists Reverse Symptoms of Autism in Mice

Inhibiting brain enzyme might ease behavioral problems as well

6/20/2007
Autism-Linked Proteins Help Guide Brain Cells

The discovery moves scientists one step closer to treatments

5/27/2007
Autism's Rise May Reflect Broader Definition, Better Diagnosis

Experts weigh in on possible causes for the mysterious disorder

5/4/2007
Autistic Kids Have Difficulties Learning Words

They find it hard to focus on, distinguish new words, brain study finds

5/3/2007
Autistic Toddlers Easily Study Photos of Faces

Finding is surprising, since most will avoid real-life eye contact

5/1/2007
No Link Between Autism, Celiac Disease: Study

Findings challenge previous research suggesting food allergy connection

4/3/2007
First U.S. Online Autism Registry Begins

The goal is better research aimed at a cure, experts say

4/3/2007
Baby's Poor Response to Name Might Warn of Autism

It's just one of many findings pointing to better diagnosis, treatment

3/2/2007
Health Tip: Autism Affects Children in Different Ways

But autistic children share similar behaviors

2/19/2007
Major Gene Study Points to Causes of Autism

Two DNA findings, especially, may be promising targets for research

2/16/2007
Are Autism Cases on the Rise in U.S.?

Experts differ on extent of increase, and possible explanations behind the statistics

2/8/2007
Media Ignores Full Scope of Autism Research: Study

Almost half of news reports focus on a discredited link to the MMR vaccine

2/8/2007
More Than Half-Million U.S. Children Autistic: CDC

Early diagnosis and intervention is key to improvement, one expert says

2/6/2007
Danish Study Tracks Rise in Childhood Psychiatric Disorders

Autism, Tourette's and hyperkinetic disorders in upward trend, researchers find