Autism News

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6/15/2012
Kids With Autism Face Health Care Disparities, Study Finds

These children have less access to specialized care than kids with other illnesses, researchers say

5/29/2012
Fever During Pregnancy May Raise Odds for Autism in Offspring

But experts say taking fever-relieving meds cuts the risk

5/28/2012
Doubt Cast on Usefulness of 'Sensory' Therapies for Autism

Experts say proof is lacking for these techniques in other disorders, too

5/24/2012
Autism Often Not Diagnosed Until Age 5 or Older: U.S. Report

But earlier interventions make a big difference, experts say

5/16/2012
Genetic Test May Spot Raised Autism Risk

Geared toward siblings of kids with the disorder, but experts question precision of the exam

5/16/2012
Could Nasal Spray of 'Love Hormone' Treat Autism?

Preliminary study of 7 children saw more activity in 'social' areas of the brain

5/16/2012
Many Parents of Kids With Autism Don't Put Faith in Pediatricians

Researchers say pediatricians also don't feel knowledgeable enough to guide families on treatments

5/16/2012
Developmental Woes Common in Siblings of Children With Autism

Some show subtle developmental delays, study finds

5/14/2012
Employment Prospects Dim for Young Adults With Autism

Study found fewer worked after high school, compared to others with disabilities

5/4/2012
Prenatal Smoking Linked to High-Functioning Autism in Kids

But study only found slight association, not a cause-and-effect relationship

5/3/2012
New Clues to the Evolution of the Human Brain

Gene event 2.5 million years ago may explain why humans are smarter than great apes, researchers say

5/3/2012
Health Tip: Recognize Early Signs of Autism

Including no babbling or pointing by age 1

4/30/2012
Being Bullied Tied to Anxiety, Depression in Special-Needs Kids

More than chronic conditions themselves, maltreatment by peers led to mental distress in small study

4/26/2012
Battling the Bullying of an Autistic Child

Parents feel their child's pain, frustration, and need to seek out help and support services

4/25/2012
Experimental Drug Eases Autistic Behaviors in Mice

Whether it would work on humans is still unknown, researchers say

4/23/2012
'Publication Bias' Casts Doubt on Value of Antidepressants for Autism

Studies showing ineffectiveness less likely to get published, new study finds

4/20/2012
Half-Siblings of Those With Autism at Raised Risk for Disorder: Study

Research also suggests that fathers, mothers equally likely to transmit higher risk

4/19/2012
Genes Associated With Autism Also Related to Schizophrenia

Researchers also identified 22 new genes connected to autism

4/16/2012
Researchers ID Genes That May Determine Mental Illness

Genetic links to brain size, intelligence also examined in study

4/11/2012
In Mice, Drug Reverses Symptoms of Condition Linked to Autism

It works by acting on a neurotransmitter tied to Fragile X syndrome, researchers report

4/10/2012
Online Tool Could Diagnose Autism Quickly, Developers Say

Simple questionnaire and short video could help patients get treatment sooner, research suggests

4/9/2012
Children Born to Obese Moms May Face Higher Autism Risk: Study

Maternal obesity, overweight also linked to other developmental delays

4/6/2012
Pregnancy Length May Influence Severity of Autism

Babies born early or late have more severe symptoms, study shows

4/4/2012
Researchers Find Gene Mutations That May Be a Key to Autism

'Spontaneous' mutations, not generational ones, could play role in up to 20 percent of cases, study says

4/2/2012
Certain Children With Autism Show More Improvement Than Others

In study, 'bloomers' reached higher levels of functioning and had parents with more access to resources

3/30/2012
Two-Thirds of Kids With Autism Have Been Bullied: Study

Middle school typically the worst time for being picked on, researchers say

3/29/2012
U.S. Autism Rate Rises to 1 in 88 Children, CDC Reports

Boys have even higher risk; experts say part of increase may be due to better diagnosis

3/26/2012
People With Autism May Be Better at Processing Information

Small study suggests this ability might be an advantage in IT careers

3/23/2012
Study Might Explain Brain Overgrowth Seen in Autism

Abnormalities found in DNA, RNA that regulate brain cell growth

3/23/2012
When a Child With Autism Wanders, It's Crucial to Stay a Step Ahead

No locks, alarms, tracking devices can guarantee parents complete peace of mind

3/23/2012
Vacationing With a Wanderer Demands Planning

One mother took a picture of her son every morning so if he got lost she could show people what he was wearing that day

3/19/2012
Mothers of Kids With Autism Earn Less, Study Shows

Moms may need to devote time to caring for the child, researchers say

3/2/2012
'Parent Training' May Help Kids With Autism Behave Better

Teaching mom, dad to manage problem behaviors can improve overall functioning, study shows

2/23/2012
Meds for Autism Not Well Understood: Study

Guidelines needed for use of psychiatric drugs in affected teens, researcher says

2/20/2012
Autism Diagnosis Often Occurs Later for Black Children

Lack of access to health care, social stigma among reasons for treatment delays, study finds

2/17/2012
Motor Impairments Appear to Be a Characteristic of Autism

Study suggests that the disorder itself may be behind patients' difficulty with physical skills

2/17/2012
Brain Scans Might Spot Autism as Early as 6 Months of Age

Preliminary study says communication links in brain drop off before symptoms appear

2/14/2012
Teens With Autism Preoccupied With TV, Video Games: Study

But they're much less likely to use screen time for social media or email

1/26/2012
Mutations in 2 Genes Linked to Rare Autism-Related Disorder

Research sheds light on Joubert syndrome, which causes physical and mental disabilities

1/26/2012
Brain Activity May Help Predict Autism Before Age 1: Study

Differences in responses to eye contact detected in brains of at-risk infants as early as 6 months

1/25/2012
'Inner Dialogue' Might Aid People With Autism

Learning strategy may help with planning, functioning independently, small study says

1/24/2012
Can Low Birth Weight Raise Autism Risk?

In twins study, smaller size was associated with greater risk

1/23/2012
'Co-Occurring' Disorders May Explain Change in Autism Diagnosis

As symptoms of other conditions become more apparent, labels may vary, study suggests

1/20/2012
Smoking During Pregnancy Not Linked to Autism

But there are many other reasons to avoid cigarettes while pregnant

1/20/2012
Experts Weigh Changes to Definition of Autism

The goal: to create a clearer diagnosis of what constitutes the disorder; many could be affected

1/16/2012
Is Continued Lip-Reading an Early Sign of Autism?

Researchers say that typically developing infants focus on a speaker's eyes after age 1

1/12/2012
Little Known About How Autism Affects Teen Drivers: Researchers

Communication and motor skill impairments may influence driving skills, experts say

1/10/2012
Monkeys Treated With 'Love Hormone' Show More Kindness

Two monkeys were more likely to share juice after inhaling oxytocin in study

1/10/2012
Autism Gastro Problems May Be Linked to Gut Bacteria

Study found children with the disorder have different type of microbes in stomach than other kids

12/12/2011
Blink Patterns May Be a Window Into Autistic Mind

Watching a video, toddlers with autism reacted to action, not emotional content