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29 Sep

Epidurals Don't Raise Risk of Autism

Two new studies find no significant link between epidurals given to women during labor and autism spectrum disorder in their offspring.

24 Sep

High Obesity Risk for Adults with Autism, Study Finds

Young adults with autism spectrum disorder and other intellectual disabilities are at high risk for obesity, but diet and exercise programs may help, researchers say.

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23 Nov
Brain's 'White Matter' Changes in People With Autism

Brain's 'White Matter' Changes in People With Autism

Teens and young adults with autism show marked differences in their brains' white matter compared to those without the disorder, a new study finds.

"If you think of gray matter as the computer, white matter is like the cables," said study co-author Clara Weber, a postgra...

25 Oct
People With Autism at Higher Risk for Suicide, Self-Harm: Study

People With Autism at Higher Risk for Suicide, Self-Harm: Study

A significantly increased risk of self-harm and suicide among people with autism shows the need for programs to reduce that risk, researchers say.

For their study, the investigators analyzed 31 studies on the link between autism and self-harm/suicide that were posted to ...

14 Oct
'Feel Good' Hormone Won't Help Ease Kids' Autism, Study Finds

'Feel Good' Hormone Won't Help Ease Kids' Autism, Study Finds

Despite hints of promise from early research, a new clinical trial finds no evidence that kids with autism benefit from nasal sprays containing the "love" hormone oxytocin.

Researchers called the findings disappointing.

But they said the study also offers important...

13 Oct
Kids With Autism Find It Tough to Read Hidden Emotions: Study

Kids With Autism Find It Tough to Read Hidden Emotions: Study

When you're putting on a brave face to mask disappointment or shedding tears of joy, kids with autism are likely to misunderstand how you're really feeling.

That's because they don't use context to identify underlying emotions, according to a new study investigating whet...

29 Sep
Epidurals Not Linked to Autism in Children

Epidurals Not Linked to Autism in Children

Pregnant women who receive an epidural to ease their pain during labor aren't any more likely than others to have kids with autism, two new studies show.

Earlier research suggested this practice may increase autism risk in offspring, but the pair of studies should put th...

24 Sep
Obesity a Threat to Adults With Autism, But There May Be Help

Obesity a Threat to Adults With Autism, But There May Be Help

Eating well and exercising regularly can be a challenge for anyone. But for those with autism spectrum disorder or intellectual disabilities, that challenge is exponentially greater.

Many young men and women with autism and intellectual disabilities face a significa...

21 Sep
Intervening in Infancy Might Help Prevent Some Cases of Autism: Study

Intervening in Infancy Might Help Prevent Some Cases of Autism: Study

Infants may show early signs of autism, but a diagnosis usually isn't made until age 3. Now, a new study suggests that jumpstarting therapy might stave off that diagnosis altogether.

Researchers say their preemptive, parent-led intervention could have a significant impac...

10 Sep
It's a Win-Win When a Child With Autism Gets a Shelter Cat

It's a Win-Win When a Child With Autism Gets a Shelter Cat

Parents of a child with autism might wonder if a pet cat would be a good fit for the family. Now, research suggests both children with autism and cats benefit when a feline joins the household.

Gretchen Carlisle, a research scientist at the Missouri University Research C...

08 Sep
Adults With Autism, Mental Illness May Be at Higher Risk for Severe COVID

Adults With Autism, Mental Illness May Be at Higher Risk for Severe COVID

Adults with autism, intellectual disabilities or mental health disorders are at increased risk for COVID-19 and severe illness, researchers report.

Being aware of the heightened risk is important in prioritizing COVID-19 prevention measures, such as vaccination, testing,...

11 Aug
'Preemie' Babies More Vulnerable to Autism Diagnosis Later: Study

'Preemie' Babies More Vulnerable to Autism Diagnosis Later: Study

Babies born prematurely, even just a couple weeks early, may be at increased risk of autism, a large new study suggests.

It's long been known that autism, a developmental brain disorder, is more common among children who were born preterm -- before the 37th week of pregn...

27 Jul
Kids With Autism Have Unique Gut 'Microbiomes'

Kids With Autism Have Unique Gut 'Microbiomes'

Children with autism differ socially and developmentally from their typically developing peers. Now, researchers say there are also differences in their array of healthy gut bacteria or "microbiome."

The findings may lead to earlier treatment for kids with an autism spec...

08 Jul
Autism & Drinking, Drug Abuse Can Be Dangerous Mix

Autism & Drinking, Drug Abuse Can Be Dangerous Mix

Teens and adults with autism may be less likely than others to use drugs and alcohol, but new research finds those who do are nearly nine times more likely to use these substances to mask symptoms, including those related to autism.

This is known as camouflaging, and it ...

05 Jul
Telehealth: Tips for Helping Kids With Autism Take Part

Telehealth: Tips for Helping Kids With Autism Take Part

Telehealth is increasing in popularity in the United States, partly due to the pandemic. But some children with autism have difficulty sitting through these virtual appointments.

Yet those visits can be a helpful part of a child's ongoing medical care, and their convenie...

21 Jun
5 Tests You Should Not Order for a Child With Autism

5 Tests You Should Not Order for a Child With Autism

A leading medical group is offering testing guidelines for children with autistic behaviors.

The American Academy of Pediatrics Council on Environmental Health emphasized that certain measurements to test for exposure to chemicals are not helpful to guide treatment. The...

17 May
Parents' Input Key When Screening Toddlers for Autism

Parents' Input Key When Screening Toddlers for Autism

Early screening for autism can speed up diagnosis and treatment, and now new research shows that pediatricians are more likely to act when parents express concerns.

According to pediatricians surveyed in the study, only 39% of toddlers who had failed a screening looking ...

05 May
New Study Examines Sexuality of People With Autism

New Study Examines Sexuality of People With Autism

Adults with autism report a broad range of sexuality -- being much more likely to identify as asexual, bisexual or homosexual than people without autism, a new study finds.

In a survey of nearly 2,400 adults, researchers found that those with autism were three to nine ti...

04 May
Eating Issues Common in People With Autism, and Girls Are More Susceptible

Eating Issues Common in People With Autism, and Girls Are More Susceptible

While it's well established that autism and certain eating issues go hand in hand, does gender also play a role?

Apparently it does, according to Swedish researchers who set out to better understand whether being male or female influenced eating issues in people who hav...

03 May
Pandemic Has Greatly Diminished Services for Kids, Adults With Autism

Pandemic Has Greatly Diminished Services for Kids, Adults With Autism

When the coronavirus pandemic hit, a number of services that people count on were put on hold -- unfortunately, this included therapeutic and educational services for those with autism, according to a new study.

To determine this impact, UCLA's Center for Autism Researc...

22 Apr
Brain Study Suggests Autism Develops Differently in Girls Than Boys

Brain Study Suggests Autism Develops Differently in Girls Than Boys

Autism appears to develop differently in girls and boys, so the findings of research conducted mainly with boys might not apply to girls, a new study suggests.

Autism spectrum disorder is four times more common in boys, which may help explain why there's far less researc...

19 Apr
Epidural in Delivery Not Linked to Autism: Study

Epidural in Delivery Not Linked to Autism: Study

In news that should reassure many pregnant women, having an epidural during childbirth won't increase the child's risk of autism, researchers report.

The new findings refute a widely criticized 2020 study that said epidurals were associated with a 37% higher risk of auti...

09 Apr
Kids With Autism Can Really Benefit From Exercise

Kids With Autism Can Really Benefit From Exercise

FRIDAY, April 9, 2021 (HealthDay News) - Being active is good for most everyone, and new studies now show it can help kids with autism manage common behavioral issues.

"Exercise goes beyond health-related benefits and increased levels of fitness for those with autism," s...

05 Apr
More Kids With Autism May Be Doing Well Than Thought

More Kids With Autism May Be Doing Well Than Thought

School-age children with autism may be faring better than commonly thought, with most "doing well" in at least some aspects of development, a new study suggests.

The study, of 272 children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), found that nearly 80% were doing well in at l...

26 Mar
'Zombie Genes' Spur Some Brain Cells to Grow Even After Death

'Zombie Genes' Spur Some Brain Cells to Grow Even After Death

When people die some cells in their brains go on for hours, even getting more active and growing to gargantuan proportions, new research shows.

Awareness of this activity, spurred on by "zombie genes," could affect research into diseases that affect the brain.

For ...

05 Feb
Driving Hazards Differ for Teens With Autism

Driving Hazards Differ for Teens With Autism

Getting a driver's license is an important milestone for many teens and young adults, including those with autism. But all beginner drivers face hazards on the road.

New research analyzing motor vehicle crashes shows that teens with autism are half as likely to crash due...

19 Jan
The Family Cat Could Be Good Medicine for Kids With Autism

The Family Cat Could Be Good Medicine for Kids With Autism

Cats have a long history of boosting people's moods and brightening their days. And that's probably true for kids on the autism spectrum as well, new research shows.

The small study suggests that adopting a shelter cat may help reduce separation anxiety and improve ...

14 Jan
Sperm Samples May Help Predict Autism Risk in Offspring

Sperm Samples May Help Predict Autism Risk in Offspring

Biomarkers in sperm may help identify men at risk of fathering children with autism, researchers say.

For the study, investigators examined sperm epigenetics -- the molecular processes that affect gene expression -- in 13 men who fathered sons with autism and 13 who had ...

30 Oct
Epilepsy Meds During Pregnancy May Raise Autism Risk in Child

Epilepsy Meds During Pregnancy May Raise Autism Risk in Child

Women who take the epilepsy medication valproic acid during pregnancy have more than twice the risk of having a child with autism, new research suggests.

The study also found that taking the drug during pregnancy almost doubled the odds that a child would have attention-...

22 Oct
Could Hospital Visit Records Help Docs Spot ADHD, Autism Early?

Could Hospital Visit Records Help Docs Spot ADHD, Autism Early?

Kids with autism or attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) go to the hospital more in their first year of life than children without these conditions, according to a new study.

These findings suggest that keeping track of hospital visits may be a new way to...

14 Oct
Nerves May Play Important Role in Autism

Nerves May Play Important Role in Autism

Autism may involve nerves that control touch, pain and other sensations as well as the brain, a new study suggests.

"More than 70% of people with autism have differences in their sensory perception," said researcher Dr. Sung-Tsang Hsieh, an attending neurologist...

14 Oct
Could Virtual Training Help Parents of Kids With Autism Manage Behavior?

Could Virtual Training Help Parents of Kids With Autism Manage Behavior?

Virtual training is effective in teaching parents of children with autism about early behavioral intervention, according to a new study.

The alternative to in-person training is the only option for many parents during the coronavirus pandemic or for those who can't a...

13 Oct
Epidurals During Childbirth Tied to Autism Risk

Epidurals During Childbirth Tied to Autism Risk

Children whose mothers were given an epidural during labor may face a slightly heightened risk of autism, a large, new study suggests.

Researchers found that the rate of autism was a little higher among those kids, versus their peers whose mothers did not get epidura...

25 Sep
Small Risk of Autism Seen in Babies Born Preterm and Post-Term

Small Risk of Autism Seen in Babies Born Preterm and Post-Term

There may be a slightly increased risk of autism for each week a child is born before or after 40 weeks of gestation, according to a new study.

Researchers are still trying to pinpoint the causes of autism, but both genetic and environmental factors are believed to p...

24 Aug
For Black Kids, Autism Caught Late in the Game

For Black Kids, Autism Caught Late in the Game

It takes close to three years for a Black preschooler with autism to get a definitive diagnosis, a new U.S. study finds.

That delay means that young Black Americans miss out on early intensive treatment that is essential to help children with autism be better able t...

20 Aug
Kids With Special Needs Struggling to Receive Good Care During Pandemic

Kids With Special Needs Struggling to Receive Good Care During Pandemic

With the likelihood that many kids will be taught remotely this fall, all children are bound to face obstacles to their learning and development. But kids with disabilities often require more support, some of which cannot be delivered remotely.

...

11 Aug
Pot Use While Pregnant Tied to Higher Odds for Autism in Kids

Pot Use While Pregnant Tied to Higher Odds for Autism in Kids

Research has shown that pot use during pregnancy may increase the risk of stillborn birth, preterm birth and low birth weight.

Now, a new study adds another danger: children whose mothers used pot while pregnant could be at greater risk for autism.

And the ...

12 Jun
How Helpful Are Support Dogs for Kids With Autism?

How Helpful Are Support Dogs for Kids With Autism?

Therapy dogs may help some children with autism improve their social skills, but this approach doesn't work in all cases, a new study finds.

Many people with autism have difficulty socializing with others, and previous research has suggested that therapy dogs can hel...

28 May
Are Many With Autism Missing Out on Key Gene Tests?

Are Many With Autism Missing Out on Key Gene Tests?

Very few people with autism receive two recommended genetic tests, a new study finds.

The American Academy of Pediatrics and other medical groups recommend offering chromosomal microarray testing and Fragile X testing to people with autism, to detect or rule out gene...

28 May
Pandemic Can Overwhelm Those With Autism

Pandemic Can Overwhelm Those With Autism

The coronavirus pandemic can be especially difficult for children and adults with autism and their families, experts say.

Self-isolation and disruption of routine are tough for anyone, but may emotionally upend someone with an autism spectrum disorder, said Dr. Adrie...

27 May
Uncles, Aunts May Influence a Child's Odds for Autism

Uncles, Aunts May Influence a Child's Odds for Autism

A child with an uncle or aunt with autism appears to have a more than doubled risk of being diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder themselves, a new U.S. government-funded study reports.

Roughly 3% to 5% of children with an aunt or uncle with autism can a...

19 May
Could Umbilical Cord Blood Help Ease Autism?

Could Umbilical Cord Blood Help Ease Autism?

A study testing umbilical cord blood as an autism treatment has found hints of potential benefits for some kids -- but the researchers say much more work is needed to get firmer answers.

The study, of 180 children, found that a single infusion of cord blood did not i...

18 May
Autism May Spur Eating Disorders in Adolescence, Study Finds

Autism May Spur Eating Disorders in Adolescence, Study Finds

Autism may be a risk factor for eating disorders, a new study suggests.

Previous research has shown that 20% to 30% of adults with eating disorders have autism, and the same is true for between 3% and 10% of children and teens. But it wasn't clear if ...

11 May
Baby's Sleep Issues Could Sometimes Signal Autism: Study

Baby's Sleep Issues Could Sometimes Signal Autism: Study

Babies who have disrupted sleep, as many with autism do, may experience delayed brain development, a new study suggests.

Sleep problems in baby's first year may affect growth of the hippocampus and may also precede an autism diagnosis, researchers say.

In...

07 May
Pets May Help Parents of Kids With Autism Fight Stress

Pets May Help Parents of Kids With Autism Fight Stress

Pets are stress-relievers for parents of children with autism and benefit their kids, too, a new study suggests.

On average, parents of kids with autism have higher stress levels than other moms and dads, the study authors said, so some look to pets to help them rela...

23 Apr
Study Confirms Safety, Effectiveness of Children's Vaccines

Study Confirms Safety, Effectiveness of Children's Vaccines

Vaccines for measles, mumps, rubella and varicella (chickenpox) are highly effective and do not cause autism, say researchers who reviewed 138 studies that included 23 million children.

"In terms of safety, we know from previous studies all around the world that the ...

20 Apr
Screen Time for Tiniest Tots Linked to Autism-Like Symptoms

Screen Time for Tiniest Tots Linked to Autism-Like Symptoms

Letting a baby watch a smartphone, tablet or TV at 12 months increases the odds the child will develop autism-like symptoms during the next year, new research suggests.

On the other hand, if parents spent active play time with their child every day, the odds of au...

04 Mar
FDA Bans Shock Devices Used on the Mentally Disabled

FDA Bans Shock Devices Used on the Mentally Disabled

Electrical shock devices used to reduce aggression and self-harm in patients with autism and other developmental disabilities will be banned, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration said Wednesday.

The devices deliver shocks through electrodes attached to the skin of p...

25 Feb
Getting Quality Autism Therapy From Thousands of Miles Away

Getting Quality Autism Therapy From Thousands of Miles Away

By the time he was 7 months old, John Michael Crawford had been diagnosed with a rare genetic disorder called tuberous sclerosis, associated with a high risk of developmental delays, including autism.

Early intervention programs are believ...

19 Feb
Common Plastics Chemicals Linked to Autism Traits in Young Boys

Common Plastics Chemicals Linked to Autism Traits in Young Boys

Young boys whose mothers were exposed to chemicals known as phthalates while pregnant may face an increased risk for developing behaviors associated with autism, a new study warns.

Phthalates are chemicals found in many household products, including cosmetics and pla...

28 Jan
Girls With Autism Diagnosed Later Than Boys

Girls With Autism Diagnosed Later Than Boys

Girls tend to be diagnosed with autism at an older age than boys, perhaps delaying essential treatment, a new study concludes.

That delay in diagnosis is a clinically important finding, said study author Eric Morrow, an associate professor of molecular biology, neuro...

27 Jan
Could a Common Diuretic Med Help Ease Autism Symptoms?

Could a Common Diuretic Med Help Ease Autism Symptoms?

A prescription drug that's long been used to treat the buildup of fluid in the body might do double duty as a means of easing autism symptoms in young children, new research shows.

If replicated in future trials, the drug treatment might be a breakthrough, since curr...

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