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21 Apr

Screen Time and Autism Risk

Greater TV and video viewing at 12 months linked to ASD-like symptoms at 2.

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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.

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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...

23 Jan
Largest-Ever Study Ties Over 100 Genes to Autism

Largest-Ever Study Ties Over 100 Genes to Autism

More than 100 genes appear to be involved in autism spectrum disorders (ASD), according to the largest genetic study of the condition to date.

The study, involving over 50 centers around the globe, identified 102 genes associated with ASD -- including a few dozen tha...

21 Jan
Brain Waves Offer Insight Into Autism-Linked Sleep Struggles

Brain Waves Offer Insight Into Autism-Linked Sleep Struggles

Shallower-than-normal brain waves may play a role in serious sleep problems in children with autism, a new study suggests.

Previous research has shown that between 40% and 80% of children with autism have sleep issues, such as trouble falling asleep or waking...

14 Jan
1 in 4 Children With Autism Is Undiagnosed: Study

1 in 4 Children With Autism Is Undiagnosed: Study

Far too many U.S. children with autism are waiting too long for a diagnosis, new research shows, and those delays can greatly affect their quality of life.

About one in every four 8-year-olds assessed in the new study was found to have undiagnosed autism and wasn't r...

16 Dec
Updated Autism Guidelines Stress Earliest Screenings Possible

Updated Autism Guidelines Stress Earliest Screenings Possible

For the first time in more than a decade, a leading pediatricians' group has issued new autism guidelines that emphasize early intervention.

Updated recommendations from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) say screenings should be conducted at 9-, 18- and 30-mon...

30 Oct
Acetaminophen in Pregnancy Might Raise Children's Odds of ADHD, Autism

Acetaminophen in Pregnancy Might Raise Children's Odds of ADHD, Autism

Two-thirds of American women take acetaminophen for the aches and pains of pregnancy, but the medication might not be as benign as thought.

New research shows that women who took acetaminophen, best known as Tylenol, at the end of their pregnancies were much more li...

28 Oct
Pain Twice as Common for Kids With Autism: Study

Pain Twice as Common for Kids With Autism: Study

Children with an autism spectrum disorder may be twice as likely to experience pain as kids without autism, a new study suggests.

"Pain is a common but under-recognized experience for children with autism," said researcher Danielle Shapiro. She is an assistant prof...

22 Oct
Antidepressant Doesn't Ease Obsessive Behaviors of Autism

Antidepressant Doesn't Ease Obsessive Behaviors of Autism

The commonly used antidepressant Prozac doesn't appear to help reduce obsessive-compulsive behavior in children and teens with autism, new research suggests.

The study randomly compared use of the drug to a placebo over 16 weeks. In the end, the researchers saw no m...

03 Oct
Severe Morning Sickness Tied to Autism Risk in Kids

Severe Morning Sickness Tied to Autism Risk in Kids

Many pregnant women suffer from morning sickness early in pregnancy. But a new study suggests that a small minority who suffer a more severe form of the illness may be at higher odds of having a child with autism.

The form of morning sickness in question is called hy...

26 Sep
More U.S. Kids Being Diagnosed With Autism, ADHD

More U.S. Kids Being Diagnosed With Autism, ADHD

More U.S. children today have developmental disabilities like autism and ADHD than a decade ago, though improved recognition may be a major reason, according to a government study.

Researchers found that between 2009 and 2017, the percentage of U.S. children and tee...

20 Sep
Anemia During Pregnancy Tied to Higher Odds for Autism, ADHD in Kids

Anemia During Pregnancy Tied to Higher Odds for Autism, ADHD in Kids

Women who suffer from anemia early in pregnancy are at risk for having a child with autism, attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and intellectual disabilities, a study by Swedish researchers suggests.

The study couldn't prove cause and effect, but "a diagn...

12 Sep
U.S. Autism Rates Rising Fastest for Hispanics, Blacks

U.S. Autism Rates Rising Fastest for Hispanics, Blacks

Autism rates among U.S. children are rising fastest among blacks and Hispanics, researchers say.

"We found that rates among blacks and Hispanics are not only catching up to those of whites -- which have historically been higher -- but surpassing them," said study aut...

06 Sep
Back-to-School Tips for Kids on the Autism Spectrum

Back-to-School Tips for Kids on the Autism Spectrum

FRIDAY, Sept. 6, 2019 (Healthday News) -- Heading back to school can be especially stressful for children with autism and their parents, but preparation and establishing a routine can make it easier.

The Children's Hospital of Los Angeles has tips to help parents get...

13 Aug
Scientists Uncover More Autism Genes

Scientists Uncover More Autism Genes

In a finding that underscores the major role genetics plays in autism risk, researchers report they have identified 16 new genes linked to the developmental disorder.

The investigators conducted genetic analyses of 2,300 people from nearly 500 families with at least ...

08 Aug
Unlocking Speech for Kids With Autism

Unlocking Speech for Kids With Autism

For parents of a child with autism, communication is often the No. 1 hurdle. But what if there were a simple way to help them get their youngster talking?

A new study suggests there just might be.

It's called "pivotal response treatment" (PRT). And those ...

29 Jul
High Levels of Estrogen in Womb Might Raise Autism Risk

High Levels of Estrogen in Womb Might Raise Autism Risk

New British research is bolstering the theory that elevated levels of sex hormones in the uterus could play a role in autism risk.

Prior studies had already implicated higher uterine concentrations of male sex hormones -- androgens -- in increasing the odds for an au...

23 Jul
Extreme Eating Habits Could Be an Early Clue to Autism

Extreme Eating Habits Could Be an Early Clue to Autism

Lots of kids are picky eaters. But when eating habits in young children are extreme, it could be a sign of autism, researchers say.

A new study finds atypical eating behaviors -- such as hypersensitivity to food textures or pocketing food without swallowing -- in 70&...

17 Jul
Autism Largely Caused by Genetics, Not Environment: Study

Autism Largely Caused by Genetics, Not Environment: Study

The largest study of its kind, involving more than 2 million people across five countries, finds that autism spectrum disorders are 80% reliant on inherited genes.

That means that environmental causes are responsible for just 20% of the risk.

The fi...

28 Jun
Women's Exposure to Solvents at Work Tied to Autism in Children

Women's Exposure to Solvents at Work Tied to Autism in Children

Children of mothers who are often exposed to solvent chemicals in the workplace appear to have an increased risk of autism, a new study finds.

The study of almost 1,000 families can't prove cause and effect, but researchers report that mothers of autistic children ha...

10 May
Can Medical Marijuana Help Kids With Autism?

Can Medical Marijuana Help Kids With Autism?

Medical marijuana extracts appear to help children with autism, reducing their disruptive behavior while improving their social responsiveness, a new Israeli clinical trial reports.

Kids treated with either a whole-plant cannabis extract or a pure combination of cannab...

03 May
Developmental Tests Might Spot Autism at Even Younger Ages

Developmental Tests Might Spot Autism at Even Younger Ages

The sooner a child with autism is diagnosed, the better, and now new research describes a novel way of catching it earlier than ever.

Well-child visits that include developmental screening might pick up the first hints of autism risk in some children, the study sugg...

03 May
For People With Autism, Encounters With Police Can Turn Dangerous

For People With Autism, Encounters With Police Can Turn Dangerous

Being stopped and questioned by a police officer can be a stressful encounter for anyone, but it is especially hazardous for those with autism.

Things can go so wrong that the person with autism winds up in jail because of miscommunications and misunderstandings. Pre...

01 May
Treatments Targeting Social Behavior Hormone Show Promise With Autism

Treatments Targeting Social Behavior Hormone Show Promise With Autism

Hormone-based treatment might improve social function in people with autism, a pair of new clinical trials suggests.

Both focused on vasopressin, a hormone that has been implicated in the brain's ability to manage social behavior.

In the first trial, vasopr...

01 May
'Microbiome' May Be Key to Autism Symptoms

'Microbiome' May Be Key to Autism Symptoms

The belly-brain connection is gaining traction in autism research. And a new study suggests gut bacteria may play a role in the disorder or some of its symptoms.

Although this research is in its infancy, it's hoped that someday scientists might tweak the gut bacteria...

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