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People who have an autism spectrum disorder (ASD) have problems communicating and interacting with others. Autism is one type of ASD. Autism symptoms often appear early, typically before age 3. Autism symptoms can include language delays; lack of eye contact; and repetitive or obsessive behavior, such as rocking or hand flapping. About 1 in 110 children in the U.S. has an ASD, and the symptoms can range from mild to severe.

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  • Insurance Mandates Boost U.S. Autism Diagnoses

    MONDAY, July 11, 2016 (HealthDay News) — More U.S. children are getting diagnosed and treated for autism in states that require commercial health insurers to cover these services, a new study finds. But countless more kids with undiagnosed autism spectrum disorder still aren’t receiving needed medical attention, said researchers from the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School [...[...]

  • Does Too Much Folic Acid in Pregnancy Increase Autism Risk?

    A new study suggests that excessive amounts of folate (vitamin B9) and vitamin B12 in a mother’s body might increase a baby’s risk of developing an autism spectrum disorder.

  • Baby’s Immune System Might Hint at Autism Risk

    WEDNESDAY, May 11, 2016 (HealthDay News) — While the origins of autism remain mysterious, new research points to the infant immune system as a potential contributing factor. A team of Swedish and American researchers said levels of certain protein “markers” in newborns’ blood seemed to predict which children would go on to develop an autism spectrum [...][...]

  • Too Much Folic Acid in Pregnancy Tied to Raised Autism Risk in Study

    By Dennis ThompsonHealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, May 11, 2016 (HealthDay News) — Pregnant women are encouraged to get plenty of folic acid in their diet or through vitamin supplements, to protect their babies against birth defects of the brain and spinal cord. But a new study suggests that excessive amounts of folate (vitamin B9) and vitamin B12 in [...][...]

  • Kids With Autism Do Well Learning New Words: Study

    TUESDAY, May 10, 2016 (HealthDay News) — Children with autism learn new words the same way as other children do, but it takes them longer, a small study found. The researchers compared 15 children with autism, aged 18 months to 7 years, and a control group of 15 children without the developmental disorder. A series of tests [...][...]