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Autism

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.

Autism News

  • Another Study Finds No Link Between Measles Vaccine and Autism

    Yet another study finds no evidence that the measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine raises the risk of autism—even among children who are at increased genetic risk.

  • Training Programs for Parents Tied to Better Behavior in Kids With Autism

    By Tara HaelleHealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, April 21, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Training programs for parents can help improve the behavior of children with autism, a new study suggests. After six months of either parent training or parent education, the children’s behavior improved for parents in both groups, but the benefit was greater in the parent training group, [...]

  • Many Young Adults With Autism Face Unemployment, Isolation

    By Alan MozesHealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, April 21, 2015 (HealthDay News) — As children with autism grow older, many approach adulthood without continued access to the kind of special needs services they routinely received as children, a new report warns. The “National Autism Indicators Report: Transition into Young Adulthood” also reveals that such children may enter adulthood without [...]

  • Father’s Sperm May Hold Clues to Autism Risk

    WEDNESDAY, April 15, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Sperm may hold clues about whether a man’s children will be at increased risk for autism, a small study suggests. Autism spectrum disorder is a group of developmental problems that can cause significant social, communication and behavioral challenges, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The CDC [...]

  • Doctors Often Ignore Parents’ Concerns About Autism in Young Kids: Study

    WEDNESDAY, April 15, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Delays in diagnosing and treating autism often occur when doctors ignore parents’ concerns about their child’s early development, a new study suggests. A team led by Dr. Katharine Zuckerman, of Oregon Health and Science University in Portland, compared the medical records of more than 1,400 children with autism against [...]

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