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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

  • Autism Behaviors May Differ in Boys and Girls

    By Tara HaelleHealthDay Reporter FRIDAY, Sept. 4, 2015 (HealthDay News) — The repetitive and restrictive behaviors common in autism aren’t seen as often in girls as they are in boys with the disorder, a new study says. Researchers also found that there were differences in certain parts of the brain between girls and boys who exhibit these [...]

  • Cutting-Edge Gene Tests May Improve Management of Autism

    By Dennis ThompsonHealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, Sept. 1, 2015 (HealthDay News) — A pair of genetic tests could help parents and doctors better understand the numerous challenges that a child newly diagnosed with autism might face throughout life, a new study suggests. The tests tracked down genes that could explain the nature of a child’s autism susceptibility in [...]

  • Cutting-Edge Genetic Tests May Improve Management of Autism

    By Dennis ThompsonHealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, Sept. 1, 2015 (HealthDay News) — A pair of genetic tests could help parents and doctors better understand the numerous challenges that a child newly diagnosed with autism might face throughout life, a new study suggests. The tests tracked down genes that could explain the nature of a child’s autism susceptibility in [...]

  • Social Skills Program for Young Adults With Autism Shows Promise

    By Emily WillinghamHealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, Aug. 6, 2015 (HealthDay News) — A special program for adolescents and young adults with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) improved their social skills, a new study finds. Because autism research tends to focus on therapies for younger children, the study’s attention to this older age group is unusual, said lead author and [...]

  • Autism Care Costs Could Hit $500 Billion by 2025: Study

    WEDNESDAY, July 29, 2015 (HealthDay News) — The annual cost of caring for Americans with autism might reach $500 billion by 2025, a new study estimates, with outside estimates approaching $1 trillion. Health economists at the University of California, Davis, analyzed national data and concluded that costs will range from $162 billion to $367 billion in [...]

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