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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.

Autism News

  • Kids With Autism Tend to Be Less Active, Study Says

    WEDNESDAY, Oct. 1, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Children with autism are more sedentary than those without the disorder, but they’re fully capable of being more active, a small study suggests. Researchers tested the fitness and activity levels of 29 children, some with autism and some without. Children with autism averaged 50 fewer minutes per day of [...]

  • Spacing Between Sibling Births Tied to Autism Risk in Study

    TUESDAY, Sept. 30, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Children conceived either less than one year or more than five years after the birth of a sibling could be at increased risk for autism, a new study suggests. However, both the study’s lead author and an outside expert agree that the research can’t prove that birth spacing has [...]

  • Boys With Autism Show Certain Grammar Skills in Study

    THURSDAY, Sept. 25, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Boys with high-functioning autism are stronger in a certain grammar skill than those without autism, according to a small study. Researchers compared 20 boys, ages 7 to 13, with high-functioning autism and 25 boys without autism. They found that those with autism were much faster at producing past tenses [...]

  • Brainwaves May Help Gauge Autism Severity: Study

    By Tara HaelleHealthDay Reporter MONDAY, Sept. 22, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Measuring how quickly a child’s brain processes sounds might help identify the severity of autism, according to a new study. Observing children’s brainwaves may also allow identification of autism earlier than is currently possible, the study authors reported. “The finding that the brain’s response to certain types [...]

  • Could Low Iron Intake During Pregnancy Raise Autism Risk?

    By Barbara Bronson GrayHealthDay Reporter MONDAY, Sept. 22, 2014 (HealthDay News) — It’s something every pregnant woman wonders: What can I do to help ensure a healthy baby? New research suggests that taking iron supplements as prescribed may play a role in reducing the risk of having a child with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). The researchers found that [...]

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