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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

  • Children with Autism Respond Differently to Smells: Study

    By Tara HaelleHealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, July 2, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Children with autism spectrum disorders appear to respond to stinky smells differently from children without autism, a new study found. The difference was pronounced enough that researchers could tell who had autism and who didn’t about 80 percent of the time based only on “sniff [...]

  • Children with Autism Respond Differently to Smells: Study

    By Tara HaelleHealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, July 2, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Children with autism spectrum disorders appear to respond to stinky smells differently from children without autism, a new study found. The difference was pronounced enough that researchers could tell who had autism and who didn’t about 80 percent of the time based only on “sniff [...]

  • Superior Visual Ability Found Early in Children With Autism

    By Tara HaelleHealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, June 11, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Exceptional visual perception might be an early hallmark of autism, which could help predict a child will be diagnosed with the developmental disability, a new British study suggests. Infants who more quickly perceived a mismatched symbol on a screen when they were 9 months old were [...]

  • Parents’ Age May Be Factor in Child’s Autism Risk

    By Tara HaelleHealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, June 9, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Parents’ ages may play a role in a child’s risk of developing autism, a new study suggests. Past research has already reported a higher risk of autism among children of older parents, as was found in this new paper. But this study also suggests that children [...]

  • Autism Linked to Higher Smog Levels, Study Says

    Air pollution exposure may be linked to a child’s risk of autism, a recent study suggests.

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