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.
FRIDAY, March 7, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Younger siblings of children with autism may show signs of abnormal development or behavior as early as 1 year of age, according to a new study. The findings suggest that parents and doctors should keep close watch for such symptoms at an early age among younger siblings of children [...]
Children born to older fathers are at higher risk for various psychiatric and learning problems than once thought, a large new study suggests. Among more than 2 million children born in Sweden, researchers found that those born to fathers aged 45 and older were more prone to problems such as autism, attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, attempted suicide and drug abuse.
By Mary Brophy MarcusHealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, Feb. 27, 2014 (HealthDay News) — A new DNA study begins to explain why girls are less likely than boys to have an autism spectrum disorder. It turns out that girls tend not to develop autism when only mild genetic abnormalities exist, the researchers said. But when they are diagnosed with [...]
The cost of services for children with autism averages more than $17,000 per child each year — with school systems footing much of the bill, a new U.S. study estimates.
THURSDAY, Feb. 6, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Infants who shifted their gaze from faces of people who were speaking were more likely to be diagnosed with autism when they were older, a new study reveals. This is the first time that this type of abnormal response to speech at a young age has been linked to [...]