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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

  • Estrogen Receptor May Play a Role in Autism

    THURSDAY, Sept. 11, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Significantly lower levels of a key estrogen receptor may play a role in autism spectrum disorders, according to a new study. This link between autism and sex hormones could help explain why the condition is about four times more common among men than women, the researchers noted. “Our study [...]

  • Spotting, Treating Autism Symptoms in Infancy May Prevent Developmental Delays

    Among infants as young as 6 months old who exhibited symptoms of autism, therapy provided by parents seemed to prevent developmental delays by age 3 in most of the tots, a small new study suggests.

  • Do Antidepressants in Pregnancy Raise Risks for Mental Woes in Kids?

    WEDNESDAY, Aug. 27, 2014 (HealthDay News) — There’s been controversy for years over whether the use of common antidepressants by women during their pregnancies might raise the odds of mental health issues in their children. Now, a study involving more than 13,000 children finds no rise in the risk of autism in children whose mothers [...]

  • Kids With Autism Have Extra Brain Connections, Study Says

    THURSDAY, Aug. 21, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Researchers report that children with autism appear to have excess synapses — cellular connections — in their brains compared with typical children. The scientists also believe it might be possible to reduce the number of extra synapses through drug treatment. Synapses are the points in the brain where brain cells [...]

  • ‘Love Hormone’ Oxytocin May Play Key Role in Kids’ Social Skills

    By Dennis ThompsonHealthDay Reporter MONDAY, Aug. 4, 2014 (HealthDay News) — The “love hormone” oxytocin has a tremendous effect on kids’ ability to function socially, Stanford University researchers report. Children blessed with naturally high levels of oxytocin are more savvy at communicating with others and interpreting social signals or situations, said study author Karen Parker, an assistant [...]

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