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.
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
WEDNESDAY, July 30, 2014 (HealthDay News) – Although the vast majority of kids with autism have abnormal sensory behaviors, their brains are still wired very differently from children who have trouble processing sensory stimuli, researchers report. Children with sensory processing disorders (SPD) can be overly sensitive to sound, sight and touch. They can also have poor motor [...]
By Randy DotingaHealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, July 29, 2014 (HealthDay News) — When most children take on a task, various brain connections fire up. But scans showed less of this neuro-boosting activity in kids with autism, according to a small new study. Moreover, children with more severe symptoms of autism displayed even less of this “brain flexibility,” the [...]