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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

  • ‘Love Hormone’ Oxytocin May Help Some With Autism

    By Alan Mozes HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, July 29, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Treating certain adult autism patients with just a single dose of the hormone oxytocin quickly improved their ability to judge facial expressions and emotions, Japanese researchers report. Known as the “love hormone,” oxytocin has been shown to play a role in emotional bonding between lovers, and [...]

  • Parents of Children With Autism Need Help, Too

    By Dennis ThompsonHealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, July 22, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Most therapies for autism focus on the child, but new research suggests the child’s stressed-out parents could benefit from treatments designed specifically for them. Mothers of autistic children who took part in a coping skills program found they connected better with their child and felt less [...]

  • Common Genes Implicated in Autism Study

    SUNDAY, July 20, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Most of the genetic risk for autism appears to come from common gene variants rather than spontaneous gene mutations, according to a new study. Researchers compared about 3,000 people in Sweden with and without autism and found that about 52 percent of autism was linked to common gene variants [...]

  • Researchers Say They’ve Found New Clues to Autism

    WEDNESDAY, July 9, 2014 (HealthDay News) — A genetic mutation that increases the risk for a certain form of autism and causes specific physical traits and symptoms has been identified by researchers. The finding may eventually enable doctors to do pre-birth testing for the CHD8 gene mutation in order to identify babies who are at risk [...]

  • Another Study Shows That the Measles Vaccine Doesn’t Cause Autism

    Parents worried about getting young children vaccinated against infectious diseases have fresh cause for reassurance, researchers say.

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