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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

  • Smog Exposure During Pregnancy Linked to Autism Risk

    By Amy NortonHealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, Dec. 18, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Children born to moms who were exposed to high levels of air pollution late in pregnancy may have an increased risk of developing autism, a U.S. study suggests. Researchers found that of nearly 1,800 U.S. women who gave birth between 1990 and 2002, those exposed to [...]

  • Brain Inflammation a Hallmark of Autism, Study Shows

    WEDNESDAY, Dec. 10, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Brain inflammation, triggered by an overactive immune system, is common among people with autism, a new study finds. However, this inflammation does not cause the developmental disorder. Rather, it’s a response to the different factors that can trigger autism, the researchers stressed. Their findings are based on autopsies performed on [...]

  • Holidays Can Be Sensory Overload for Kids With Autism

    SUNDAY, Nov. 23, 2014 (HealthDay News) — The holidays can be a challenge for families of children with autism because sensory overload can trigger major meltdowns, an expert says. “Holidays with family can be dicey under the best of circumstances, but when you have children with special needs, some care must be taken,” Varleisha Gibbs, an [...]

  • Minority Kids May Be Missed in Autism Diagnoses: Study

    MONDAY, Nov. 10, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Black and Hispanic students are less likely to be identified as having autism than white students, a new study reveals. Researchers analyzed autism identification rates at schools across the United States between 2000 and 2007. These rates reflect how many students have been identified by schools — not necessarily [...]

  • Better Detection, Diagnosis Major Factors Behind Rise in Autism Cases: Study

    By Steven ReinbergHealthDay Reporter MONDAY, Nov. 3, 2014 (HealthDay News) — The dramatic increase in the number of children diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder is largely the result of changes in how the condition is reported, Danish researchers contend. At least in Denmark, the researchers say, most of the increase — 60 percent — can be [...]

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