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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

  • Different Areas of Brain Affected in Autism, Sensory Disorders

    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 [...]

  • Less Flexibility Seen in Brain Wiring of Kids With Autism: Study

    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 [...]

  • How the “Love Hormone” Oxytocin Could Help Some With Autism

    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.

  • 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 [...]

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