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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

  • Some Kids With Autism Show Improvement by Age 6: Study

    By Kathleen DohenyHealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, Jan. 28, 2015 (HealthDay News) — More than 10 percent of preschool-age children diagnosed with autism saw some improvement in their symptoms by age 6. And 20 percent of the children made some gains in everyday functioning, a new study found. Canadian researchers followed 421 children from diagnosis (between ages 2 and [...]

  • Autism Genes Vary, Even in Affected Siblings, Study Finds

    By Dennis ThompsonHealthDay Reporter MONDAY, Jan. 26, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Siblings who share a diagnosis of autism often don’t share the same autism-linked genes, according to a new study. Researchers previously have identified more than 100 genetic mutations that can make a person more susceptible to an autism spectrum disorder, said senior author Dr. Stephen Scherer, [...]

  • Study Hints That ‘Video Feedback’ Therapy May Help Curb Autism

    THURSDAY, Jan. 22, 2015 (HealthDay News) — A therapy involving “video feedback” — where parents watch videos of their interactions with their baby — might help prevent infants at risk for autism from developing the disorder, a new study suggests. The research involved 54 families of babies who were at increased risk for autism because they [...]

  • Those With Autism May Have Unique Brain Connections, Study Shows

    MONDAY, Jan. 19, 2015 (HealthDay News) — People with autism may have brain connections that are uniquely their own, a new study suggests. Previous research has found either over- or under-synchronization between different areas of the brains of people with autism, when compared to those without the disorder. The authors of the new study said those [...]

  • Autism Signs May Be Missed in Short Checkups

    By Tara HaelleHealthDay Reporter MONDAY, Jan. 12, 2015 (HealthDay News) — The 10 to 20 minutes of a typical well-child visit isn’t enough time to reliably detect a young child’s risk of autism, a new study suggests. “When decisions about autism referral are made based on brief observations alone, there is a substantial risk that even experts [...]

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