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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

  • Social Skills Program for Young Adults With Autism Shows Promise

    By Emily WillinghamHealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, Aug. 6, 2015 (HealthDay News) — A special program for adolescents and young adults with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) improved their social skills, a new study finds. Because autism research tends to focus on therapies for younger children, the study’s attention to this older age group is unusual, said lead author and [...]

  • Autism Care Costs Could Hit $500 Billion by 2025: Study

    WEDNESDAY, July 29, 2015 (HealthDay News) — The annual cost of caring for Americans with autism might reach $500 billion by 2025, a new study estimates, with outside estimates approaching $1 trillion. Health economists at the University of California, Davis, analyzed national data and concluded that costs will range from $162 billion to $367 billion in [...]

  • People Born Early May Have These Personality Traits in Common

    Adults who were severely underweight at birth or who were born very prematurely may be more likely to be introverted, neurotic and afraid to take risks, a new European study suggests.

  • Hormone Linked to Social Difficulties With Autism, Early Study Finds

    By Tara HaelleHealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, July 22, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Low levels of a certain hormone may play a role in the social difficulties that children with autism spectrum disorders experience, new research suggests. Vasopressin, a hormone that helps regulate blood pressure, may play a role in social behavior, according to Karen Parker, a co-author of [...]

  • Dad’s Involvement With Autistic Child Helps Mom, Too

    FRIDAY, July 17, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Involved parenting by the father of an autistic child improves the mother’s mental health, a new study finds. Researchers looked at the families of 50 children with autism. They found that when fathers took an active role in parenting during infancy, it benefited both the child’s development and the [...]

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