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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

  • Discovery of 100-Plus Genes Tied to Autism May Improve Treatments

    By Tara HaelleHealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, Oct. 29, 2014 (HealthDay News) — More than 100 genes have been identified that appear linked to autism spectrum disorders, two new studies report. And researchers say they are on their way to discovering up to 1,000 genes overall that may contribute to the disorder. Autism spectrum disorders include a range of developmental [...]

  • More Clues to Spotting Autism in Siblings of Those With Disorder

    TUESDAY, Oct. 28, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Brothers and sisters of children with autism can show signs of the disorder as early as 18 months of age, a new study says. About 20 percent of younger siblings of children with autism will be diagnosed with autism by age 3, the Yale University researchers said. Their study included [...]

  • Could Air Pollutants Raise a Child’s Autism Risk?

    By Steven ReinbergHealthDay Reporter FRIDAY, Oct. 24, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Children exposed to two air toxins — chromium and styrene — while in the womb and during the first two years of life may have increased odds of developing autism, according to a new study. Prenatal and early exposure to the highest amounts of chromium, a [...]

  • Broccoli Compound Shows Promise for Autism Symptoms in Small Study

    By Amy NortonHealthDay Reporter MONDAY, Oct. 13, 2014 (HealthDay News) — A compound extracted from broccoli sprouts may improve some social and behavioral problems that affect people with autism, a new study suggests. The study was short-term and small, including just over 40 teenage boys and young men with autism. And experts stressed that no one is [...]

  • Kids With Autism Tend to Be Less Active, Study Says

    WEDNESDAY, Oct. 1, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Children with autism are more sedentary than those without the disorder, but they’re fully capable of being more active, a small study suggests. Researchers tested the fitness and activity levels of 29 children, some with autism and some without. Children with autism averaged 50 fewer minutes per day of [...]

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