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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

  • No Connection Between Induced Labor, Autism: Obgyns

    MONDAY, April 21, 2014 (HealthDay News) — There is no connection between inducing labor in childbirth and autism, according to a new statement released Monday by the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. Existing guidelines on when and how labor should be induced or accelerated should not be changed, because limiting labor inductions could have negative [...]

  • How the Family Dog Can Help Kids With Autism

    Children with autism may find the “unconditional” love of the family dog a real help, a small new study finds.

  • Apathy Might Signal Brain Shrinkage in Old Age: Study

    By Amy NortonHealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, April 16, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Older adults who show signs of apathy tend to have a smaller brain volume than their peers with more vim and vigor, a new study suggests. Researchers found that of more than 4,300 older adults, those with at least two symptoms of apathy had slightly less [...]

  • Key Brain ‘Networks’ May Differ in Autism, Study Suggests

    By Kathleen DohenyHealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, April 16, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Differences in brain connectivity may help explain the social impairments common in those who have autism spectrum disorders, new research suggests. The small study compared the brains of 25 teens with an autism spectrum disorder to those of 25 typically developing teens, all aged 11 to [...]

  • Antidepressant Use in Pregnancy Tied to Autism Risk in Boys

    Boys with autism were three times more likely to have been exposed to antidepressants known as SSRIs in the womb than typically developing children, according to new research.

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