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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

  • CDC: Child Autism Rate Now 1 in 45 After Survey Method Changes

    By Tara HaelleHealthDay Reporter FRIDAY, Nov. 13, 2015 (HealthDay News) — About one in 45 children has an autism spectrum disorder, according to a new U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention survey of parents. This apparent increase is likely due to a change of questions parents were asked about their child, the study authors said. “Probably the [...]

  • Weight Gain a Challenge for Children With Autism: Study

    By Tara HaelleHealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, Nov. 3, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Children with autism may have a greater risk of obesity, with weight differences seen as early as preschool, a new study reveals. “A lot of things are happening for these families when their children are under 5, including going through the process of getting a diagnosis [...]

  • Oxytocin ‘Love Hormone’ Nasal Spray Shows Promise in Kids With Autism

    TUESDAY, Oct. 27, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Oxytocin, the so-called “love hormone,” may help improve social skills in autistic children, a small new Australian study suggests. “The potential to use such simple treatments to enhance the longer-term benefits of other behavioral, educational and technology-based therapies is very exciting,” study co-author Ian Hickie, co-director of the [...]

  • Scientists Explore Role of ‘Love Hormone’ in Boosting Social Ties

    MONDAY, Oct. 26, 2015 (HealthDay News) — The so-called “love hormone” oxytocin may enhance social interactions by triggering production of a marijuana-like molecule in the brain, a new study in mice suggests. This molecule, anandamide, activates certain receptors in brain cells, resulting in increased motivation and happiness, the researchers explained. THC — the active ingredient in [...]

  • Though Rare, Some Disabilities Seen Long After Newborn Heart Surgery

    By Tara HaelleHealthDay Reporter MONDAY, Sept. 21, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Some newborns who undergo complex heart surgery may be more likely to have neurological or motor disabilities — such as cerebral palsy — as they grow older, a new study suggests. However, one pediatric surgeon not involved with the study said such complications were relatively rare. The [...]

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