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.
Children with autism may find the “unconditional” love of the family dog a real help, a small new study finds.
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 [...]
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 [...]
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.
By Amy NortonHealthDay Reporter MONDAY, April 7, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Children born to obese fathers, but not obese mothers, may have a slightly higher risk of autism than kids with thinner dads, a large new study suggests. Researchers found that of nearly 93,000 Norwegian children they followed, those born to obese dads had double the risk [...]