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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

  • Father’s Sperm May Hold Clues to Autism Risk

    WEDNESDAY, April 15, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Sperm may hold clues about whether a man’s children will be at increased risk for autism, a small study suggests. Autism spectrum disorder is a group of developmental problems that can cause significant social, communication and behavioral challenges, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The CDC [...]

  • Doctors Often Ignore Parents’ Concerns About Autism in Young Kids: Study

    WEDNESDAY, April 15, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Delays in diagnosing and treating autism often occur when doctors ignore parents’ concerns about their child’s early development, a new study suggests. A team led by Dr. Katharine Zuckerman, of Oregon Health and Science University in Portland, compared the medical records of more than 1,400 children with autism against [...]

  • Is Gestational Diabetes Linked to Autism?

    By Kathleen DohenyHealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, April 14, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Pregnancy-related diabetes may increase the risk a child will develop autism, new research suggests. The blood sugar disorder, known as gestational diabetes, was linked to a moderately increased risk for an autism spectrum disorder in a study of more than 320,000 U.S. children, said study researcher [...]

  • Brain Scans May Predict Language Skills in Kids With Autism

    By Tara HaelleHealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, April 9, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Sophisticated imaging tests could provide clues to how well a child with an autism spectrum disorder may develop language skills, possibly as early as when the child is just a year old, a new study suggests. “We discovered that at the very first signs of autism [...]

  • Autism Tied to Higher Risk for Gut Troubles in Children

    WEDNESDAY, March 25, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Children with autism tend to have more gastrointestinal problems early in life compared to other children, a new study finds. Researchers compared these GI symptoms — such as diarrhea, constipation and food allergy/intolerance — during the first three years of life among three groups of Norwegian children. One group [...]

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