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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.

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  • Measles Outbreak May Have Swayed Some Parents on Vaccines

    By Amy NortonHealthDay Reporter MONDAY, Feb. 8, 2016 (HealthDay News) — The measles outbreak that first began in California’s Disneyland last year may have changed some parents’ minds about childhood vaccinations, a new study suggests. Researchers found that parents with “high awareness” of the outbreak were more likely to voice confidence in vaccines, compared to parents who [...]

  • Autism Risk Is Higher When Mom Is Obese and Has Diabetes During Pregnancy

    Mothers-to-be who are both obese and diabetic have a higher risk of giving birth to a child with autism than healthy women, a new study suggests.

  • Genetically Modified Monkeys Might Aid Autism Research

    By Karen PallaritoHealthDay Reporter MONDAY, Jan. 25, 2016 (HealthDay News) — Chinese scientists report they’ve created monkeys that carry a gene linked to autism-like behaviors. The altered monkeys also produced offspring that inherited the human gene, according to research published online Jan. 25 in the journal Nature. The so-called “transgenic” monkeys provide a “very unique model for [...]

  • More Evidence Preterm Birth Could Raise Autism Risk

    By Amy NortonHealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, Jan. 21, 2016 (HealthDay News) — According to a new study, very premature infants may have an increased risk of being diagnosed with autism by age 4, although the research questions just how high the odds are. The Australian study, published online Jan. 21 in Pediatrics, found that just under 2 percent [...]

  • Prenatal Exposure to Asthma Drug May Increase Autism Risk

    Children whose mothers took certain asthma drugs during pregnancy may have a slightly increased risk of autism, a new study suggests.

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