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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

  • Could Air Pollutants Raise a Child’s Autism Risk?

    By Steven ReinbergHealthDay Reporter FRIDAY, Oct. 24, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Children exposed to two air toxins — chromium and styrene — while in the womb and during the first two years of life may have increased odds of developing autism, according to a new study. Prenatal and early exposure to the highest amounts of chromium, a [...]

  • Broccoli Compound Shows Promise for Autism Symptoms in Small Study

    By Amy NortonHealthDay Reporter MONDAY, Oct. 13, 2014 (HealthDay News) — A compound extracted from broccoli sprouts may improve some social and behavioral problems that affect people with autism, a new study suggests. The study was short-term and small, including just over 40 teenage boys and young men with autism. And experts stressed that no one is [...]

  • Kids With Autism Tend to Be Less Active, Study Says

    WEDNESDAY, Oct. 1, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Children with autism are more sedentary than those without the disorder, but they’re fully capable of being more active, a small study suggests. Researchers tested the fitness and activity levels of 29 children, some with autism and some without. Children with autism averaged 50 fewer minutes per day of [...]

  • Spacing Between Sibling Births Tied to Autism Risk in Study

    TUESDAY, Sept. 30, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Children conceived either less than one year or more than five years after the birth of a sibling could be at increased risk for autism, a new study suggests. However, both the study’s lead author and an outside expert agree that the research can’t prove that birth spacing has [...]

  • Boys With Autism Show Certain Grammar Skills in Study

    THURSDAY, Sept. 25, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Boys with high-functioning autism are stronger in a certain grammar skill than those without autism, according to a small study. Researchers compared 20 boys, ages 7 to 13, with high-functioning autism and 25 boys without autism. They found that those with autism were much faster at producing past tenses [...]

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