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Autistic children often have trouble sleeping. Melatonin may help, study says

Laura Dattaro | 
Melatonin is safe for long-term use in autistic children who have difficulty sleeping, according to a new study. The study ...
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‘One piece of the puzzle’: Exploring differences in medical care for black and white children with autism

Peter Hess | 
Black children with autism who are hospitalized for psychiatric problems are more impaired than their white peers, according to a ...
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People with autism show significant increases in IQ as they mature, but development issues remain

Peter Hess | 
People with autism show significant improvements in cognitive ability from age 12 to 23 years, but their autism traits remain ...
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How repetitive movements help autistic people cope with anxiety

Sarah Deweerdt | 
Typical infants and toddlers may kick their legs repeatedly, rock back and forth while playing or flap their hands in ...
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Why are older parents more likely to have children with autism?

Sarah Deweerdt | 
Older men and women are more likely than young ones to have a child with autism, according to multiple studies ...
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People with autism more likely to experience headaches and epilepsy

Laura Dattaro | 
People with autism have more brain-related health problems, such as headaches and epilepsy, than typical people do, according to a ...
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Autism may not ‘hardwired by genetics’, with severity shaped by early life experiences, claims researchers in yet unpublished study

Jessica Wright | 
A child’s environment exerts a strong influence on the severity of her autism, according to a study of 78 pairs ...
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Sperm test could predict odds of fathering child with autism

Nicholette Zeliadt | 
Some men who have an autistic child carry mutations linked to the condition only in their sperm, according to a ...
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Why we’re seeing more cases of autoimmune disorder PANDAS—if it even exists

Brendan Borrell | 
In 1998, Susan Swedo, then a pediatrician at the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH), first proposed PANDAS to explain ...
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Autism may share genetic links to schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, depression and other psychiatric disorders

Nicholette Zeliadt | 
Some of the inherited variants implicated in autism also increase the odds of other conditions, including schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, depression ...
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Sex-linked mutations point to need for closer look at causes of autism in women, study suggests

Lauren Schenkman | 
Autism may stem from a different — and larger — set of genetic mutations in women than it does in ...
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Children showing signs of autism should be treated before diagnosis is confirmed, under new guidelines

Peter Hess | 
Pediatricians should start treating children who show signs of autism even before tests confirm a diagnosis, according to the newest ...
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Adults with autism are twice as likely to suffer from anxiety

Jaclyn Jeffrey-Wilensky | 
Adults with autism are more than twice as likely as neurotypical people to be diagnosed with an anxiety disorder, a ...
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Children with autism are twice as likely to suffer from chronic pain

Jaclyn Jeffrey-Wilensky | 
Children with autism are about twice as likely as their typical peers to experience chronic or repeated pain, according to ...
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Privacy concerns: Mental health apps may be selling your data to third parties, including Google, Facebook

Peter Hess | 
Apps spell big business in the healthcare industry: Dozens of apps are marketed to people with conditions including depression, anxiety ...
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Blood test for autism? Discovery of ‘distinctive pattern’ in white cells may make it possible

Lauren Schenkman | 
Researchers have identified a distinctive pattern of gene expression in the white blood cells of young autistic boys. The discovery ...
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Can CBD treat autism, epilepsy? Growing body of evidence suggests it may be possible

Bahar Gholipour | 
A single dose of cannabidiol, a component of marijuana, eases seizures and improves learning and sociability in mice with mutations ...
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Should we be more careful with our genetic data? ‘People don’t understand what can actually be done with this information’

Emily Anthes | 
People in the United States view certain personal information, such as their social security number and the content of their ...
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Baby brain wave patterns may offer early predictor of autism

Nicole Wetsman | 
Brain activity patterns in the first year of life may predict autism in infants at high risk for the condition, ...
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Are there subtypes of autism? Language regression study supports controversial hypothesis

Tara Santora | 
Autistic children who lose words reach key milestones earlier than autistic children without language regression, according to a new study ...
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Genetic registry SPARK scores first victory by pinpointing new autism-linked genes

Nicholette Zeliadt | 
An analysis of genetic sequences from nearly 500 people with autism and their relatives has linked 13 new genes to ...
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60% of children with autism missed by this widely used screening tool

Lauren Schenkman | 
The most widely used screening tool for autism misses a large proportion of toddlers who are later diagnosed with the ...
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Examining toddlers’ brain waves may offer early diagnosis of autism

Emily Anthes | 
Certain patterns of electrical activity in the brain may signal autism in children with tuberous sclerosis complex (TSC), a related genetic condition ...
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‘Wearable sensors’ could provide early warning system for aggressive autism traits

Nicholette Zeliadt | 
In one corner of the classroom, rocking back and forth, sits Julio, 16. Julio was not always aggressive. He was ...
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Viewpoint: There’s a problem with autism studies. They rarely use the same set of tools to measure results.

Jyoti Madhusoodanan | 
Clinical trials of autism treatments rarely use a consistent set of tools to measure efficacy, a new study suggests. Instead, ...
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Early speech exposure could boost language skills for kids with autism

Alla Katsnelson | 
The more words autistic children hear as infants — and the more verbal interactions they have with their caregivers — ...
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‘Grave set of circumstances’: Investigating connection between autism and depression

Cheryl Weinstock | 
[People with autism] are four times more likely than neurotypicals to experience depression over the course of their lives, although ...
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Experimental ‘preemptive’ therapy fails to improve autism traits in study

Nicholette Zeliadt | 
An experimental behavioral therapy delivered by parents does not improve autism traits in babies who screen positive for the condition, ...