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Viewpoint: Should autism be treated as an illness that should be cured?

“Many of the greatest artists, actors, musicians, scientists, and entrepreneurs of all time were and are autistic. We all serve ...
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Viewpoint: Blacks raise questions about racial stereotyping of autism diagnoses and therapies

Part of the reason people are quick to stereotype me is that there is no research on middle-aged black women ...
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Certain autism behaviors and seizures might have a common origins

Early behavioral signs predict seizures in autistic children, according to a new study. Previous work has shown that 5 to ...
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Autism linked to eating disorders—but which comes first?

At least 20 percent of adults and 3 percent of children with eating disorders also have autism. But much of ...
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Environmental factors can’t be blamed for rising autism rates, study says

The relative contributions of genetic and environmental factors to autism and traits of the condition have held steady over multiple ...
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Early test for autism could be possible by measuring levels of the hormone vasopressin

Low levels of the hormone vasopressin in early infancy may presage an autism diagnosis in childhood, according to a new ...
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Autistic children struggle with emotional control. It’s even harder for girls, study says

Emotion control eludes more girls than boys with autism, according to a new study of young people hospitalized for psychiatric ...
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‘Profound consequences’: Autistic people unable to tune out distractions, study suggests

Autistic people have atypical activity in a part of the brain that regulates attention, according to a new study. The ...
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Biological marker for autism in babies could lead to earlier therapy and better development

A small study by researchers at Stanford University School of Medicine has identified a biological marker in the cerebrospinal fluid ...
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Infants with ‘insecure attachments’ to parents may be at higher risk of autism

Younger siblings of children with autism who have insecure attachments to their caregivers are more likely to be diagnosed with ...
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Early sleep problems for autistic children may predict repetitive behaviors later

Early sleep problems predict repetitive behaviors later in childhood. And toddlers who overreact or underreact to sensory stimuli have more ...
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Questioning the reliability of common autism screening tool

A short, widely used screening survey for autism called the Autism Spectrum Quotient – 10 items (AQ-10) may not be ...
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How America is neglecting its growing elderly autistic population

[E]merging research suggests that autistic adults are at high risk of a broad array of physical and mental health conditions, ...
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‘Socially clueless robots’? Debunking the myth that autistic people aren’t good at friendship

A number of myths about autistic people abound. For one, it's a great myth that autistic people lack empathy. This ...
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Autistic children often have trouble sleeping. Melatonin may help, study says

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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Once promising autism drug Abilify linked to heart problems, substantial weight gains

It has been 11 years since the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved aripiprazole for children with autism. The ...
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‘One piece of the puzzle’: Exploring differences in medical care for black and white children with autism

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

People with autism show significant improvements in cognitive ability from age 12 to 23 years, but their autism traits remain ...
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Irregularity in the brain’s ‘insulation’ may offer way to ‘prevent or even reverse’ autism symptoms

Scientists have found a clue to how autism spectrum disorder disrupts the brain's information highways. The problem involves cells that ...
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How repetitive movements help autistic people cope with anxiety

Typical infants and toddlers may kick their legs repeatedly, rock back and forth while playing or flap their hands in ...
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People with autism more likely to experience headaches and epilepsy

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

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

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

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

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

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

Pediatricians should start treating children who show signs of autism even before tests confirm a diagnosis, according to the newest ...
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Podcast: Vaccine expert Dr. Paul Offit explains the ‘dos and dont’s’ of battling scientific misinformation

Paul Offit has forged a second career as an influential spokesman for scientific thinking ...