Autism

Early Autism Intervention Beneficial in At-Risk Kids

Early Autism Intervention Beneficial in At-Risk Kids

Infants at risk for autism do better if therapists train parents to communicate more effectively.

Autism Spectrum Disorder Linked to Sex-Based Cortical Thickness

Autism Spectrum Disorder Linked to Sex-Based Cortical Thickness

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Female participants with phenotypic male neuroanatomical features had an increased risk for autism spectrum disorder.

Early Autism Diagnosis Continues to Face Roadblocks

Early Autism Diagnosis Continues to Face Roadblocks

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Despite increased awareness, barriers to earlier diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder still persist.

Altering Gut Microbiome May Help Improve Autism Symptoms

Altering Gut Microbiome May Help Improve Autism Symptoms

An open-label study examined the effects of fecal microbiota transfer on symptoms of autism.

Autism Not Linked to Maternal Flu Infection, Vaccine

Autism Not Linked to Maternal Flu Infection, Vaccine

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Infection with the flu or receiving the flu vaccine during pregnancy was not linked to autism in offspring.

Autism and Risk of Substance Use Disorders

Autism and Risk of Substance Use Disorders

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A diagnosis of autism is associated with a doubled risk for a variety of substance use-related problems including drug and alcohol use disorders.

Autism Linked to Exposure to PCB Chemicals During Pregnancy

Autism Linked to Exposure to PCB Chemicals During Pregnancy

Although PCB chemicals were banned int he 1970s, they still linger in the environment.

Modified Checklist With Follow-Up Effective for Autism Diagnosis

Modified Checklist With Follow-Up Effective for Autism Diagnosis

Administration of the M-CHAT/F can be done by minimally trained PCPs.

Gender, Race Impact Familial Autism Risk

Gender, Race Impact Familial Autism Risk

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The rate of autism diagnosis was 11.3% for those with an older sibling with autism, and .92% for those without.

Hearing Impairment May Help Identify Autism Risk, Severity

Hearing Impairment May Help Identify Autism Risk, Severity

Children with autism had a hearing deficit within a specific frequency.

No Link Between Labor Induction and Autism, New Study Says

No Link Between Labor Induction and Autism, New Study Says

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The results are contrary to results from a prior large population study.

Olanzapine, Risperidone Tied to Weight Gain in Autism

Olanzapine, Risperidone Tied to Weight Gain in Autism

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Ziprasidone and quetiapine were not associated with an increase in BMI.

Despite Health Insurance Mandates, Autism Still Underdiagnosed

Despite Health Insurance Mandates, Autism Still Underdiagnosed

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The authors suggest that it's "perhaps not a fair direct comparison" to note that the CDC&P estimate of community prevalence for ASD is 15 per 1000 children.

Prevalence of Autism in Epilepsy Suggests Shared Etiology

Prevalence of Autism in Epilepsy Suggests Shared Etiology

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The results indicate a 10-fold increased risk of future ASD in patients with epilepsy

Weighing the Benefits of Risperidone in Autism Spectrum Disorder

Weighing the Benefits of Risperidone in Autism Spectrum Disorder

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Treatment with risperidone over a 6 month period was associated with an average weight gain of 5.4±3.4kg.

Rates of Epilepsy in Autism Quantified

Rates of Epilepsy in Autism Quantified

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Children with autism are known to have increased rates of epilepsy; however, many prior studies aimed to quantify these rates are small.

Remote Eye Tracking Could Effectively Measure Autism Risk

Remote Eye Tracking Could Effectively Measure Autism Risk

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Objective measures of autism symptom severity are necessary to accurately diagnose autism and measure the effectiveness of treatment interventions.

Remote Eye Tracking Could Effectively Measure Autism Risk

Remote Eye Tracking Could Effectively Measure Autism Risk

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Objective measures of autism symptom severity are necessary to accurately diagnose autism and measure the effectiveness of treatment interventions.

Autism Prevalence Unchanged, but Barriers to Evaluation, Diagnosis Still Exist

Autism Prevalence Unchanged, but Barriers to Evaluation, Diagnosis Still Exist

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Special education resources appear to play a significant role in the evaluation and diagnosis of ASD.

Autism Prevalence Unchanged, but Barriers to Evaluation, Diagnosis Still Exist

Autism Prevalence Unchanged, but Barriers to Evaluation, Diagnosis Still Exist

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Special education resources appear to play a significant role in the evaluation and diagnosis of ASD.

Autism May Raise Risk for Type 2 Diabetes

Autism May Raise Risk for Type 2 Diabetes

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Type 2 diabetes appears to be more common in adolescents with autism spectrum disorders.

Autism May Raise Risk for Type 2 Diabetes

Autism May Raise Risk for Type 2 Diabetes

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Type 2 diabetes appears to be more common in adolescents with autism spectrum disorders.

Autism Task Force Recommendation Challenged

Autism Task Force Recommendation Challenged

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Researchers have said that literature exists to support the idea that children should be screened as early as possible.

Maternal Obesity, Gestational Diabetes May Increase Risk of Autism

Maternal Obesity, Gestational Diabetes May Increase Risk of Autism

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Mothers who are both obese and have gestational diabetes have a significantly higher risk of having a child with autism spectrum disorder.

Maternal Obesity, Gestational Diabetes May Increase Risk of Autism

Maternal Obesity, Gestational Diabetes May Increase Risk of Autism

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Mothers who are both obese and have gestational diabetes have a significantly higher risk of having a child with autism spectrum disorder.

Pediatric Neurology Patients Use Alternative Medications for Sleep Disorders, Headache

Pediatric Neurology Patients Use Alternative Medications for Sleep Disorders, Headache

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The most commonly reported neurologic disorders being treated with CAM were headache and epilepsy. Use of CAM was reported by 41.6% of respondents.

Pediatric Neurology Patients Use Alternative Medications for Sleep Disorders, Headache

Pediatric Neurology Patients Use Alternative Medications for Sleep Disorders, Headache

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The most commonly reported neurologic disorders being treated with CAM were headache and epilepsy. Use of CAM was reported by 41.6% of respondents.

Autism Spectrum Disorder Associated with Higher Mortality Risk

Autism Spectrum Disorder Associated with Higher Mortality Risk

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Comorbid neurological and/or mental disorders contribute to increased mortality risk in ASD.

Autism Spectrum Disorder Associated with Higher Mortality Risk

Autism Spectrum Disorder Associated with Higher Mortality Risk

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Comorbid neurological and/or mental disorders contribute to increased mortality risk in ASD.

GABAergic Action Found to Play a Central Role in Autism

GABAergic Action Found to Play a Central Role in Autism

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Disturbances in the GABAergic signaling pathway may be the cause of the dysfunction in GABAergic activity.

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