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‘Play’ May Be More Stressful for Kids With Autism: Study

February 13, 2015

By Tara HaelleHealthDay Reporter
FRIDAY, Feb. 13, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Children with autism appear to approach play differently than typically developing children, a recent study contends.
“Children with autism lack a social component to their play and don’t ‘adjust’ their play accordingly when another is involved,” said study co-author Blythe Corbett, an associate professor of psychiatry […]


Program for 1-Year-Olds Tries to Lessen Autism’s Impact

February 6, 2015

FRIDAY, Feb. 6, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Parents of 1-year-olds who appear to be at risk for autism can take simple steps to help them improve, a new study says.
Researchers identified 18 families with 1-year-old children with possible signs of autism. At this age, full-blown symptoms of autism are not yet evident, the researchers explained.
Children […]


Some Kids With Autism Show Improvement by Age 6: Study

January 28, 2015

By Kathleen DohenyHealthDay Reporter
WEDNESDAY, Jan. 28, 2015 (HealthDay News) — More than 10 percent of preschool-age children diagnosed with autism saw some improvement in their symptoms by age 6. And 20 percent of the children made some gains in everyday functioning, a new study found.
Canadian researchers followed 421 children from diagnosis (between ages 2 and […]


Autism Genes Vary, Even in Affected Siblings, Study Finds

January 26, 2015

By Dennis ThompsonHealthDay Reporter
MONDAY, Jan. 26, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Siblings who share a diagnosis of autism often don’t share the same autism-linked genes, according to a new study.
Researchers previously have identified more than 100 genetic mutations that can make a person more susceptible to an autism spectrum disorder, said senior author Dr. Stephen Scherer, […]


Study Hints That ‘Video Feedback’ Therapy May Help Curb Autism

January 22, 2015

THURSDAY, Jan. 22, 2015 (HealthDay News) — A therapy involving “video feedback” — where parents watch videos of their interactions with their baby — might help prevent infants at risk for autism from developing the disorder, a new study suggests.
The research involved 54 families of babies who were at increased risk for autism because they […]


Those With Autism May Have Unique Brain Connections, Study Shows

January 19, 2015

MONDAY, Jan. 19, 2015 (HealthDay News) — People with autism may have brain connections that are uniquely their own, a new study suggests.
Previous research has found either over- or under-synchronization between different areas of the brains of people with autism, when compared to those without the disorder. The authors of the new study said those […]


Autism Signs May Be Missed in Short Checkups

January 12, 2015

By Tara HaelleHealthDay Reporter
MONDAY, Jan. 12, 2015 (HealthDay News) — The 10 to 20 minutes of a typical well-child visit isn’t enough time to reliably detect a young child’s risk of autism, a new study suggests.
“When decisions about autism referral are made based on brief observations alone, there is a substantial risk that even experts […]


Can Pets Help Boost Social Skills for Kids With Autism?

January 5, 2015

By Tara HaelleHealthDay Reporter
MONDAY, Jan. 5, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Owning a pet may play a role in social skills development for some children with autism, a new study suggests.
The findings are among the first to investigate possible links between pets and social skills in kids with an autism spectrum disorder — a group of […]


Different Gene Mutations May Determine Severity, Type of Autism

December 22, 2014

MONDAY, Dec. 22, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Different types of gene mutations may play a role in the severity and type of autism, new research suggests.
The findings could lead to improved diagnosis and treatments for the disorder, the researchers added.
No two people with autism have the exact type and severity of behaviors, according to background […]


Smog Exposure During Pregnancy Linked to Autism Risk

December 18, 2014

By Amy NortonHealthDay Reporter
THURSDAY, Dec. 18, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Children born to moms who were exposed to high levels of air pollution late in pregnancy may have an increased risk of developing autism, a U.S. study suggests.
Researchers found that of nearly 1,800 U.S. women who gave birth between 1990 and 2002, those exposed to […]



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