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Could Air Pollutants Raise a Child’s Autism Risk?

October 24, 2014

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

October 13, 2014

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

October 1, 2014

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

September 30, 2014

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

September 25, 2014

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 [...]

Brainwaves May Help Gauge Autism Severity: Study

September 22, 2014

By Tara HaelleHealthDay Reporter
MONDAY, Sept. 22, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Measuring how quickly a child’s brain processes sounds might help identify the severity of autism, according to a new study.
Observing children’s brainwaves may also allow identification of autism earlier than is currently possible, the study authors reported.
“The finding that the brain’s response to certain types [...]

Could Low Iron Intake During Pregnancy Raise Autism Risk?

September 22, 2014

By Barbara Bronson GrayHealthDay Reporter
MONDAY, Sept. 22, 2014 (HealthDay News) — It’s something every pregnant woman wonders: What can I do to help ensure a healthy baby?
New research suggests that taking iron supplements as prescribed may play a role in reducing the risk of having a child with autism spectrum disorder (ASD).
The researchers found that [...]

Estrogen Receptor May Play a Role in Autism

September 11, 2014

THURSDAY, Sept. 11, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Significantly lower levels of a key estrogen receptor may play a role in autism spectrum disorders, according to a new study.
This link between autism and sex hormones could help explain why the condition is about four times more common among men than women, the researchers noted.
“Our study [...]

Spotting, Treating Autism Symptoms in Infancy May Prevent Developmental Delays

September 9, 2014

Among infants as young as 6 months old who exhibited symptoms of autism, therapy provided by parents seemed to prevent developmental delays by age 3 in most of the tots, a small new study suggests.

Do Antidepressants in Pregnancy Raise Risks for Mental Woes in Kids?

August 27, 2014

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 27, 2014 (HealthDay News) — There’s been controversy for years over whether the use of common antidepressants by women during their pregnancies might raise the odds of mental health issues in their children.
Now, a study involving more than 13,000 children finds no rise in the risk of autism in children whose mothers [...]


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