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How the Family Dog Can Help Kids With Autism

April 16, 2014

Children with autism may find the “unconditional” love of the family dog a real help, a small new study finds.


Apathy Might Signal Brain Shrinkage in Old Age: Study

April 16, 2014

By Amy NortonHealthDay Reporter
WEDNESDAY, April 16, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Older adults who show signs of apathy tend to have a smaller brain volume than their peers with more vim and vigor, a new study suggests.
Researchers found that of more than 4,300 older adults, those with at least two symptoms of apathy had slightly less [...]


Key Brain ‘Networks’ May Differ in Autism, Study Suggests

April 16, 2014

By Kathleen DohenyHealthDay Reporter
WEDNESDAY, April 16, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Differences in brain connectivity may help explain the social impairments common in those who have autism spectrum disorders, new research suggests.
The small study compared the brains of 25 teens with an autism spectrum disorder to those of 25 typically developing teens, all aged 11 to [...]


Antidepressant Use in Pregnancy Tied to Autism Risk in Boys

April 14, 2014

Boys with autism were three times more likely to have been exposed to antidepressants known as SSRIs in the womb than typically developing children, according to new research.


Could Dads’ Obesity Raise Autism Risk for Kids?

April 7, 2014

By Amy NortonHealthDay Reporter
MONDAY, April 7, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Children born to obese fathers, but not obese mothers, may have a slightly higher risk of autism than kids with thinner dads, a large new study suggests.
Researchers found that of nearly 93,000 Norwegian children they followed, those born to obese dads had double the risk [...]


Autism Estimates Rise by 30% for U.S. Children

March 27, 2014

One in 68 American children is now diagnosed with autism or a related disorder, federal health officials reported Thursday. That’s a 30 percent increase from just two years ago when the estimate was one in 88 children.


More Signs Autism May Originate During Pregnancy

March 26, 2014

By Amy NortonHealthDay Reporter
WEDNESDAY, March 26, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Children with autism show key “patches of disorganization” in the outer layers of the brain, according to a new study said to offer more evidence that the developmental disorder begins in the womb.
Experts have long believed autism involves disruptions in typical brain development, going back [...]


More Evidence That Environmental Exposures Contribute to Autism

March 17, 2014

A large U.S. study suggests environmental pollution might be contributing to autism risk, although the specific culprit toxins remain unknown.


Science Probes Secrets of ‘Contagious Yawning’

March 14, 2014

FRIDAY, March 14, 2014 (HealthDay News) — If watching other people yawn makes you yawn in response, don’t chalk it up to empathy.
A new study challenges the supposed link between “contagious” yawning and being on the same emotional wavelength.
Contagious yawning is well documented and occurs in response to seeing, thinking or hearing about yawning. It’s [...]


Autism, ADHD Tied to Gender Concerns in Some Kids: Study

March 12, 2014

WEDNESDAY, March 12, 2014 (HealthDay News) — The desire to be another gender appears to be more common among children with autism or attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), according to a new study.
Researchers looked at children aged 6 to 18 and found that gender identity issues were about 7.6 times more common in those with an autism [...]



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