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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 […]


Brain Inflammation a Hallmark of Autism, Study Shows

December 10, 2014

WEDNESDAY, Dec. 10, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Brain inflammation, triggered by an overactive immune system, is common among people with autism, a new study finds.
However, this inflammation does not cause the developmental disorder. Rather, it’s a response to the different factors that can trigger autism, the researchers stressed.
Their findings are based on autopsies performed on […]


Holidays Can Be Sensory Overload for Kids With Autism

November 23, 2014

SUNDAY, Nov. 23, 2014 (HealthDay News) — The holidays can be a challenge for families of children with autism because sensory overload can trigger major meltdowns, an expert says.
“Holidays with family can be dicey under the best of circumstances, but when you have children with special needs, some care must be taken,” Varleisha Gibbs, an […]


Minority Kids May Be Missed in Autism Diagnoses: Study

November 10, 2014

MONDAY, Nov. 10, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Black and Hispanic students are less likely to be identified as having autism than white students, a new study reveals.
Researchers analyzed autism identification rates at schools across the United States between 2000 and 2007. These rates reflect how many students have been identified by schools — not necessarily […]


Better Detection, Diagnosis Major Factors Behind Rise in Autism Cases: Study

November 3, 2014

By Steven ReinbergHealthDay Reporter
MONDAY, Nov. 3, 2014 (HealthDay News) — The dramatic increase in the number of children diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder is largely the result of changes in how the condition is reported, Danish researchers contend.
At least in Denmark, the researchers say, most of the increase — 60 percent — can be […]


Discovery of 100-Plus Genes Tied to Autism May Improve Treatments

October 29, 2014

By Tara HaelleHealthDay Reporter
WEDNESDAY, Oct. 29, 2014 (HealthDay News) — More than 100 genes have been identified that appear linked to autism spectrum disorders, two new studies report.
And researchers say they are on their way to discovering up to 1,000 genes overall that may contribute to the disorder.
Autism spectrum disorders include a range of developmental […]


More Clues to Spotting Autism in Siblings of Those With Disorder

October 28, 2014

TUESDAY, Oct. 28, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Brothers and sisters of children with autism can show signs of the disorder as early as 18 months of age, a new study says.
About 20 percent of younger siblings of children with autism will be diagnosed with autism by age 3, the Yale University researchers said.
Their study included […]


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 […]



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