Induced Labor Won’t Raise Autism Risk in Kids, Research Suggests

July 25, 2016

MONDAY, July 25, 2016 (HealthDay News) — Inducing labor won’t raise a pregnant woman’s risk of having a child with autism, a new study suggests.
“These findings should provide reassurance to women who are about to give birth, that having their labor induced will not increase their child’s risk of developing autism spectrum disorders,” said senior […]

Insurance Mandates Boost U.S. Autism Diagnoses

July 11, 2016

MONDAY, July 11, 2016 (HealthDay News) — More U.S. children are getting diagnosed and treated for autism in states that require commercial health insurers to cover these services, a new study finds.
But countless more kids with undiagnosed autism spectrum disorder still aren’t receiving needed medical attention, said researchers from the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School […]

Does Too Much Folic Acid in Pregnancy Increase Autism Risk?

May 12, 2016

A new study suggests that excessive amounts of folate (vitamin B9) and vitamin B12 in a mother’s body might increase a baby’s risk of developing an autism spectrum disorder.

Baby’s Immune System Might Hint at Autism Risk

May 11, 2016

WEDNESDAY, May 11, 2016 (HealthDay News) — While the origins of autism remain mysterious, new research points to the infant immune system as a potential contributing factor.
A team of Swedish and American researchers said levels of certain protein “markers” in newborns’ blood seemed to predict which children would go on to develop an autism spectrum […]

Kids With Autism Do Well Learning New Words: Study

May 10, 2016

TUESDAY, May 10, 2016 (HealthDay News) — Children with autism learn new words the same way as other children do, but it takes them longer, a small study found.
The researchers compared 15 children with autism, aged 18 months to 7 years, and a control group of 15 children without the developmental disorder.
A series of tests […]

Training Program for Those With Autism Often Results in Low-Paying Jobs: Study

May 3, 2016

TUESDAY, May 3, 2016 (HealthDay News) — While a U.S. government-funded job training program for people with autism has a high success rate, many who get jobs earn well below the federal poverty line, a new study finds.
“We found that over half of the people with autism who used Vocational Rehabilitation services got jobs,” said […]

Autism Diagnosed at Younger Ages

April 30, 2016

SATURDAY, April 30, 2016 (HealthDay News) — Children are being diagnosed with autism at younger ages since the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) made changes to their diagnosis guidelines in 2007, a new study says.
The AAP guidelines now advise doctors to screen all children for autism during well-child visits when children are 18 months and […]

‘Wandering’ a Hazard for More Than a Third of Kids With Autism

April 30, 2016

SATURDAY, April 30, 2016 (HealthDay News) — Discovering that a child with autism has wandered away from the safety of home would be a terrifying moment for any parent.
Now, a new study reports that one-third of children on the autism spectrum engage in wandering behaviors.
“Wandering places children with autism spectrum disorders at risk of serious […]

Study Suggests Aerial Pesticide Spraying Tied to Higher Autism Rates

April 30, 2016

By Amy NortonHealthDay Reporter
SATURDAY, April 30, 2016 (HealthDay News) — Children living in an area of New York state that uses aerial pesticides to control mosquitoes have a higher rate of autism than children in neighboring areas, a new study finds.
Researchers found that children living in a swampy region in central New York were 25 […]

Tracking Kids’ Eye Movements Might Shed New Light on Autism

April 8, 2016

FRIDAY, April 8, 2016 (HealthDay News) — New findings about where children with autism look during conversations could lead to changes in treatment programs, researchers say.
The researchers used special technology to monitor the eye movements of 18 children with autism between the ages of 6 and 12, and 19 children without the developmental disorder.
The researchers […]


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