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Autism Tied to Higher Risk for Gut Troubles in Children

March 25, 2015

WEDNESDAY, March 25, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Children with autism tend to have more gastrointestinal problems early in life compared to other children, a new study finds.
Researchers compared these GI symptoms — such as diarrhea, constipation and food allergy/intolerance — during the first three years of life among three groups of Norwegian children. One group […]


Scientists Spot Gene Tied to Severe Autism in Girls

March 25, 2015

By Dennis ThompsonHealthDay Reporter
WEDNESDAY, March 25, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Researchers say they’ve discovered a new genetic cause of autism, singling out a rare gene mutation that appears to hamper normal brain development early on in powerful ways.
The gene, CTNND2, provides instructions for making a protein called delta-catenin, which plays crucial roles in the nervous […]


IVF Kids May Have Higher Odds of Autism, Study Finds

March 19, 2015

By Steven ReinbergHealthDay Reporter
THURSDAY, March 19, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Children conceived through assisted reproductive technology, such as in vitro fertilization, are twice as likely to have autism as those conceived without assistance, a new study finds. But researchers only found an association, which may be explained by multiple births and other risks, not the […]


Autism-Linked Genes May Be Tied to Slightly Higher IQ

March 12, 2015

THURSDAY, March 12, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Genes believed to increase the risk of autism may also be linked with higher intelligence, a new study suggests.
Researchers analyzed the DNA of nearly 10,000 people in Scotland and also tested their thinking abilities. On average, those who had genes associated with autism scored slightly higher on the […]


‘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 […]



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