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Another Study Finds No Link Between Measles Vaccine and Autism

April 21, 2015

Yet another study finds no evidence that the measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine raises the risk of autism—even among children who are at increased genetic risk.

Training Programs for Parents Tied to Better Behavior in Kids With Autism

April 21, 2015

By Tara HaelleHealthDay Reporter
TUESDAY, April 21, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Training programs for parents can help improve the behavior of children with autism, a new study suggests.
After six months of either parent training or parent education, the children’s behavior improved for parents in both groups, but the benefit was greater in the parent training group, […]

Many Young Adults With Autism Face Unemployment, Isolation

April 21, 2015

By Alan MozesHealthDay Reporter
TUESDAY, April 21, 2015 (HealthDay News) — As children with autism grow older, many approach adulthood without continued access to the kind of special needs services they routinely received as children, a new report warns.
The “National Autism Indicators Report: Transition into Young Adulthood” also reveals that such children may enter adulthood without […]

Father’s Sperm May Hold Clues to Autism Risk

April 15, 2015

WEDNESDAY, April 15, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Sperm may hold clues about whether a man’s children will be at increased risk for autism, a small study suggests.
Autism spectrum disorder is a group of developmental problems that can cause significant social, communication and behavioral challenges, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The CDC […]

Doctors Often Ignore Parents’ Concerns About Autism in Young Kids: Study

April 15, 2015

WEDNESDAY, April 15, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Delays in diagnosing and treating autism often occur when doctors ignore parents’ concerns about their child’s early development, a new study suggests.
A team led by Dr. Katharine Zuckerman, of Oregon Health and Science University in Portland, compared the medical records of more than 1,400 children with autism against […]

Is Gestational Diabetes Linked to Autism?

April 14, 2015

By Kathleen DohenyHealthDay Reporter
TUESDAY, April 14, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Pregnancy-related diabetes may increase the risk a child will develop autism, new research suggests.
The blood sugar disorder, known as gestational diabetes, was linked to a moderately increased risk for an autism spectrum disorder in a study of more than 320,000 U.S. children, said study researcher […]

Brain Scans May Predict Language Skills in Kids With Autism

April 9, 2015

By Tara HaelleHealthDay Reporter
THURSDAY, April 9, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Sophisticated imaging tests could provide clues to how well a child with an autism spectrum disorder may develop language skills, possibly as early as when the child is just a year old, a new study suggests.
“We discovered that at the very first signs of autism […]

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 […]


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