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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 […]

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 […]


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