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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 [...]

Spacing Between Sibling Births Tied to Autism Risk in Study

September 30, 2014

TUESDAY, Sept. 30, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Children conceived either less than one year or more than five years after the birth of a sibling could be at increased risk for autism, a new study suggests.
However, both the study’s lead author and an outside expert agree that the research can’t prove that birth spacing has [...]

Boys With Autism Show Certain Grammar Skills in Study

September 25, 2014

THURSDAY, Sept. 25, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Boys with high-functioning autism are stronger in a certain grammar skill than those without autism, according to a small study.
Researchers compared 20 boys, ages 7 to 13, with high-functioning autism and 25 boys without autism. They found that those with autism were much faster at producing past tenses [...]

Brainwaves May Help Gauge Autism Severity: Study

September 22, 2014

By Tara HaelleHealthDay Reporter
MONDAY, Sept. 22, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Measuring how quickly a child’s brain processes sounds might help identify the severity of autism, according to a new study.
Observing children’s brainwaves may also allow identification of autism earlier than is currently possible, the study authors reported.
“The finding that the brain’s response to certain types [...]

Could Low Iron Intake During Pregnancy Raise Autism Risk?

September 22, 2014

By Barbara Bronson GrayHealthDay Reporter
MONDAY, Sept. 22, 2014 (HealthDay News) — It’s something every pregnant woman wonders: What can I do to help ensure a healthy baby?
New research suggests that taking iron supplements as prescribed may play a role in reducing the risk of having a child with autism spectrum disorder (ASD).
The researchers found that [...]

Estrogen Receptor May Play a Role in Autism

September 11, 2014

THURSDAY, Sept. 11, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Significantly lower levels of a key estrogen receptor may play a role in autism spectrum disorders, according to a new study.
This link between autism and sex hormones could help explain why the condition is about four times more common among men than women, the researchers noted.
“Our study [...]

Spotting, Treating Autism Symptoms in Infancy May Prevent Developmental Delays

September 9, 2014

Among infants as young as 6 months old who exhibited symptoms of autism, therapy provided by parents seemed to prevent developmental delays by age 3 in most of the tots, a small new study suggests.

Do Antidepressants in Pregnancy Raise Risks for Mental Woes in Kids?

August 27, 2014

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 27, 2014 (HealthDay News) — There’s been controversy for years over whether the use of common antidepressants by women during their pregnancies might raise the odds of mental health issues in their children.
Now, a study involving more than 13,000 children finds no rise in the risk of autism in children whose mothers [...]

Kids With Autism Have Extra Brain Connections, Study Says

August 21, 2014

THURSDAY, Aug. 21, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Researchers report that children with autism appear to have excess synapses — cellular connections — in their brains compared with typical children.
The scientists also believe it might be possible to reduce the number of extra synapses through drug treatment.
Synapses are the points in the brain where brain cells [...]


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