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Animals May Ease Social Anxiety in Children With Autism

May 22, 2015

FRIDAY, May 22, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Being around animals may help reduce social anxiety in children with autism, new research suggests.
The findings could lead to new treatment approaches that use pets such as dogs, cats and guinea pigs to help children with autism improve their social skills and interactions with other people, the researchers […]


Learning Daily Skills Prepares Kids With Autism for Adult Life

May 14, 2015

By Alan MozesHealthDay Reporter
THURSDAY, May 14, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Adults with autism have a better chance of finding and keeping a job if they can effectively perform basic daily tasks, such as bathing, brushing their teeth, cleaning and preparing meals, new research reveals.
Investigators found that having strong self-care skills appears to be a more […]


Adults With Autism Fare Poorly in Job Interviews, Study Finds

May 14, 2015

By Alan MozesHealthDay Reporter
THURSDAY, May 14, 2015 (HealthDay News) — “High-functioning” adults with autism may face significant communication challenges that could make landing a job difficult, new research from Canada suggests.
The finding is based on an audio-analysis that examined the conversational skills of the adults as they embarked on a series of job interviews.
“Our work […]


Adults With Autism Fare Poorly in Job Interviews, Study Finds

May 14, 2015

By Alan MozesHealthDay Reporter
THURSDAY, May 14, 2015 (HealthDay News) — “High-functioning” adults with autism may face significant communication challenges that could make landing a job difficult, new research from Canada suggests.
The finding is based on an audio-analysis that examined the conversational skills of the adults as they embarked on a series of job interviews.
“Our work […]


Common Sports, Hobbies Often Popular Among People With Autism

May 13, 2015

WEDNESDAY, May 13, 2015 (HealthDay News) — The stereotype of a person with autism often includes a “hobby” focusing on a highly specialized, obsessive activity.
But a new study finds that — just as in typically developed people — people with autism often love sports, books or just watching TV.
“Adults with an autism spectrum disorder […]


Girls With Autism Fare Worse Than Boys, Study Finds

May 13, 2015

By Maureen SalamonHealthDay Reporter
WEDNESDAY, May 13, 2015 (HealthDay News) — While girls are far less likely than boys to be diagnosed with autism, girls with the developmental disorder show more impairments compared to their healthy female peers than comparable sets of boys do, new research suggests.
Scientists from the University of California Davis MIND Institute contend […]


Autism May Differ in Brains of Boys and Girls

May 13, 2015

By Alan MozesHealthDay Reporter
WEDNESDAY, May 13, 2015 (HealthDay News) — A new imaging study of preschoolers has seemingly identified gender differences in the way autism may manifest itself in the brain.
“This research adds to a growing body of evidence that there are differences between boys and girls with autism,” said study lead author Christine Wu […]


Moms’ Pre-Pregnancy Obesity Tied to ADHD, Other Issues in Kids

May 1, 2015

By Amy NortonHealthDay Reporter
FRIDAY, May 1, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Children whose mothers were very obese going into pregnancy may face an increased risk of emotional and behavioral problems, a new study suggests.
Researchers at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that when moms were severely obese before pregnancy, their kids were more […]


Milder Autism Typically Diagnosed Later in Girls

April 28, 2015

By Dennis ThompsonHealthDay Reporter
TUESDAY, April 28, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Girls on the milder end of the autism spectrum tend to be diagnosed at a later age than boys, possibly because their symptoms are less severe, a new study has found.
Doctors diagnosed girls with Asperger’s syndrome and pervasive developmental disorder months later than boys who […]


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.



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