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Parents of Children With Autism Need Help, Too

July 22, 2014

By Dennis ThompsonHealthDay Reporter
TUESDAY, July 22, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Most therapies for autism focus on the child, but new research suggests the child’s stressed-out parents could benefit from treatments designed specifically for them.
Mothers of autistic children who took part in a coping skills program found they connected better with their child and felt less [...]

Common Genes Implicated in Autism Study

July 20, 2014

SUNDAY, July 20, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Most of the genetic risk for autism appears to come from common gene variants rather than spontaneous gene mutations, according to a new study.
Researchers compared about 3,000 people in Sweden with and without autism and found that about 52 percent of autism was linked to common gene variants [...]

Researchers Say They’ve Found New Clues to Autism

July 9, 2014

WEDNESDAY, July 9, 2014 (HealthDay News) — A genetic mutation that increases the risk for a certain form of autism and causes specific physical traits and symptoms has been identified by researchers.
The finding may eventually enable doctors to do pre-birth testing for the CHD8 gene mutation in order to identify babies who are at risk [...]

Another Study Shows That the Measles Vaccine Doesn’t Cause Autism

July 1, 2014

Parents worried about getting young children vaccinated against infectious diseases have fresh cause for reassurance, researchers say.

iPads May Help Boost Speaking Skills in Kids With Autism: Study

July 1, 2014

By Kathleen DohenyHealthDay Reporter
TUESDAY, July 1, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Adding access to a computer tablet to traditional therapy may help children with autism talk and interact more, new research suggests.
The study compared language and social communication treatment — with or without access to an iPad computer tablet — in 61 young children with an [...]

Adults With Asperger Syndrome May Have Higher Suicide Risk

June 24, 2014

TUESDAY, June 24, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Adults with the milder form of autism known as Asperger syndrome are much more likely to think about and attempt suicide than those in the general population, a new British study suggests.
The survey of 374 British adults with Asperger syndrome found that 66 percent reported having suicidal thoughts [...]

Mother’s Birthplace May Affect Autism Risk in Kids

June 24, 2014

By Kathleen DohenyHealthDay Reporter
TUESDAY, June 24, 2014 (HealthDay News) — A mother’s birthplace may affect her children’s risk of developing an autism spectrum disorder, according to new research.
Children of foreign-born black, Central and South American, Filipino and Vietnamese mothers were more likely to have an autism spectrum disorder (ASD) compared to children born to white [...]

Study Links Pesticide Exposure During Pregnancy to Autism Risk in Kids

June 23, 2014

Pregnant women who live within a mile of spaces where commercial pesticides are applied appear to have an increased risk of having a child with autism, a new study suggests.

Parents of a Child With Autism Often Forgo Further Childbearing: Study

June 18, 2014

WEDNESDAY, June 18, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Couples who have a child with autism are much less likely to have more children compared to other parents, a new study finds.
One expert wasn’t surprised by the finding.
“Clearly, parenting a child with an autism spectrum disorder requires a huge commitment of time, energy and money; this [...]

Autism’s Costs Can Run Into Millions for One Person

June 9, 2014

By Dennis ThompsonHealthDay Reporter
MONDAY, June 9, 2014 (HealthDay News) — The lifetime cost of supporting just one person with autism can range from $1.4 million to $2.4 million, with factors as varied as lost wages, residential care and special education driving up expenses, a new study has found.
Medical care plays a role in pushing these [...]


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