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  1. Key Brain 'Networks' May Differ in Autism

    By Kathleen Doheny HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, April 16, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Differences in brain connectivity may help explain the social impairments common in those who have autism spectrum disorders, new research suggests. The small study compared the brains of 25 teens with an autism spec

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  2. Study Ties Antidepressant Use in Pregnancy to Autism Risk in Boys

    By Serena Gordon HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, April 14, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Boys with autism were three times more likely to have been exposed to antidepressants known as SSRIs in the womb than typically developing children, according to new research. The new study also found that boys whose moth

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  3. Could Dads' Obesity Raise Autism Risk for Kids?

    By Amy Norton HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, April 7, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Children born to obese fathers, but not obese mothers, may have a slightly higher risk of autism than kids with thinner dads, a large new study suggests. Researchers found that of nearly 93,000 Norwegian children they followe

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  4. U.S. Autism Estimates Rise by 30 Percent for Kids

    By Dennis Thompson HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, March 27, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- One in 68 American children is now diagnosed with autism or a related disorder, federal health officials reported Thursday. That's a 30 percent increase from just two years ago when the estimate was one in 88 children

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  5. More Signs Autism May Originate During Pregnancy

    By Amy Norton HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, March 26, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Children with autism show key "patches of disorganization" in the outer layers of the brain, according to a new study said to offer more evidence that the developmental disorder begins in the womb. Experts have long belie

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  6. Clues to Why Autism Strikes More Males

    By Mary Brophy Marcus HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, Feb. 27, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- A new DNA study begins to explain why girls are less likely than boys to have an autism spectrum disorder. It turns out that girls tend not to develop autism when only mild genetic abnormalities exist, the researche

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  7. Autism Costs Average $17,000 Yearly for Each Child

    By Amy Norton HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, Feb. 10, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- The cost of services for children with autism averages more than $17,000 per child each year -- with school systems footing much of the bill, a new U.S. study estimates. Researchers found that compared to kids without autism,

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  8. Challenge at Work May Ease Adults' Autism Symptoms

    By Barbara Bronson Gray HealthDay Reporter FRIDAY, Jan. 31, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- For adults with autism, having the chance to work somewhat independently may lead to a reduction in symptoms of the disorder, a new study suggests. The research puts new emphasis on the potential for adults with aut

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  9. Gov't Will Fund Tracking Devices for Autistic Kids

    Jan. 31, 2014 -- The U.S. government will pay for tracking devices worn by children with autism and other developmental disorders so they can be found if they go missing. The Justice Department grants will be available immediately, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder said at a congressional hearing We

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  10. New Autism Diagnosis Rules

    By Brenda Goodman HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, Jan. 22, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Stricter new criteria for autism may change how frequently the condition is diagnosed, a new study suggests. The study estimates that if the new diagnostic guidelines had been in place in 2008, they would have lowered

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