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  1. These May Be Factors Behind Rise in Autism Cases

    By Steven Reinberg HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, Nov. 3, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- The dramatic increase in the number of children diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder is largely the result of changes in how the condition is reported, Danish researchers contend. At least in Denmark, the researcher

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  2. Could Air Pollutants Raise a Child's Autism Risk?

    By Steven Reinberg HealthDay Reporter FRIDAY, Oct. 24, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Children exposed to two air toxins -- chromium and styrene -- while in the womb and during the first two years of life may have increased odds of developing autism, according to a new study. Prenatal and early exposure t

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  3. Broccoli Shows Promise for Autism Symptoms

    By Amy Norton HealthDay 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 youn

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  4. Spacing Between Sibling Births Tied to Autism Risk

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter 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 a

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  5. Taking Action Early May Protect Against Autism

    Sept. 9, 2014 -- Kristin Hinson knows the signs of autism well. Her two older sons, Justin and Simon, both have the disorder. So when baby Noah didn't seem to be making much eye contact and wouldn't always respond when Hinson tried to play simple games like peek-a-boo, she feared that he, too, might

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  6. 'Love Hormone' Oxytocin May Help Some With Autism

    By Alan Mozes HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, July 29, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Treating certain adult autism patients with just a single dose of the hormone oxytocin quickly improved their ability to judge facial expressions and emotions, Japanese researchers report. Known as the "love hormone," oxytoc

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  7. Common Genes Implicated in Autism Study

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter 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

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  8. iPads May Help Kids With Autism: Study

    By Kathleen Doheny HealthDay 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 acc

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  9. Routine Ultrasounds May Detect Autism in Utero

    June 27, 2014 (London) -- Children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) may have more rapidly growing brains and bodies at the beginning of the second trimester than children without the disorder, new research suggests. A small study looking at ultrasound scans that checked for fetal defects showed t

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  10. Mother's Birthplace May Affect Autism Risk in Kids

    By Kathleen Doheny HealthDay 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

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