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  1. Animals May Ease Anxiety in Children With Autism

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter 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

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  2. Preparing Kids With Autism for Adult Life

    By Alan Mozes HealthDay 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

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  3. Autism May Differ in Brains of Boys and Girls

    By Alan Mozes HealthDay 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 a

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  4. Girls With Autism Fare Worse Than Boys: Study

    By Maureen Salamon HealthDay 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 su

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  5. Young Adults With Autism: Unemployment, Isolation

    By Alan Mozes HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, April 21, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- As children with autism grow older, many approach adulthood without continued access to the kind of special needs services they routinely received as children, a new report warns. The "National Autism Indicators Report: Tra

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  6. Another Study Finds No Vaccine-Autism Link

    By Amy Norton HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, April 21, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- 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. Experts said the findings, reported in the April 21 issue

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  7. Father's Sperm May Hold Clues to Autism Risk

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, April 15, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Sperm may hold clues about whether a man's children will be at increased risk for autism, a small study suggests. Autism spectrum disorder is a group of developmental problems that can cause significant social, communi

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  8. Doctors Often Ignore Parents' Autism Concerns

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, April 15, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Delays in diagnosing and treating autism often occur when doctors ignore parents' concerns about their child's early development, a new study suggests. A team led by Dr. Katharine Zuckerman, of Oregon Health and Scienc

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  9. Autism and Risk for Gut Troubles in Children

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, March 25, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Children with autism tend to have more gastrointestinal problems early in life compared to other children, a new study finds. Researchers compared these GI symptoms -- such as diarrhea, constipation and food allergy/in

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  10. Scientists Spot Gene Tied to Girls' Severe Autism

    By Dennis Thompson HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, March 25, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Researchers say they've discovered a new genetic cause of autism, singling out a rare gene mutation that appears to hamper normal brain development early on in powerful ways. The gene, CTNND2, provides instructions f

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