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  1. 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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  2. '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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. Parents of a Child With Autism Often Forgo This

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter 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 spectr

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  8. Autism's Costs Can Run Into Millions for One Person

    By Dennis Thompson HealthDay 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 fo

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  9. Environmental Changes to Genes & Kids With Autism

    By Mary Elizabeth Dallas HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, May 29, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- New research appears to confirm that environmental influences on genes, and not just gene mutations, play a role in the development of autism. Scientists from Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva Univers

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  10. Adults With Autism at Risk for Many Health Problems

    By Maureen Salamon HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, May 14, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Autism apparently isn't a stand-alone disorder, with new research revealing that adults with autism often face a host of mental and physical illnesses. Kaiser Permanente researchers found that nearly all medical condit

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