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  1. Diet for Autism: What Works?

    Sept. 28, 2011 (San Diego) -- Up to half of children with autism are placed on special diets by their parents to improve symptoms, despite conflicting evidence that they work. Now, a small new study of the popular gluten-free/casein-free diet, or GFCF diet, suggests it does not work, says Patricia S

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  2. MRI Shows Differences in Autistic Brain

    Sept. 2, 2011 -- Stanford University researchers say they have identified key differences in the brain gray matter of children with and without autism. That could potentially prove useful in the diagnosis and treatment of the developmental disorder. Using brain imaging, the researchers found that a

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  3. Risk of Autism Recurrence Higher Than Thought

    Aug. 15, 2011 -- The risk of autism in a child whose older sibling has been diagnosed with the disorder is higher than previously believed, according to new research. Autism and autism spectrum disorders, a group of developmental disorders that affect the ability to think, communicate, and socially

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  4. Birth Complications Linked to Autism

    July 11, 2011  -- Several problems that crop up during labor and shortly after birth appear to increase a child’s risk for developing autism, a new study shows. The study comes on the heels of new evidence suggesting that environmental and developmental exposures may play a greater role in the devel

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  5. Environment Plays Bigger Role in Autism Than Thought

    July 4, 2011 -- One of the largest studies of twins shows environment may play a larger role in the development of autism than previously recognized. Several small studies conducted over the last three decades have found that it is much more common for identical twins to be diagnosed with autism tha

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  6. Antidepressant Use in Pregnancy: Autism Risk?

    July 4, 2011 -- Children born to women who take SSRI antidepressants during pregnancy may have a slight increase in risk for developing autism spectrum disorder (ASD), a new study suggests. Researchers compared the use of antidepressants among mothers of children with and without ASD. They found tha

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  7. Out-of-Sync Brain May Be a Clue to Autism

    June 22, 2011 -- A brain that is out of sync may be an early clue of autism, researchers suggest. Toddlers with autism are more likely to have abnormal synchronization between certain brain areas than other kids the same age, even those with language delays, according to a new study. ''There seems t

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  8. New Clues on Genetic Causes of Autism

    June 8, 2011 -- Genetic mutations not inherited from parents appear to explain some cases of autism, new research suggests. And the mutations may number in the hundreds. While the new research is a step forward, it is a small puzzle piece. "It could explain up to 2% of all autism cases," says resear

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  9. Prenatal Vitamins May Lower Autism Risk

    June 1, 2011 -- Taking prenatal vitamins may reduce the risk of having a child with autism, new research shows. "It appears that women who reported taking prenatal vitamins starting three months prior to conception and through the first month after conception seem to have a reduced chance their chil

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  10. Brain Scans May Help Detect Autism

    May 31, 2011 -- Brain scans known as functional MRIs may someday help in diagnosing autism, according to new research. ''We know now it is possible to objectively differentiate the autistic brain from the typical brain using a functional MRI imaging technique," says researcher Joy Hirsch, PhD, profe

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