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    1. Drug Shows Some Benefit for Kids With Autism

      By Kathleen Doheny HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, May 1 (HealthDay News) -- An experimental drug for autism did not improve levels of lethargy and social withdrawal in children who took it, but it did show some other benefits, a new study finds. Children on arbaclofen did improve on an overall measur

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    2. Kelly the Robot Helps Kids Tackle Autism

      By Amy Norton HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, May 1 (HealthDay News) -- Using a kid-friendly robot during behavioral therapy sessions may help some children with autism gain better social skills, a preliminary study suggests. The study, of 19 children with autism spectrum disorders (ASDs), found that

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    3. Study Debunks Lyme Disease-Autism Link

      By Serena Gordon HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, April 30 (HealthDay News) -- A new study failed to find any evidence to back up a suggested association between Lyme disease and autism spectrum disorders. Although a prevalence of Lyme disease as high as 20 percent (or even higher) has been reported in c

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    4. Newborn's Placenta May Predict Autism Risk

      By Kathleen Doheny HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, April 25 (HealthDay News) -- Autism risk may be spotted at birth by examining placentas for abnormalities, new research suggests. "We can look at the placenta at birth and determine the chance of being at risk for autism with extremely high reliability

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    5. Prenatal Use of Epilepsy Drug Tied to Autism Risk

      By Serena Gordon HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, April 23 (HealthDay News) -- Valproate -- an epilepsy drug already shown to increase the risk of birth defects and thinking problems in offspring whose mothers used the drug during pregnancy -- may also significantly increase the risk of having a child wi

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    6. Guideline Changes Set Asperger's Community on Edge

      By Lisa Esposito HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, April 18 (HealthDay News) -- People with Asperger's syndrome -- mild autism with normal or sometimes superior verbal ability and intelligence -- are at a crossroads: Their diagnosis is about to disappear. In 1994, Asperger's was recognized as its own dis

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    7. Another Study Sees No Vaccine-Autism Link

      By Amy Norton HealthDay Reporter FRIDAY, March 29 (HealthDay News) -- Although some parents worry about the sheer number of vaccines babies typically receive, a new U.S. government study finds no evidence that more vaccinations increase the risk of autism. Looking at about 1,000 U.S. children with o

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    8. Older Dads More Likely to Have Autistic Grandkid?

      By E.J. Mundell HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, March 20 (HealthDay News) -- The odds that a child will develop autism could be linked to their grandfather's age at the time they were born, a new Swedish study suggests. The study found that men who fathered a child at the age of 50 or older were more

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    9. 1 in 50 School-Aged Children in U.S. Has Autism

      By Steven Reinberg HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, March 20 (HealthDay News) -- The number of children in the United States with autism spectrum disorder has jumped dramatically since 2007, federal health officials reported Wednesday. As of 2012, one in 50 kids between the ages of 6 and 17 has some fo

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    10. Can Therapy Dogs Help Kids With Autism?

      By Amy Norton HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, Feb. 26 (HealthDay News) -- For children with autism, trained dogs may offer not only a furry friend, but some therapeutic benefits, too, a new research review finds. There is a "substantial body of evidence" that dogs act as "social catalysts," even encoura

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