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  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. Autism Brains Alike; Very Different From Normal Brains

    May 25, 2011 -- A common brain defect occurs in about 75% of people with autism, molecular analysis of autistic brains reveals. It's becoming clear that there are many different causes of autism and that autism takes many different forms. Some researchers have proposed that the various "autisms" may

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  5. Autism Awareness Efforts Boost Early Diagnoses

    May 13, 2011 -- Efforts to increase awareness about the early signs of autism appear to be working, a new study shows. Researchers with the CDC, Harvard Medical School, and United Health Group found that the number of children younger than age 3 who were enrolled in early intervention programs for a

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  6. Child With Autism May Affect Family Income

    May 11, 2011 (San Diego) -- Having a child with autism adversely affects family employment and income, new research suggests. Mothers of children with autism are less likely to be employed than other mothers and likely to earn less when they do work, says researcher David Mandell, ScD, associate dir

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  7. Study: Autism May Be More Common Than Thought

    May 9, 2011 - A "startling" one in 38 children has autism, South Korean and U.S. researcher find. The estimate is far higher than CDC's estimate of one in 110 children, as the study found many school kids have mild, undiagnosed autism. The elaborate study searched for 7- to 12-year-old children with

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  8. Brain Size of Children Yields Clues to Autism

    May 2, 2011 -- Children with autism tend to have larger brains than children without autism, a study suggests. The study shows larger brains are the result of accelerated brain growth around the children’s first birthday. Researchers from the University of North Carolina also report that the brain o

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  9. 5-Minute Screen for Signs of Autism Works in 1-Year-Olds

    April 28, 2011 -- A simple checklist completed by parents can help doctors screen for signs of autism as early as the child’s first birthday, according to new research. ''I am hoping it will become the standard of care," researcher Karen Pierce, PhD, an assistant professor of neuroscience at the Uni

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  10. What Works to Treat Autism?

    April 4, 2011 -- For children diagnosed with autism, hope comes in many forms -- stimulants, hormone therapy, vitamins, powerful antipsychotic medications, intensive behavioral therapies, and strict diets. It is harder, however, to find treatments that have been scientifically proven to help. Now th

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