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  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. Best and Worst Cities for Autism Care

    April 1, 2011 -- New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Cleveland, Philadelphia, and Boston are some of the top cities in the country for families raising children with autism, a new survey shows. The survey was conducted by the nonprofit advocacy group Autism Speaks. It’s the first to rank metropolitan ar

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  8. Electrical Brain Activity May Spot Autism Risk

    Feb. 22, 2011 -- Combining a standard noninvasive test that measures electrical activity in the brain with a high-tech computer analysis may help determine the risk of autism spectrum disorder in infants, according to a new study. In the study, a computer program that assists in evaluating brainwave

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  9. MMR Doctor ‘Planned to Make Millions,’ Journal Claims

    Jan. 11, 2011 -- Andrew Wakefield, MD, the disgraced doctor who claimed there was a link between the MMR vaccine and autism and bowel disease, planned to make a vast amount of money as a result of the health scare, according to a new report in the journal BMJ. It’s the second exposé by investigative

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  10. Back-to-Back Pregnancies May Increase Autism Risk

    Jan 10, 2011 -- Children born within one year of an older sibling may be three times more likely to be diagnosed with autism, according to a new study in the February issue of Pediatrics. The study calls attention to interpregnancy interval (IPI), the duration between pregnancies, as a potential ris

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