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  1. Speech Patterns May ID Kids With Autism

    July 19, 2010 -- Researchers have developed a new technology that uses the vocal recordings of children to assess their speech patterns and helps in identifying who has autism spectrum disorder or language delay, according to a report. The new tool could have an impact on how children are screened f

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  2. Picky Eating by Autistic Kids Won't Affect Growth

    July 19, 2010 -- Children with autism spectrum disorder tend to be extremely picky when it comes to what they will or won't eat, but new research shows that it doesn't seem to affect their growth and development. The findings appear in the August issue of Pediatrics. "Although the autism spectrum di

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  3. Genetic Mutations May Be Key Cause of Autism

    June 9, 2010 -- Accumulation of rare DNA mutations in genes affecting brain function appears to be a major cause of autism, a large international study suggests. "This will lead to a paradigm shift in understanding causes of autism," study researcher Stephen Scherer, PHD, of Toronto's Hospital for S

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  4. Kids' Autism Not Helped by Parent Training Alone

    May 20, 2010 - Training parents to adapt communication to their child's impairments doesn't affect the child's autism but does help the parent-child relationship, U.K. researchers find. The rigorous study is drawing praise from experts, as relatively few studies of autism treatment have been so care

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  5. Autism Families: High Divorce Rate Is a Myth

    May 19, 2010 -- Parents of autistic children often hear that the divorce rate in families with autism is 80%, but a new study debunks that figure as a myth. ''There really weren't any significant differences in terms of family structure when you consider children with autism and those without," says

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  6. 'Autism Diet' May Not Improve Symptoms

    May 19, 2010 --The so-called autism diet -- a gluten-free, casein-free eating plan -- does not appear to improve the symptoms of children with the group of neurodevelopmental disorders known as autism spectrum disorder or ASD, according to a new study. About one in 110 U.S. children has ASD, which i

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  7. Can Special Diets Treat Autism?

    May 5, 2010 -- The use of gluten-free and casein-free diets to treat autism is increasingly popular among families, but researchers who reviewed 14 published studies on the diets say science does not back them up as useful. "The evidence that has been collected does not support the use of the diets

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  8. Parents Try Alternative Treatments for Autism

    May 3, 2010 -- Many families are turning toward to special diets and/or psychotropic medications to help better manage autism spectrum disorder and its symptoms in their children, two new studies show. The CDC estimates that about one in 110 children in the U.S. have an autism spectrum disorder, the

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  9. New Genetic Clues to Autism Found

    May 3, 2010 -- Researchers have discovered two new genes that may be involved with autism, the brain disorder marked by difficulty in communicating and relating to others. The evidence for one of the two new "susceptibility genes" is stronger than that for the other, says Daniel Notterman, MD, the s

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  10. New Genetic Autism Test Beats Older Tests

    March 15, 2010 -- A new genetic test for autism, known as chromosomal microarray analysis (CMA), finds more genetic abnormalities than two older tests, a study shows. ''CMA is much better than karyotyping or fragile X testing at detection -- it's at least three times better,"  Bai-Lin Wu, PhD, medic

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