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  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. Oxytocin Hormone May Treat Autism

    Feb. 15, 2010 -- Oxytocin, the so-called hormone of love, may help promote social skills and social behavior in people with high-functioning autism. A new study shows people with high-functioning autism disorders, such as Asperger's syndrome, who were treated with oxytocin responded more strongly to

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  6. Autism Risk Rises With Mother's Age

    Feb. 8, 2010 -- The older a mother is when she gives birth, the higher her child's risk of autism, new data show. A smaller effect also is seen for the age of the father, but only when the child is born to a father over age 40 and a mother under age 30. The new findings come from a comparison of rep

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  7. Local Environment Not Cause of Autism 'Clusters'

    Jan. 5, 2010 - If some pollutant triggers autism, it's widespread and not confined to specific geographic areas, finds a study of California autism clusters. "People seeking the cause of autism have been looking for a smoking gun, but it will be more like dispersed land mines," Irva Hertz-Picciotto,

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  8. Experts: No Proof Autism Diets Help/Don't Help

    Jan. 4, 2010 - There's still no proof that special diets help or don't help autistic kids -- or that food allergies, food sensitivities, or gut problems cause autism, an expert panel concludes. The panel, chaired by Harvard's Timothy Buie, MD, included 28 experts in 12 scientific disciplines, includ

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  9. Temple Grandin’s Story: A Remarkable Woman With Autism

    Temple Grandin, a new film biography about the best-selling author, renowned animal scientist, and perhaps America's most famous person with autism, debuts in February on HBO with a strong cast and a sensitive narrative starring Claire Danes. It depicts a woman who is uniquely talented (she imagines

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  10. Autism Jumps 57% in Just 4 Years

    Dec. 18, 2009 – Autism disorders increased by 57% in just four years, the CDC today reported. By the end of 2006, one in 110 U.S. kids had an autism disorder diagnosed by age 8: one in 70 boys and one in 315 girls, reflecting a nearly fivefold higher risk for males. The new CDC estimate of autism pr

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