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  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. Abilify Treats Autism-Related Irritability

    Nov. 30, 2009 -- The drug Abilify (aripiprazole) may help ease the symptoms of irritability related to autism in children and adolescents. A new study shows the drug significantly improved autism-related irritability symptoms, such as aggression, tantrums, rapidly changing moods, and self-injurious

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  9. Early Intervention May Help Autistic Toddlers

    Nov. 30, 2009 -- A new, home-based program for toddlers with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) that combines behavioral change techniques in a playful environment boosted the children's IQ, language ability, and social interaction skills more than a community-based program, according to a new study. Th

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  10. Kids With Autism Need Handwriting Help

    Nov. 9, 2009 -- Kids battling autism face an extra hurdle: handwriting. The problem seems to be something parents have long suspected, but that researchers are only beginning to define. It's long been obvious to Jennifer Toney. Her son, Alex, has autism. Alex, age 9, is at least as intelligent as hi

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