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    1. Cognitive Skills in Kids With Autism May Improve With Time

      Sept 15, 2010 -- Many of the behavioral signs of autism spectrum disorder ebb and flow throughout childhood, but less was known about the trajectory of cognitive skills among these children. Now, a new study shows that patterns of cognitive skills, including being able to appreciate another person's

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    2. CDC Study Shows No Vaccine, Autism Link

      Sept. 13, 2010 -- Exposure to thimerosal-containing vaccines in infancy or in the womb is not associated with an increased risk for developing autism, according to a new study from the CDC. Children in the study who developed autism spectrum disorder (ASD) actually had less exposure to vaccines with

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    3. Parents of Autistic Kids at Risk of Divorce?

      Aug. 6, 2010 -- Parents of children with autism may be more likely to divorce when their children reach adolescence or young adulthood than parents of children without this or other developmental disabilities, finds a new study in the August issue of the Journal of Family Psychology. Despite this in

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    4. 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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    5. 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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    6. 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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    7. 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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    8. 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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    9. '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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    10. 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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