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  1. Autism Cases on the Rise

    Jan. 8, 2009 -- Environmental factors may be partly behind California's eightfold rise in new cases, a new study implies. Many researchers have believed that the continuous increase in autism cases over the last decade -- particularly the huge increase seen in California -- isn't real, but can be ex

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  2. Autism in the Classroom

    When your child has an autism spectrum disorder (ASD), for example Asperger's syndrome, school can be difficult. Autism in the classroom is something that’s hard for teachers, parents, and the child with the ASD to deal with. “My school just doesn’t get it,” one parent who didn’t want to be identifi

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  3. Rainfall, Autism May Be Linked

    Nov. 3, 2008 -- Children living in areas of high precipitation may be more likely to have autism, according to a new study, but the researchers caution that the finding of a rainfall-autism link is preliminary. The finding may have nothing to do with the rainfall or snow itself, they say, but rather

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  4. Chelation Study for Autism Called Off

    Sept. 18, 2008 -- Federal officials have abandoned a proposed study of a controversial alternative therapy for autism, leaving parents who believe in the treatment disappointed and angry about the move. In a statement released Wednesday, the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) says its invest

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  5. Autism, Measles Vaccine: No Link

    Sept. 3, 2008 -- Can the measles vaccine cause autism? No, say researchers who updated older studies suggesting that it might. The idea was that the measles virus from the live-virus measles vaccine lurks in the gut of some young children, causing bowel disease and making them more susceptible to en

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  6. I'm on a Mission to Get My Son Better — and Help Others

    By Nancy Rones As Ryan faces new and frightening setbacks in his struggle with autism, his parents search for answers and find both purpose and peace in their new life. For the past several months, REDBOOK has followed the Kalkowski family as it grapples with the challenges of battling 3-year-old Ry

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  7. Autism Cause: Brain Development Genes?

    July 10, 2008 -- Surprising findings from a gene study have set the world of autism research spinning on a new axis. The new study shows that many of the different genes linked to autism -- and many of the new autism genes discovered in the course of the study -- are part of a network that allows a

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  8. "We Need to Pull Ryan into This World"

    By Nancy Rones Every inch of progress that Ryan Kalkowski makes in his battle against autism gives his parents new hope — and new determination. In this month’s installment, we look at how far this little boy has come, how far he still has to go, and what his family is willing to sacrifice to get th

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  9. Autism Linked to Low Birth Weight

    June 2, 2008 -- Low birth weight and preterm birth increase the risk of autism in infants by about twofold, but more so for girls than for boys, according to a new study. The research bolsters the suspected link between autism, low birth weight, and prematurity. "We saw this difference in risk betwe

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  10. Autism and Family Relationships

    Alison Singer's days became a blur eight years ago when her daughter Jodie, now nearly 11, was diagnosed with autism. Singer left the workforce temporarily and focused on her daughter. "I set up the home program -- 40 hours a week of applied behavioral analysis therapy," says Singer, referring to a

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