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  1. Asperger's Syndrome: Stress Hormone a Clue

    April 2, 2009 -- Asperger's syndrome, an autism spectrum disorder, may be linked to an unusual pattern in salivary levels of the stress hormone cortisol. A new study shows a sharp rise in salivary levels of cortisol soon after waking in typically developing 18-year-old men, but not in young men of t

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  2. Maternal Bereavement Not Linked to Autism

    March 30, 2009 -- Despite a possible connection between prenatal stress and autism, researchers in Denmark say the pain of losing a loved one during or just before pregnancy does not increase the baby's risk of autism later in life. Medical evidence has suggested that emotional trauma during or in t

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  3. Autism: New Clue to Earlier Detection

    March 29, 2009 -- A surprise discovery is leading autism researchers at Yale University toward earlier detection and new therapies for children with autism -- possibly beginning in infancy. That discovery is all about key differences in what captures the attention of children with autism compared to

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  4. Actor Gary Cole Spotlights Autism

    When my daughter Mary was diagnosed with autism in 1995,” says actor Gary Cole, “all I had to go on was Rain  Man.” Today, an estimated one in 150 American children under age 8 are diagnosed with autism or related conditions such as Asperger’s syndrome -- all with symptoms such as an inability to re

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  5. Vaccine Court Rejects Autism Claims

    Feb. 12, 2009 -- The federal "vaccine court" has rejected claims that either the measles/mumps/rubella (MMR) vaccine or thimerosal in vaccines caused children's autism. The ruling is a major setback for the more than 5,000 cases in which families claim that the mercury-based thimerosal -- a preserva

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  6. Raising a Child with Asperger’s Syndrome: Mary Walsh’s Story

    I began noticing something was different about my son, Matthew, when he was about two years old. He didn’t make good eye contact. Noise bothered him. He had trouble with some of his motor skills, such as using a spoon. He was also having a tough time at day care. He’d cry when I dropped him off. He

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  7. 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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  8. Saliva Test for Autism in the Works

    Jan. 8, 2009 -- Certain compounds in saliva are different in some children with autism spectrum disorders, a new study shows. Italian researchers analyzed saliva samples from 27 children with autism spectrum disorders and 23 healthy children of the same age. The scientists, who included Professor Ma

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  9. 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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  10. 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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