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  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. FAQ: Vaccine Court Hears Autism Cases

    May 14, 2008 -- Contrary to media reports, a U.S. court has not yet issued any decisions on whether vaccines cause autism. It's an important issue: About 5,000 cases remain in limbo -- at the parents' request -- as the so-called Omnibus Autism Proceeding grinds on. This week, public hearings in the

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  4. Parent's Mental Illness and Kid's Autism

    May 5, 2008 -- Children born to a parent with schizophrenia or certain other mental illnesses may have an increased risk for autism, new research suggests. Parents of children diagnosed with autism were roughly twice as likely to have been hospitalized for a psychiatric disorder such as schizophreni

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  5. What Autism Does to a Mother

    By Nancy Rones Nicole Kalkowski knows that beyond the stress, fear, and family turmoil that come with learning that your child has this devastating disorder, there is also a devastating aloneness. In our second installment of Living With Autism, we follow this mother of three as she struggles to sav

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  6. Study Suggests Preemie, Autism Link

    April 2, 2008 -- Very premature birth may be a major risk factor for autism, but more study is needed to confirm the association, researchers say. One out of four very-low-birth-weight babies -- weighing as little as 1 pound at birth and no more than 3.3 pounds -- showed signs of autistic behavior w

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  7. Parents of Autistic Kids Take Income Hit

    April 2, 2008 -- Parents of children with autism earn 14% less than parents who don't have autistic kids. That news appears in April's edition of Pediatrics. The finding is based on 11,000 U.S. children in kindergarten through eighth grade. The group included 131 children diagnosed with an autism sp

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  8. Autism-Vaccine Link: Evidence Doesn't Dispel Doubts

    Autism and vaccines: It's the link that just won't die. The American Academy of Pediatrics, the CDC, the World Health Organization, and the Institute of Medicine all agree that there's probably no relationship between autism and vaccines. But if the case is that solid, why do so many people remain u

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  9. Autism Cases on the Rise; Reason for Increase a Mystery

    The number of children diagnosed with autism or related disorders has grown at what many call an alarming rate. In the 1970s and 1980s, about one out of every 2,000 children had autism. Today, the CDC estimates that one in 150 8-year-olds in the U.S. has an autism spectrum disorder, or ASD. This exp

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  10. Finding the Right Autism Treatment

    Parents are using nearly 400 different treatments for their children with autism. They can't all be wrong. They can't all be right. Welcome to the shaky ground on which parents find themselves when they learn that their child may -- or may not -- have autism. The pace of scientific research is frust

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