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    1. 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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    2. 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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    3. 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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    4. 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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    5. Vaccination Safe for Kids With Genetic Disorders

      Oct. 30, 2009 (Philadelphia) -- Vaccination does not appear to cause autism or other health problems, even in children with certain genetic disorders, a new study suggests. Experts say the finding is noteworthy because in 2007 the Department of Health and Human Services conceded that vaccination cou

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    6. Mercury Levels Same in Autistic, Other Children

      Oct. 19, 2009 -- Blood levels of mercury are similar in children with autism, those with other developmental problems, and those who are developing typically, according to a new study. ''There has been discussion about whether children with autism have high levels [of mercury],'' says the study's le

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    7. Melatonin Helps Autistic Kids Sleep

      Oct. 12, 2009 (Baltimore) -- Low doses of melatonin may help children with autism get a better night's rest, researchers report. Eleven youngsters with autism ages 4 to 10 fell asleep more quickly and slept longer when given low-dose supplements of melatonin, says Beth Malow, MD, director of the Sle

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    8. Autism May Be More Common Than Thought

      Oct. 5, 2009 -- About 1% of U.S. children, or about one in 91, may have autism or an autism spectrum disorder, according to two new national surveys. The new estimate is a dramatic increase from the previously accepted number of one in 150. But experts who discussed the findings of the two new surve

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    9. GI Problems and Autism: No Link Found

      July 27, 2009 -- For years, a suspected link between gastrointestinal problems and autism has been debated, with medical reports describing GI symptoms in up to 84% of children with the developmental disorder. The debated link has limited epidemiologic evidence but popular widespread acceptance, lea

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    10. Antidepressant No Help for Autism Behaviors

      June 1, 2009 --The antidepressant Celexa, often prescribed for children with autism and autism spectrum disorders (ASD) to reduce repetitive behaviors, works no better than a placebo, according to a new study. Even worse, the medication was more likely than the placebo to produce adverse side effect

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