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  1. Autistic Kids May Read People's Eyes

    March 26, 2007 -- Autistic children may be able to read people's emotions from their facial expressions, new research shows. The eyes and mouth may be the facial areas that autistic kids pay the most attention to, British autism researchers report in Child Development. Their findings counter previou

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  2. Glitches in Gene Linked to Autism

    March 22, 2007 -- Japanese researchers report that glitches in a gene they studied -- called the CADPS2 gene -- may be associated with autism. Several other genes have been linked to autism. However, the disorder's exact cause and its full genetic profile are not yet established. Last week, an Ameri

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  3. Many Gene Glitches May Up Autism Risk

    March 15, 2007 -- People with autism may have more DNA mutations sprinkled throughout their genes than those without autism, a new study shows. The study focuses on spontaneous mutations, not inherited gene glitches that are handed down from parent to child. Such spontaneous mutations may affect 100

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  4. 1 Autism Disorder (Rett) Reversible?

    Feb. 8, 2007 -- From her wheelchair, 10-year-old Chelsea Coenraad's alert, expressive eyes speak volumes to her mother. It is the only way she can speak. At 15 months, Rett syndrome robbed Chelsea of the only word she ever learned to say: "duck," for the favorite toy she soon became unable to play w

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  5. CDC: 1 in 150 Kids May Have Autism

    Feb. 8, 2007 -- Autism disorders are "more common than previously believed," affecting about one in 150 8-year-olds in the 14 states studied, says the CDC. That's higher than previous CDC estimates of up to one in 166 children. Autism spectrum disorders (ASDs) include autistic disorder, Asperger's s

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  6. TV Implicated in Autism Rise

    Oct. 18, 2006 -- Too much TV time for toddlers may trigger autism, according to a study by Cornell business professors. Over the past few decades, there's been an amazing increase in the number of children diagnosed with autism. Some experts think this is due to broader diagnostic criteria for autis

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  7. New Autism Gene Doubles Risk

    Oct. 16, 2006 -- A single gene mutation doubles a child's susceptibility to autism, a Vanderbilt-led research team reports. It's a discovery with far-reaching implications. Why? It isn't specifically a brain gene. In fact, it affects multiple systems in the body, including immune function and gut re

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  8. FDA OKs Drug for Autism Irritability

    Oct. 10, 2006 -- The FDA has approved Risperdal to treat irritability in children and adolescents with autism. It's the first approval of a drug for use in treating behavior-related problems associated with autism in children. Classified under the general heading of irritability, these behaviors inc

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  9. Autism Affects Child's Entire Brain

    Aug. 16, 2006 - New research is challenging the long-held belief that autism autism affects only those regions of the brain that control social interaction, communication, and reasoning -- suggesting, instead, that the disorder affects the entire brain. The government-funded study found that even hi

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  10. Autism Spotted at Age 14 Months

    June 2, 2006 -- Autism in children can be detected as early as age 14 months, a new study shows. Autism is rarely diagnosed before a child is 3 years old. Cutting that time in half means less precious time lost in getting autistic children the treatment they urgently need -- when it's likely to do t

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