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  1. Antidepressants in Pregnancy Not Linked to Autism

    By Amy Norton HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, Dec. 18, 2013 (HealthDay News) -- Despite some concerns to the contrary, children whose moms used antidepressants during pregnancy do not appear to be at increased risk of autism, a large new Danish study suggests. The results, published Dec. 19 in the New

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  2. Could a Tiny Worm Help Treat Autism?

    By Dennis Thompson HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, Dec. 12, 2013 (HealthDay News) -- Adults with autism who were intentionally infected with a parasitic intestinal worm experienced an improvement in their behavior, researchers say. After swallowing whipworm eggs for 12 weeks, people with autism became

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  3. Singer Susan Boyle Reveals Asperger’s Diagnosis

    Dec. 9, 2013 -- The singer Susan Boyle says she has Asperger's syndrome, and the diagnosis has given her a sense of relief. Asperger's syndrome is a form of autism, which is a lifelong disability that affects how a person makes sense of the world, processes information, and relates to other people.

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  4. Research Probes Autism's Origins in the Brain

    By Brenda Goodman HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, Nov. 21, 2013 (HealthDay News) -- Two research teams say they have pinpointed how changes in genes linked to autism act together to disrupt normal brain development. Their studies, published Nov. 21 in the journal Cell, represent a leap forward in under

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  5. U.S. Adults With Autism May Face Housing Crisis

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, Nov. 13 (HealthDay News) -- Adults with autism face a shortage of housing and support services in the United States, according to a new survey. Within the next decade, at least 500,000 U.S. teens with autism will enter adulthood. Many will require acces

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  6. When a Child With Autism Refuses Most Foods

    By Barbara Bronson Gray HealthDay Reporter FRIDAY, Nov. 8 (HealthDay News) -- The life-threatening health problems that a 9-year-old boy with autism faced recently shed light on an issue that is rarely discussed. Many children with autism or other developmental disorders tend to eat an extremely nar

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  7. Stomach Troubles Common for Kids With Autism

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, Nov. 6 (HealthDay News) -- Children with autism are far more likely to have digestive problems than those without the neurodevelopmental disorder, a new study finds. The gastrointestinal issues (GI) appear linked to autism-related behavioral problems, s

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  8. Autism Sign May Appear in First Months of Life

    By Serena Gordon HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, Nov. 6 (HealthDay News) -- At least one sign of autism may begin as early as 2 months of life, new research suggests. The study of 110 babies found that infants later diagnosed with autism showed a decline in the amount of attention they paid to other p

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  9. Study Finds No Link Between Autism, Celiac Disease

    By Brenda Goodman HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, Sept. 25 (HealthDay News) -- A large, new study finds no linkage between the digestive disorder celiac disease and autism. One theory about autism is that it may start in the gut, because some children with the disorder also suffer from gastrointestina

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  10. This May Be Mistaken for Autism in Some Kids

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, Sept. 18 (HealthDay News) -- Some children diagnosed with autism may actually have a genetic deletion disorder instead, according to a new study. These children are often misdiagnosed because the social impairments associated with their developmental de

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