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  1. Sensory-Focused Autism Therapy Shows Early Promise

    By Mary Brophy Marcus HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, June 5 (HealthDay News) -- Smelling essential oils, walking across textured surfaces, immersing hands in warm water -- these are just some of the therapeutic experiences that boys with autism had while participating in a small new study. The scient

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  2. Word Tests May Predict Gains for Kids With Autism

    By Mary Elizabeth Dallas HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, May 29 (HealthDay News) -- Early brain responses to words may help predict future abilities in children with autism, a new study suggests. "We showed that a simple measure of how the brain responds to a familiar word taken at 2 years of age was

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  3. Extreme Birth Weights Tied to Autism

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter FRIDAY, May 3 (HealthDay News) -- A much larger or much smaller birth weight than average may be associated with an increased risk of autism, according to a large new study. Researchers examined data from more than 40,000 children in Sweden, and found that those w

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  4. Kelly the Robot Helps Kids Tackle Autism

    By Amy Norton HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, May 1 (HealthDay News) -- Using a kid-friendly robot during behavioral therapy sessions may help some children with autism gain better social skills, a preliminary study suggests. The study, of 19 children with autism spectrum disorders (ASDs), found that

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  5. Drug Shows Some Benefit for Kids With Autism

    By Kathleen Doheny HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, May 1 (HealthDay News) -- An experimental drug for autism did not improve levels of lethargy and social withdrawal in children who took it, but it did show some other benefits, a new study finds. Children on arbaclofen did improve on an overall measur

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  6. Study Debunks Lyme Disease-Autism Link

    By Serena Gordon HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, April 30 (HealthDay News) -- A new study failed to find any evidence to back up a suggested association between Lyme disease and autism spectrum disorders. Although a prevalence of Lyme disease as high as 20 percent (or even higher) has been reported in c

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  7. Newborn's Placenta May Predict Autism Risk

    By Kathleen Doheny HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, April 25 (HealthDay News) -- Autism risk may be spotted at birth by examining placentas for abnormalities, new research suggests. "We can look at the placenta at birth and determine the chance of being at risk for autism with extremely high reliability

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  8. Prenatal Use of Epilepsy Drug Tied to Autism Risk

    By Serena Gordon HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, April 23 (HealthDay News) -- Valproate -- an epilepsy drug already shown to increase the risk of birth defects and thinking problems in offspring whose mothers used the drug during pregnancy -- may also significantly increase the risk of having a child wi

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  9. Guideline Changes Set Asperger's Community on Edge

    By Lisa Esposito HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, April 18 (HealthDay News) -- People with Asperger's syndrome -- mild autism with normal or sometimes superior verbal ability and intelligence -- are at a crossroads: Their diagnosis is about to disappear. In 1994, Asperger's was recognized as its own dis

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  10. Another Study Sees No Vaccine-Autism Link

    By Amy Norton HealthDay Reporter FRIDAY, March 29 (HealthDay News) -- Although some parents worry about the sheer number of vaccines babies typically receive, a new U.S. government study finds no evidence that more vaccinations increase the risk of autism. Looking at about 1,000 U.S. children with o

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