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  1. Gene Variants Hold New Clues to Autism

    April 28, 2009 -- Rare genetic mutations are known to increase the risk of autism and autism spectrum disorders (ASD). Now, researchers have identified new and common gene mutations -- also called gene variants -- that also boost the risk of the developmental disorders that affect an estimated one i

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  2. Asperger's Syndrome: Stress Hormone a Clue

    April 2, 2009 -- Asperger's syndrome, an autism spectrum disorder, may be linked to an unusual pattern in salivary levels of the stress hormone cortisol. A new study shows a sharp rise in salivary levels of cortisol soon after waking in typically developing 18-year-old men, but not in young men of t

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  3. Maternal Bereavement Not Linked to Autism

    March 30, 2009 -- Despite a possible connection between prenatal stress and autism, researchers in Denmark say the pain of losing a loved one during or just before pregnancy does not increase the baby's risk of autism later in life. Medical evidence has suggested that emotional trauma during or in t

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  4. Autism: New Clue to Earlier Detection

    March 29, 2009 -- A surprise discovery is leading autism researchers at Yale University toward earlier detection and new therapies for children with autism -- possibly beginning in infancy. That discovery is all about key differences in what captures the attention of children with autism compared to

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  5. Vaccine Court Rejects Autism Claims

    Feb. 12, 2009 -- The federal "vaccine court" has rejected claims that either the measles/mumps/rubella (MMR) vaccine or thimerosal in vaccines caused children's autism. The ruling is a major setback for the more than 5,000 cases in which families claim that the mercury-based thimerosal -- a preserva

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  6. Saliva Test for Autism in the Works

    Jan. 8, 2009 -- Certain compounds in saliva are different in some children with autism spectrum disorders, a new study shows. Italian researchers analyzed saliva samples from 27 children with autism spectrum disorders and 23 healthy children of the same age. The scientists, who included Professor Ma

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  7. Autism Cases on the Rise

    Jan. 8, 2009 -- Environmental factors may be partly behind California's eightfold rise in new cases, a new study implies. Many researchers have believed that the continuous increase in autism cases over the last decade -- particularly the huge increase seen in California -- isn't real, but can be ex

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  8. Rainfall, Autism May Be Linked

    Nov. 3, 2008 -- Children living in areas of high precipitation may be more likely to have autism, according to a new study, but the researchers caution that the finding of a rainfall-autism link is preliminary. The finding may have nothing to do with the rainfall or snow itself, they say, but rather

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  9. Chelation Study for Autism Called Off

    Sept. 18, 2008 -- Federal officials have abandoned a proposed study of a controversial alternative therapy for autism, leaving parents who believe in the treatment disappointed and angry about the move. In a statement released Wednesday, the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) says its invest

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  10. Autism, Measles Vaccine: No Link

    Sept. 3, 2008 -- Can the measles vaccine cause autism? No, say researchers who updated older studies suggesting that it might. The idea was that the measles virus from the live-virus measles vaccine lurks in the gut of some young children, causing bowel disease and making them more susceptible to en

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