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  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. Autism Cause: Brain Development Genes?

    July 10, 2008 -- Surprising findings from a gene study have set the world of autism research spinning on a new axis. The new study shows that many of the different genes linked to autism -- and many of the new autism genes discovered in the course of the study -- are part of a network that allows a

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  7. Autism Linked to Low Birth Weight

    June 2, 2008 -- Low birth weight and preterm birth increase the risk of autism in infants by about twofold, but more so for girls than for boys, according to a new study. The research bolsters the suspected link between autism, low birth weight, and prematurity. "We saw this difference in risk betwe

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  8. Parent's Mental Illness and Kid's Autism

    May 5, 2008 -- Children born to a parent with schizophrenia or certain other mental illnesses may have an increased risk for autism, new research suggests. Parents of children diagnosed with autism were roughly twice as likely to have been hospitalized for a psychiatric disorder such as schizophreni

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  9. Study Suggests Preemie, Autism Link

    April 2, 2008 -- Very premature birth may be a major risk factor for autism, but more study is needed to confirm the association, researchers say. One out of four very-low-birth-weight babies -- weighing as little as 1 pound at birth and no more than 3.3 pounds -- showed signs of autistic behavior w

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  10. Parents of Autistic Kids Take Income Hit

    April 2, 2008 -- Parents of children with autism earn 14% less than parents who don't have autistic kids. That news appears in April's edition of Pediatrics. The finding is based on 11,000 U.S. children in kindergarten through eighth grade. The group included 131 children diagnosed with an autism sp

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