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  1. 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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  2. Dad in Autism-Vaccine Case Speaks Out

    March 6, 2008 -- Neurologist Jon Poling, MD, PhD, is not surprised that the federal government decided to grant compensation from a federal vaccine injury fund because his daughter Hannah, now 9, had developed autism-like symptoms after receiving childhood vaccines. He knew the case was a good one.

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  3. Gov't: Girl’s Autism-Like Symptoms Linked to Vaccines

    March 6, 2008 -- Federal officials say a Georgia girl is entitled to compensation from a federal vaccine injury fund because she developed autism-like symptoms after receiving childhood vaccines in 2000. Hannah's father, Jon, tells WebMD he was not surprised by the compensation decision. "When you a

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  4. 'Baldi' Helps Kids With Autism

    Feb. 15, 2008 (Boston) -- Children generally love to play with computers, but many children with autism prefer interacting with a computer to conversing with a person. Many scientists have been working on ways to take advantage of that to help autistic kids learn. A virtual talking head, or "embodie

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  5. Psychoanalysis Helps Kids With Autism

    Jan. 25, 2008 -- From the strict dairy-free and wheat-free diet that actress Jenny McCarthy details in her best-selling book, Louder Than Words: A Mother's Journey in Healing Autism, to mercury detoxification and other types of speech and behavior therapies, there is little that parents of children

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  6. Autism Gene Glitch Traced to Moms

    Jan. 10, 2008 -- Glitches in a gene called CNTNAP2 appear to be linked to autism, and at least one of those mutations may be handed down by mothers. That news appears in today's online edition of The American Journal of Human Genetics. In the journal, three teams of scientists identify CNTNAP2 as a

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  7. 1% of Autism Due to Unstable Genes

    Jan. 9, 2008 -- Duplication or deletion of genes in a "hot spot of genetic instability" accounts for 1% of early autism cases, researchers find. The genes are located on an arm of the human chromosome that's still young in terms of evolution. This means it carries highly similar stretches of genetic

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  8. Thimerosal Down but Autism Rising

    Jan. 7, 2008 -- Autism rates continue to go up despite removal of thimerosal, which contains a form of mercury, from nearly all child vaccines, California data show. The finding adds to a growing body of evidence against the " thimerosal hypothesis." The hypothesis holds that vaccines using thimeros

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  9. Autism Linked to Brain Protein

    Dec. 5, 2007 -- New autism research shows that a certain brain protein may affect brain development -- and possibly nudge the brain toward autism. The protein, called Cdk5, seems to pave the way for another protein, called CASK, to build synapses between brain cells. Brain cells communicate across s

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  10. Report: Fever Improves Autism Symptoms

    Dec. 3, 2007 -- Children with autism appear to improve when they have a fever, according to intriguing new research that could lead to a better understanding of the disorder. Fever was associated with less hyperactivity, improved communication, and less irritability in the study involving children w

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