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    1. Researchers See Recovery From Autism

      May 11, 2009 -- One in 10 children diagnosed with autism or autism spectrum disorders may recover, says a researcher who presented data at the recent International Society for Autism Research meeting in Chicago. "We don't know for certain what percent of children are capable of moving off the spectr

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    2. 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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    3. 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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    4. 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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    5. 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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    6. 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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    7. 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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    8. 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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    9. 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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    10. 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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