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  1. Home Videos Show Autism Starts Later in Some

    Aug. 1, 2005 -- Home videos of children's birthday parties may validate what many parents of autistic children have suspected in retrospect: Children who seemed normal in their first year of life may regress and develop symptoms of autism by their second birthday. A new study analyzed home videos of

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  2. Secretin Questioned as Autism Treatment

    July 19, 2005 -- Secretin, a digestive system hormone, may not be the hoped-for answer to autism, researchers report in The Cochrane Library. The finding doesn't come from a new test. Instead, it's based on a review of 14 past studies. The studies included a total of 618 children with autism and rel

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  3. New Intensity to Debate Over Autism Cause

    July 12, 2005 -- Sallie Bernard and Morton Ann Gernsbacher, PhD, have something in common. Each is the mother of a child with autism. Both of these mothers care deeply about their children. They care deeply about other children, too -- especially those with autism. But they could not differ more on

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  4. Antipsychotic Drug May Help Kids With Autism

    July 1, 2005 -- The antipsychotic drug Risperdal may cut aggressive behavior in children with autism. That effect was reported in The American Journal of Psychiatry. Researchers including James McCracken, MD, of the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA), studied Risperdal and autism. Howeve

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  5. What Raises a Baby's Risk of Autism?

    May 18, 2005 -- Pregnancy factors, parental psychiatric history, and preterm delivery may be associated with an increased risk of autism, says a study in the American Journal of Epidemiology. Here are the potential associations noted in the study: Breech presentation of the baby Low Apgar score, an

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  6. Research Offers Hope for Autism Blood Test

    May 5, 2005 -- Autism researchers say they are closer than ever to developing a simple blood test that will identify the developmental disorder in newborns. While acknowledging that a diagnostic blood test for autism is still years away, the researchers say their new study offers "a proof of princip

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  7. Early Signs of Autism Identified in Infants

    April 29, 2005 -- Canadian researchers say they can recognize the early signs of autism in children as young as 6 months old, and they hope their findings will lead to better early treatments for the disorder. In their ongoing study that now includes autism centers across 14 cities in Canada and the

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  8. Mercury in Air Pollution: A Link to Autism?

    March 18, 2005 - Can mercury in air pollution cause autism? Nobody knows. But a new study suggests it's worth a look. Mercury is one heck of a toxic substance. A fraction of a teaspoon can render all the fish in a 20-acre lake unsafe to eat. A recent Institute of Medicine study found no link between

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  9. Study: Childhood Rise in Autism Cases Real

    March 7, 2005 - Since the 1990s, there's been a dramatic increase in autism autism among school-age children. The data are from the U.S. Department of Education, and the report hints that the increases seen with time are real. Research has suggested that the rise in autism could be largely explained

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  10. Allergies, Asthma May Play Role in Autism

    Feb. 7, 2005 - Allergies or asthma during pregnancy may increase the risk of giving birth to a child who develops autism. Investigators caution that the association must be confirmed, and that the increase in risk observed in a study was quite small. The findings are reported in the February issue o

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