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  1. CDC: 1 in 150 Kids May Have Autism

    Feb. 8, 2007 -- Autism disorders are "more common than previously believed," affecting about one in 150 8-year-olds in the 14 states studied, says the CDC. That's higher than previous CDC estimates of up to one in 166 children. Autism spectrum disorders (ASDs) include autistic disorder, Asperger's s

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  2. 1 Autism Disorder (Rett) Reversible?

    Feb. 8, 2007 -- From her wheelchair, 10-year-old Chelsea Coenraad's alert, expressive eyes speak volumes to her mother. It is the only way she can speak. At 15 months, Rett syndrome robbed Chelsea of the only word she ever learned to say: "duck," for the favorite toy she soon became unable to play w

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  3. TV Implicated in Autism Rise

    Oct. 18, 2006 -- Too much TV time for toddlers may trigger autism, according to a study by Cornell business professors. Over the past few decades, there's been an amazing increase in the number of children diagnosed with autism. Some experts think this is due to broader diagnostic criteria for autis

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  4. New Autism Gene Doubles Risk

    Oct. 16, 2006 -- A single gene mutation doubles a child's susceptibility to autism, a Vanderbilt-led research team reports. It's a discovery with far-reaching implications. Why? It isn't specifically a brain gene. In fact, it affects multiple systems in the body, including immune function and gut re

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  5. FDA OKs Drug for Autism Irritability

    Oct. 10, 2006 -- The FDA has approved Risperdal to treat irritability in children and adolescents with autism. It's the first approval of a drug for use in treating behavior-related problems associated with autism in children. Classified under the general heading of irritability, these behaviors inc

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  6. Autism Affects Child's Entire Brain

    Aug. 16, 2006 - New research is challenging the long-held belief that autism autism affects only those regions of the brain that control social interaction, communication, and reasoning -- suggesting, instead, that the disorder affects the entire brain. The government-funded study found that even hi

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  7. Autism Spotted at Age 14 Months

    June 2, 2006 -- Autism in children can be detected as early as age 14 months, a new study shows. Autism is rarely diagnosed before a child is 3 years old. Cutting that time in half means less precious time lost in getting autistic children the treatment they urgently need -- when it's likely to do t

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  8. Daydream Brain Activity: Autism Clue?

    May 8, 2006 -- People with autism autism may not daydream like most people do. A new study suggests that the brain activity found in most people while at rest or "daydreaming" is absent in people with autism. Researchers say the brain regions normally active while at rest or daydreaming are importan

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  9. CDC Releases New Statistics on Autism

    May 4, 2006 -- At least 300,000 school-aged U.S. children had ever been diagnosed with autism as of 2003-2004, the CDC estimates. That estimate is based on two national health surveys conducted by the CDC in 2003-2004. The results appear in the CDC's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. The survey

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  10. Gene May Be Involved in Autism

    May 3, 2006 -- A new study shows that a certain gene may be involved in autism autism. The study, published in Neuron, doesn't prove that that particular gene -- which is called the Pten gene -- causes autism. Many other genetic factors have also been linked to autism, the study also notes. The stud

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