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  1. Debate Flares Over Vaccines and Autism

    April 7, 2006 -- Debate over a possible tie between mercury-containing vaccines and autism flared up this week as activist groups launched a campaign accusing federal health agencies and prominent researchers of manipulating scientific findings on the link. Some parents of autistic children have lon

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  2. U.S. in Midst of an Autism Epidemic?

    April 3, 2006 - The flood of kids with autism pouring into special education classes doesn't mean we're in the middle of an autism epidemic, a new study suggests. Experts hotly debate the issue of whether there really are more autistic kids more autistic kids than there used to be. Many parents worr

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  3. Is Autism Linked to the 'Extreme Male Brain'?

    Nov. 3, 2005 -- An old theory about autism and the brain is getting a fresh look from autism experts in the U.K. The theory of the "extreme male brain" was first mentioned more than 60 years ago, write Simon Baron-Cohen, PhD, and colleagues in Science. Now, they're exploring that theory in light of

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  4. Gene Interaction Linked to Autism Risk

    Aug. 3, 2005 -- It has long been believed that complex genetic interactions are at play in autism, and new research offers some of the first concrete evidence that this is the case. For the first time, researchers have identified an interaction between two specific genes that increases the risk that

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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. 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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