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    1. 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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    2. Autism, Measles Vaccine: No Link

      Sept. 3, 2008 -- Can the measles vaccine cause autism? No, say researchers who updated older studies suggesting that it might. The idea was that the measles virus from the live-virus measles vaccine lurks in the gut of some young children, causing bowel disease and making them more susceptible to en

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    3. Autism Cause: Brain Development Genes?

      July 10, 2008 -- Surprising findings from a gene study have set the world of autism research spinning on a new axis. The new study shows that many of the different genes linked to autism -- and many of the new autism genes discovered in the course of the study -- are part of a network that allows a

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    4. Autism Linked to Low Birth Weight

      June 2, 2008 -- Low birth weight and preterm birth increase the risk of autism in infants by about twofold, but more so for girls than for boys, according to a new study. The research bolsters the suspected link between autism, low birth weight, and prematurity. "We saw this difference in risk betwe

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    5. Parent's Mental Illness and Kid's Autism

      May 5, 2008 -- Children born to a parent with schizophrenia or certain other mental illnesses may have an increased risk for autism, new research suggests. Parents of children diagnosed with autism were roughly twice as likely to have been hospitalized for a psychiatric disorder such as schizophreni

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    6. 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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    7. Parents of Autistic Kids Take Income Hit

      April 2, 2008 -- Parents of children with autism earn 14% less than parents who don't have autistic kids. That news appears in April's edition of Pediatrics. The finding is based on 11,000 U.S. children in kindergarten through eighth grade. The group included 131 children diagnosed with an autism sp

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    8. 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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    9. 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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    10. '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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