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  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. 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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