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  1. Fragile X Study May Hold Autism Clue

    June 28, 2007 -- Scientists report reversing symptoms of fragile X syndrome, a common genetic cause of autism and mental retardation, in lab tests on mice. The findings may eventually lead to the development of drugs for fragile X syndrome and perhaps for autism, according to the researchers. "Our s

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  2. Court Weighs Autism-Vaccine Link

    June 11, 2007 -- Federal courts are now set to decide whether there is a link between autism and childhood vaccines. But what do medical experts think? Parents are suing the federal government, claiming that a preservative in childhood vaccines led to autism in their children. Typically, symptoms of

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  3. Study: No Thimerosal Link to Autism

    May 16, 2007 -- New research adds to the evidence showing no causal link between autism and the mercury-containing preservative thimerosal. Researchers compared records of children exposed to thimerosal while in the womb and those not exposed and found no difference in autism rates. The study is one

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  4. Moms of Autistic Kids Cope Well

    May 7, 2007 -- The shock of a mother finding out her child has autism is life-changing for most. But a new study shows moms can fare well emotionally and still have a strong bond with their child. Christina Adams says when her son Jonah’s diagnosis was confirmed around the time of his third birthday

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  5. Siblings of Autistic Kids Also at Risk

    May 4, 2007 -- Toddler siblings of autistic children are more likely to exhibit some of the same atypical social behaviors as their brothers and sisters with autism, even when they don't go on to develop the disorder, new research shows. The siblings in the study were less likely to seek emotional c

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  6. New Early Clue to Autism

    April 2, 2007 -- Babies that don't respond to their names by age 1 likely have a developmental abnormality -- perhaps even autism, a MIND Institute study shows. "Failure to respond to name at the well-child 1-year checkup may be a useful indicator of children who would benefit from a more thorough d

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  7. Autistic Kids May Read People's Eyes

    March 26, 2007 -- Autistic children may be able to read people's emotions from their facial expressions, new research shows. The eyes and mouth may be the facial areas that autistic kids pay the most attention to, British autism researchers report in Child Development. Their findings counter previou

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  8. Glitches in Gene Linked to Autism

    March 22, 2007 -- Japanese researchers report that glitches in a gene they studied -- called the CADPS2 gene -- may be associated with autism. Several other genes have been linked to autism. However, the disorder's exact cause and its full genetic profile are not yet established. Last week, an Ameri

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  9. Many Gene Glitches May Up Autism Risk

    March 15, 2007 -- People with autism may have more DNA mutations sprinkled throughout their genes than those without autism, a new study shows. The study focuses on spontaneous mutations, not inherited gene glitches that are handed down from parent to child. Such spontaneous mutations may affect 100

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  10. 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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