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  1. Another Study Sees No Vaccine-Autism Link

    By Amy Norton HealthDay Reporter FRIDAY, March 29 (HealthDay News) -- Although some parents worry about the sheer number of vaccines babies typically receive, a new U.S. government study finds no evidence that more vaccinations increase the risk of autism. Looking at about 1,000 U.S. children with o

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  2. 1 in 50 School-Aged Children in U.S. Has Autism

    By Steven Reinberg HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, March 20 (HealthDay News) -- The number of children in the United States with autism spectrum disorder has jumped dramatically since 2007, federal health officials reported Wednesday. As of 2012, one in 50 kids between the ages of 6 and 17 has some fo

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  3. Older Dads More Likely to Have Autistic Grandkid?

    By E.J. Mundell HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, March 20 (HealthDay News) -- The odds that a child will develop autism could be linked to their grandfather's age at the time they were born, a new Swedish study suggests. The study found that men who fathered a child at the age of 50 or older were more

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  4. Can Therapy Dogs Help Kids With Autism?

    By Amy Norton HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, Feb. 26 (HealthDay News) -- For children with autism, trained dogs may offer not only a furry friend, but some therapeutic benefits, too, a new research review finds. There is a "substantial body of evidence" that dogs act as "social catalysts," even encoura

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  5. Folic Acid in Pregnancy May Lower Autism Risk

    By Steven Reinberg HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, Feb. 12 (HealthDay News) -- A new study suggests that women who start taking folic acid supplements either before or early in their pregnancy may reduce their child's risk of developing autism. "The study does not prove that folic acid supplements can p

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  6. Study: Don't Overlook Eating Issues Tied to Autism

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter SATURDAY, Feb. 9 (HealthDay News) -- Children with autism are five times more likely than other kids to have feeding issues, such as being especially picky eaters or having ritualistic behaviors or extreme tantrums during meals, new research finds. These problems

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  7. Recovering From Autism Possible, Study Suggests

    Jan. 15, 2013 -- The idea that some children recover from autism remains controversial, but new research lends credibility to the notion. The National Institutes of Health-funded study included children, teens, and young adults who received a diagnosis of autism early in life but moved off the autis

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  8. Asperger's and Violence: Experts Weigh In

    Dec. 19, 2012 -- Reports that Newtown shooter Adam Lanza had Asperger’s syndrome, a highly functioning form of autism, have led some to wonder whether that diagnosis could have played a role in the mass shooting, which killed 20 children and six adults at a Connecticut elementary school last week. A

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  9. Generic Drug May Ease Autism in Children

    Dec. 11, 2012 -- An inexpensive generic drug may ease autism in children, a small new study shows. The drug, bumetanide, is a diuretic, or a drug that rids the body of extra water through urine. It’s been FDA-approved since 1983 to reduce fluid buildup in patients with heart failure, kidney disease,

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  10. Air Pollution May Raise Autism Risk

    Nov. 26, 2012 -- Being exposed to high levels of air pollution from traffic may raise the risk of autism, researchers say. "Children exposed to higher levels of traffic-related pollutants during pregnancy or during the first year of life were at increased risk of autism compared to children exposed

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