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  1. Flu During Pregnancy May Be Linked to Autism Risk

    Nov. 12, 2012 -- Children born to mothers who had the flu during pregnancy or fevers lasting more than a week may have a slightly higher risk for autism, new research suggests. "Our findings are interesting for research purposes, but they should not alarm women who are pregnant," says researcher Hjo

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  2. Early Autism Treatment Benefits Kids' Brains

    Oct. 29, 2012 -- Early, intensive autism treatment improves children's brain development, a new study shows. The treatment, dubbed Early Start Denver Model or ESDM, offers a child 20 hours a week of one-on-one treatment with a trained therapist. It also calls for many more hours of the treatment, in

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  3. Too Many Autistic Children Wander Off

    Oct. 8, 2012 -- Like many parents with an autistic child, Lori McIlwain worries that her 12-year-old son, Connor, will wander away from school, home, or other safe places. It has happened more than once. When he was 7, Connor left his school’s playground unnoticed and walked toward a busy four-lane

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  4. Most Children With Autism Diagnosed at 5 or Older

    May 24, 2012 -- New research provides a snapshot of what life is like for school-aged children with autism spectrum disorder in the U.S. The findings, which appear in the NCHS Data Brief, highlight areas where there is room for improvement, including earlier diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder and

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  5. Infant Head Lag May Signal Autism

    May 16, 2012 -- Infants who show developmental delays in head and neck muscle control may be at increased risk for autism, a new study suggests. Though preliminary, the findings are among the first to suggest that delays in motor development during infancy may be an early warning sign of autism. How

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  6. Autism: Life After High School a Challenging Time

    May 14, 2012 -- This year in the U.S. about 50,000 children with autism will transition to young adulthood, and for many -- especially those without economic advantages -- this transition will be far from smooth, new research indicates. The first nationally representative study of education and empl

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  7. Benefits of Antidepressants in Autism Overstated?

    April 23, 2012 -- Antidepressants probably don't help kids with autism as much as has been believed, a new research review shows. Kids with autism often repeat certain words or gestures. They might rock back and forth, or rapidly flick a hand over and over again. Or they may become fixated on a sing

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  8. Mom's Health While Pregnant Linked to Autism Risk

    April 9, 2012 -- Women who are obese and/or have diabetes or high blood pressure during pregnancy may be about 60% more likely to have babies with autism, a new study suggests. While the new research points to an association between mom's health during pregnancy and autism, it's important to note th

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  9. Autism Hits 1 in 88 U.S. Kids, 1 in 54 Boys

    March 29, 2012 -- One in every 88 U.S. children -- and one in 54 boys -- has autism, the CDC now estimates. The latest analysis, from a 2008 survey, shows autism is up 23% since 2006 and 78% since 2002. "This is a large number of children and families affected by autism," study leader Marshalyn Year

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  10. Autism Hurts Family Incomes

    March 19, 2012 -- Families of autistic children in the U.S. earn almost $18,000 less, on average, than families of normally developing children. And the mom’s pay takes the biggest hit, a new study shows. Mothers with autistic children earned less than half that of moms whose children had no health

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