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    1. Mercury Exposure and Autistic Behavior: No Link?

      By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, July 23 (HealthDay News) -- Children exposed to low levels of mercury in the womb because their mothers ate large amounts of fish during pregnancy don't appear to be at increased risk for autism, a new study suggests. Worry that low levels of mercury migh

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    2. Bacteria Levels in Gut Tied to Autism in Kids?

      By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, July 3 (HealthDay News) -- A link may exist between autism and bacteria in a child's digestive tract, a small new study suggests. Researchers analyzed gut bacteria in fecal samples from 20 children with autism and 20 children without the disorder. The c

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    3. Polluted Air Linked to Autism Risk

      By Denise Mann HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, June 18 (HealthDay News) -- Pregnant women who live in smog-filled areas may be twice as likely to have children with autism, a new study suggests. "The study does not prove that pollution increases risk for autism. It found an association," cautioned lead

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    4. Kids With Autism May Find Human Voice Unpleasant

      By Amy Norton HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, June 17 (HealthDay News) -- A new brain-imaging study could help explain why children with autism have difficulty with verbal communication: They may not get much pleasure from the human voice. Researchers found that those with the disorder showed weaker conn

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    5. Autism, ADHD Often Occur Together, Research Shows

      By Brenda Goodman HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, June 6 (HealthDay News) -- Almost 30 percent of young children with autism also show signs of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), a rate that's three times higher than it is in the general population, a new study shows. "We don't know the c

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    6. Sensory-Focused Autism Therapy Shows Early Promise

      By Mary Brophy Marcus HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, June 5 (HealthDay News) -- Smelling essential oils, walking across textured surfaces, immersing hands in warm water -- these are just some of the therapeutic experiences that boys with autism had while participating in a small new study. The scient

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    7. Word Tests May Predict Gains for Kids With Autism

      By Mary Elizabeth Dallas HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, May 29 (HealthDay News) -- Early brain responses to words may help predict future abilities in children with autism, a new study suggests. "We showed that a simple measure of how the brain responds to a familiar word taken at 2 years of age was

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    8. Extreme Birth Weights Tied to Autism

      By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter FRIDAY, May 3 (HealthDay News) -- A much larger or much smaller birth weight than average may be associated with an increased risk of autism, according to a large new study. Researchers examined data from more than 40,000 children in Sweden, and found that those w

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    9. Kelly the Robot Helps Kids Tackle Autism

      By Amy Norton HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, May 1 (HealthDay News) -- Using a kid-friendly robot during behavioral therapy sessions may help some children with autism gain better social skills, a preliminary study suggests. The study, of 19 children with autism spectrum disorders (ASDs), found that

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    10. Drug Shows Some Benefit for Kids With Autism

      By Kathleen Doheny HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, May 1 (HealthDay News) -- An experimental drug for autism did not improve levels of lethargy and social withdrawal in children who took it, but it did show some other benefits, a new study finds. Children on arbaclofen did improve on an overall measur

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