autism

Will Doctors Soon Be Able to Diagnose Autism in Utero?

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A new genetic identifier, found by researchers at Seattle Children's Hospital and Research Institute, may allow doctors to diagnose autism before a baby is even born. Dr. Raphael Bernier, who led the study, discovered that a mutation in the CHD8 gene both significantly increases a fetus's likelihood to develop autism as well as causes many of the physical... read more

​Another Study Confirms That It’s Safe to Vaccinate

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It's been a hot topic for a while, and another study confirms definitively that vaccines are not only safe -- they're necessary. Though a small group of vocal anti-vaccine activists have suggested that immunizations are linked with autism, a collection of over 20,000 scientific titles and 67 papers put the kibosh on their protestations. Doctors, therefore,... read more

Does Baby’s Birth Weight Put Him At Higher Risk for Autism?

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New research, published in The American Journal of Psychiatry, has found "the first clear link" between babies who grow to above average size and birth and the risk of Autism Spectrum Disorder. Following a study of more than 40,000 children's health records in Sweden, a team of researchers from The University of Manchester,... read more

Laughter and Perspective: The Keys to Surviving a Child With Autism

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This is the fourth and final installment of Danica’s series on her son’s Autism diagnosis. In her first post, The Moment Autism Changed Everything, she shares how the autism diagnosis changed her family’s world. Her second post, Avoiding the Autism Diagnosis: Ignorance Is Not Bliss, takes us through coping with the... read more

Yes, My Son Is Autistic But No, He’s Not ‘Rain Man’

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This is the third installment of Danica’s four-part series on her son’s Autism diagnosis. In her first post, The Moment Autism Changed Everything, she shares how her son’s diagnosis changed her family’s world. Her second post, Avoiding the Autism Diagnosis: Ignorance Is Not Bliss, takes us through coping with her son's... read more

Avoiding the Autism Diagnosis: Ignorance Is Not Bliss

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This is the second installment of Danica's four-part series on her son's Autism diagnosis. In her first post, The Moment Autism Changed Everything, she shares how her son's diagnosis changed her family's world. Danica is a stay at home mom of 3 who spends most of her time homeschooling and cleaning up the path... read more

The Moment Autism Changed Everything

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This blog post was written by Danica, a stay at home mom of 3 who spends most of her time homeschooling and cleaning up the path of destruction her autistic son leaves. You can follow his antics at http://laffytaffyandwine.blogspot.com/. My world “officially” changed on February 25, 2003, when my husband and I sat at... read more

Men Have a Biological Clock Too, But Why Is That a Good Thing?

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This guest post was written by The Bump executive editor Rebecca Dolgin. In case you missed it, last week a study published in Nature linked a father’s age to autism, schizophrenia and other diseases. According to the piece, fathers passed on four times as many genetic mutations as mothers. This is bad news.... read more

Maternal Diabetes and Obesity Can Put Baby at Risk for Autism

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Here’s another reason to watch your nutrition during pregnancy: Moms who have diabetes or are overweight are more likely to have a child with autism. A new study published in Pediatrics by researchers affiliated with the UC Davis MIND Institute found that moms who were obese were one to two-thirds more likely to... read more

New Autism Risk Factors! Dad’s Age and Preterm or Post-term Delivery

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It’s Autism Awareness Month, and there’s a lot that’s unknown about autism spectrum disorders (ASDs), so we’ve been hearing quite a bit about the latest studies on the subject. Here’s the latest scoop on some things that could increase a child’s risk of having an ASD or having more severe ASD symptoms. Dad’s Age Researchers... read more