Study Finds New Link To Autism

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New research in the autism field has drawn a startling conclusion: Women with polycystic ovarian syndrome, or PCOS, are 59 percent more likely to give birth to a child with autism than those without the disorder. The study, published in the journal Molecular Psychiatry, pinpoints exposure to certain sex hormones early in life as the... Read more

Autism May Be Diagnosed Early By Sense Of Smell

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We recently told you that tracking an infant's eye patterns can help detect autism earlier. But a new study is relying on a different sense for early detection: smell. A simple sniff test accurately determined whether or not a toddler had autism spectrum disorder (ASD) 81 percent of the time. Researchers noticed that... Read more

Better Perception Skills, Better Chance Of Autism

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Roughly one out of every 68 kids are diagnosed with autism in the US, although not usually before ages four or five. But new research is identifying superior perceptual skills linked to the disorder early in infancy, before the onset of other symptoms. And it's suggesting this advanced perception be the hallmark of autism, rather than social... Read more

New Study: No Link Between MMR Vaccine and Autism

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After following over 95,000 kids who received their MMR vaccines, researchers came to a definitive conclusion: the measles, mumps and rubella vaccine is not linked to development of autism spectrum disorders (ASD). The study, published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), also found that MMR vaccines didn't increase autism... Read more

Detecting Autism: Is Your Pediatrician Proactive Enough?

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Feel like there's a disconnect between you and your pediatrician? You're not alone. A soon-to-be published study in the Journal of Pediatrics examined how healthcare providers reacted (or didn't react) when parents voiced concerns about their children -- and discovered that it plays a major role in delayed autism diagnoses. A group of Oregon-based... Read more

World Autism Awareness Day: What You Need to Know

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Seeing a lot of blue outfits today? It's the color people are wearing to support World Autism Awareness Day. An estimated 1 in 68 children in the US have an autism spectrum disorder (ASD). What does that mean exactly? Could your child be at risk? And if so, what then? We’ve got answers. Some children are... Read more

Study Links BPA Exposure to Autism

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For the first time, researchers have found a link between BPA and autism spectrum disorder (ASD) in kids. Researchers from Rowan University and Rutgers University found that bisphenol-A (BPA), a plasticizer commonly used in consumer food and drink containers, isn't easily metabolized by kids with autism. "It has been suspected for a lot of years... Read more

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