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Increased Autism Rate Linked to Induced or Augmented Childbirth

Increased Autism Rate Linked to Induced or Augmented Childbirth

Jupiterimages/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Boys born to mothers who needed assistance inducing or augmenting birth may have a higher risk of autism, according to a new study.The research, published in the Journal of the American Medical Association Pediatri…

People with Autism Find Job Niche in Tech

People with Autism Find Job Niche in Tech

Fuse(BROOKFIELD, Ill.) — Phillip Griffin graduated high school with honors in 2009, but despite his good grades and interest in math and science, finding a job proved difficult.
That’s because Griffin, 22, has autism spectrum disorder, a developmental…

Half of All Autistic Kids Will Run Away, Tragedy Often Follows

Half of All Autistic Kids Will Run Away, Tragedy Often Follows

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Nearly half of all children with autism will run away and potentially go missing at least once before their 17th birthday, according to a study by the American Academy of Pediatrics. Of those who run away, what clin…

Genetic Link between Autism, Schizophrenia, Other Disorders Found

Genetic Link between Autism, Schizophrenia, Other Disorders Found

BananaStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Mental illnesses such as schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, and autism may have a genetic link, according to a new study out Wednesday.
A new study, published in the Lancet, compared the genes of 33,000 people with sch…

Which Congressman Is Blocking Bill That Would Protect Kids with Autism?

Which Congressman Is Blocking Bill That Would Protect Kids with Autism?

Architect of the Capitol(WASHINGTON) — Legislation aimed at protecting children with autism and other disabilities from being injured in school has stalled in the House of Representatives at the hands of a single member who objects to federal interven…

Flu During Pregnancy Linked to Autism, Survey Says

Flu During Pregnancy Linked to Autism, Survey Says

Comstock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Mothers who reported having the flu during pregnancy were at least twice as likely to have a child with autism as those who did not report having the flu, according to new survey results from a Danish study. While the s…

Wandering More Common in Autistic Children than Once Thought

Wandering More Common in Autistic Children than Once Thought

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Bolting from home is a familiar phenomenon for many families who have children with autism, but a new study now suggests these episodes happen more frequently than previously thought.Nearly half the children who have…

Wandering More Common in Autistic Children than Once Thought

Wandering More Common in Autistic Children than Once Thought

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Bolting from home is a familiar phenomenon for many families who have children with autism, but a new study now suggests these episodes happen more frequently than previously thought.Nearly half the children who have…

New Drug Offers Hope for Autism Patients

New Drug Offers Hope for Autism Patients

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(CHICAGO) — Researchers have found a drug that can help patients with Fragile X syndrome stay calm in social situations by treating their anxiety. Dr. Elizabeth Berry-Kravis and her team found that a drug called Arbaclofen reduce…

Donald Trump Plays Doctor on Twitter with Autism Claims

Donald Trump Plays Doctor on Twitter with Autism Claims

Mike Stobe/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Mostly quiet since his last birther allegation, Donald Trump Thursday to went on Twitter to peddle a theory that claims vaccinations cause autism in young children.“Massive combined inoculations to small child…

Why Older Men Are at Greater Risk of Fathering Autistic Kids

Why Older Men Are at Greater Risk of Fathering Autistic Kids

Comstock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Researchers in Iceland think they’ve figured out why dads who postpone fatherhood to later in life are more prone to have children with problems like autism and schizophrenia.The simple answer: older dads transmit genet…

Teen with Autism Told Not to Use iPad During Plane Takeoff

Teen with Autism Told Not to Use iPad During Plane Takeoff

Carly’s brother Matthew Fleischmann (left) with Carly (center) and her mother Tammy Fleischmann (right) in October 2011. (Courtesy Arthur Fleischmann)(NEW YORK) — A teenager with autism, flying on American Airlines, was nearly forced to turn off the …

Autism Transplant Denial Sparks Debate

Autism Transplant Denial Sparks Debate

Jupiterimages/Thinkstock(PHILADELPHIA) — It was hard enough for Karen Corby to hear that her autistic son would need a heart transplant to survive, but it was even harder to take the news that doctors wouldn’t give him one.”I was numb at first,” Corby…

Rob Schneider Speaks Out Against Childhood Vaccinations

Rob Schneider Speaks Out Against Childhood Vaccinations

Gustavo Caballero/Getty Images(SACRAMENTO, Calif.) — You can add Rob Schneider to the list of celebrities speaking out against childhood vaccinations.  The former Saturday Night Live star was among those attending a hearing last week on Californi…

EEGs May Someday Be Able to Diagnose Autism

EEGs May Someday Be Able to Diagnose Autism

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(BOSTON) — A readily available brain test could someday be used to diagnose autism in children as young as 2 years old, offering the potential for earlier intervention, according to a new study published online in the journal BMC…

Donated Brains Damaged in Harvard Freezer

Donated Brains Damaged in Harvard Freezer

Tom Landers/The Boston Globe via Getty Images(BELMONT, Mass.) — A freezer failure at the Harvard Brain Tissue Resource Center damaged one-third of the world’s largest donated brain collection for autism research.A total of 93 donated brains were…

‘Sensory Integration Therapies’ Lack Evidence, AAP Says

‘Sensory Integration Therapies’ Lack Evidence, AAP Says

File photo. Michael Blann/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Woody Sims was a gifted boy. His mother said he began reading at a very early age, and he was a bright student in preschool.To those around him, his development in his early years seemed normal. But in …

Autistic Boys Caged ‘to Keep Them Safe,’ Suspect Testifies

Autistic Boys Caged ‘to Keep Them Safe,’ Suspect Testifies

Brand X Pictures/Thinkstock(VANCOUVER, Wash.) — A Vancouver, Wash., man accused of imprisoning his two autistic sons in a room with a “cage-like” door testified that he’d heard on TV that it was OK to lock a child in a room for safety, and his former …

Many Children with Autism Diagnosed Late, Study Finds

Many Children with Autism Diagnosed Late, Study Finds

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Many children may be diagnosed with autism years too late to benefit from early behavioral intervention, according to 2011 national survey findings released Thursday from the National Institute of Mental Health.Inten…

Head and Neck Weakness May Be a Sign of Autism in 6-Month-Olds

Head and Neck Weakness May Be a Sign of Autism in 6-Month-Olds

David De Lossy/Digital Vision(BALTIMORE) — While it has been known that weak head and neck control in babies may signal developmental delays, new research provided exclusively to ABC News revealed that it could also signal autism.A simple pull-to-sit …

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