MRI Can Detect Autism Risk in Infants

Researchers say an overgrowth of brain volume—detectable by magnetic resonance imaging, or MRI scan—may determine if a child will be diagnosed with autism. Autism spectrum disorders (ASD) are developmental disabilities with behavioral symptoms that v...

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Baby's Response to Bright Light May Be Linked to Autism Risk

Babies whose eyes react more strongly than normal to bright light have a higher risk of being diagnosed with autism than those whose eyes react normally to light, according to a study published in Nature Communications.

By Diane Domina

U.S. Autism Rate Rises

A report from the Centers from Disease Control and Prevention indicates that prevalence of autism spectrum disorder in the United States increased 15 percent from 2012 to 2014.

By Diane Domina

Study Adds to Concerns About Pain Reliever Use During Pregnancy

Research has shown that long-term use of the pain reliever acetaminophen during pregnancy may be associated with an increased risk for neurodevelopmental problems like attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and autism spectrum disorders (ASD...

By Diane Domina

Why Eye Contact Can Be So Distressing

Research shows some avoid eye contact because it causes anxiety rather than because they lack empathy.

By Pauline Campos

ADNP Syndrome: From Powerless to Empowered

A family learns their son has a rare neurodevelopmental disorder ― and they fight back.

By Vera Gibbons

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