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Risk Factors

Autism Treatment: Some Kids Miss Out

As many as one third of U.S. children diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) don't get behavioral or medication treatment to help them manage their neurodevelopmental challenges.

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Brain

Autism May Affect as Many as 1 in 40 U.S. Kids

Results of a nationwide survey of parents suggest autism spectrum disorders affect about 2.5 percent of children — 1.5 million kids — in the United States.

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Risk Factors

Could Zinc Deficiency In Utero Lead to Autism?

Autism has been linked to genetic and environmental factors, such as zinc deficiency. A new study provides more information about the zinc-autism connection.

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Complications

Autism Spectrum Disorders Raise Depression Risk

Young adults with autism are more likely to have depression than those without autism spectrum disorder (ASD), according to a Swedish study.

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Risk Factors

PCOS and Autism: What's the Connection?

According to a British study, polycystic ovary syndrome increases a woman’s risk for having a child with autism.

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Risk Factors

Diabetes During Pregnancy Raises Autism Risk

Type 1 diabetes, type 2 diabetes, and gestational diabetes all increase a woman’s risk of having a child with an autism, according to this study.

Infant eye exam.

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.

Autism

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.

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Medication

Is Acetaminophen Unsafe While Pregnant?

This recent study found that long-term use of the pain reliever acetaminophen during pregnancy can lead to neurodevelopmental problems.

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Relationships

Why Eye Contact Can Be So Distressing

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