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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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.

By Diane Domina

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.

By Diane Domina

Moms With Diabetes Have a Higher Risk of Kids With Autism

Type 1 diabetes, type 2 diabetes, and gestational diabetes increase a woman’s risk of having a child with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD), according to a new study published in JAMA.

By Diane Domina

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

Sensory Brain Development for Children with Autism

Foods, scents, and toys such as play dough can all make for sensory experiences important for a child’s development.

By Jackie Edwards

Rise in Autism Diagnoses Could Be a Result of Reclassification

We know that the number of autism diagnoses continues to rise. In 1975, scientists estimated that one child in 5,000 has autism spectrum disorder (ASD). By 2002, that had changed to 1 in 150 and today it is 1 in 68. What has caused this very signific...

By Eileen Bailey

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