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 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.

By Karen Gaudette Brewer

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.

By Diane Domina

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.

By Diane Domina

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

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