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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.

By Karen Gaudette Brewer
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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.

By Diane Domina
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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.

By Diane Domina
Depressed young man.
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.

By Diane Domina
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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.

By Diane Domina
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.

By Diane Domina
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.

By Diane Domina
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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.

By Pauline Campos
Rowland 'Roly' Egerton-Warbuton and his big blue eyes.
Baby

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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Parenting

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