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New Study by CDC Finds Number of Early Childhood Vaccines Not Linked to Autism

A large new government study should reassure parents who are afraid that kids are getting autism because they receive too many vaccines too early in life. The study, by researchers at the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, found no connection between the number of vaccines a child received and his or her risk of autism spectrum disorder. It also found that even though kids are getting more vaccines these days, those vaccines contain many fewer of the substances that provoke an immune response.


Scientists develop genetic test to predict autism


Australian scientists have developed a genetic test to predict autism spectrum disorder in children, which could provide a long-sought way for early detection and intervention, according to a study published on Wednesday.


Studies overstate drugs' ability to treat autism symptoms: report

Publication bias: It has long been a problem in medical research. Studies that show a drug or treatment is effective are more likely to be published than studies with negative findings.


Scientist zeroing in on autism indicators in infants' brains


It was a clue — the kind of clue medical researchers notice. Intent on finding answers about autism, now estimated to affect 1 of every 88 children, they followed it, poking and prodding and scanning, prying open its secrets.


Doctors want to redefine autism; parents worried

For the first time in nearly two decades, experts are trying to rewrite the definition of autism.


CDC: Autism cases in U.S. kids up 78%


The number of children with autism in the U.S. continues to rise, with 1 in 88 having some form of autism spectrum disorder, according to a report by federal officials.


How Kids With Autism Spend Screen Time

Watching TV

Children with autism spectrum disorders (ASDs) tend to be preoccupied with screen-based media. A new study by Paul Shattuck, PhD, assistant professor at the Brown School at Washington University in St. Louis, looks at how children with ASDs spend their "screen time."

Senh: The study doesn't say whether or not watching too much tv or playing too much video games causes autism. It just says that autistic kids prefers to do those activities, and therefore parents should use those devices to teach their kids to be more social.


Which Kids Will 'Grow Out' of Autism?


Susan Elmer juggles the many needs of her 15-year-old son, Timothy, who has lived most of his life with Asperger's syndrome, a condition considered on the spectrum of autism disorders. The telltale signs of Asperger's -- which include communication difficulties, obsession with narrow subjects and a difficulty picking up on certain social cues -- make crucial activities like learning in a school setting a challenge.

Senh: I'm didn't know that kids can grow out of Autism. That in itself is good news for me.


Autistic kids' siblings more likely to share condition than thought

Siblings of kids with autism have a higher risk of being diagnosed with the disorder than previously believed, suggests a new study.


Research Uncovers Raised Rate of Autism

Research Uncovers Raised Rate of Autism

An ambitious six-year effort to gauge the rate of childhood autism in a middle-class South Korean city has yielded a figure that stunned experts and is likely to influence the way the disorder’s prevalence is measured around the world, scientists reported on Monday.


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