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Why early diagnosis of autism in children is a good thing

Many children with autism are put on waiting lists and miss out on early behavioural interventions and other benefits because health professionals …

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5 Things That Do NOT Cause Autism

It's been painful to read the long and varied list of what people believe causes autism. In the beginning, I would investigate every possible lead like it mattered. Soon, I would learn to pick and choose ideas from the mass of information that seemed plausible, or even remotely possible. More …

Scientists Implicate More Than 100 Genes In Causing Autism

The hunt to find genes that cause autism has been a long slog, one hampered by a lack of technology and families willing to be tested.<p>But the effort is starting to pay off. On Tuesday, researchers at more than 50 laboratories said they had identified more than 100 genes that are mutated in children …

Scientists link 60 genes to autism risk

Researchers have found dozens of new genes that may play a role in causing autism, according to two studies published Wednesday in the medical journal Nature.<p>Scientists identified 60 genes with a greater than 90% chance of increasing a child's autism risk. Previous research has yielded only 11 …

Study points to new genetic risks for autism

<b>A massive international study has started to unpick the "fine details" of why some people develop autism, researchers have said.</b><p>They looked at thousands of DNA samples from children with autism and their parents.<p>The results, in the journal Nature, linked 33 genes to the condition with many involved …

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Researchers Look At Why Autism Cases Are Increasing

By: Rachael Rettner<p>Published: 11/03/2014 04:04 PM EST on LiveScience<p>The percentage of children with autism worldwide has increased in recent years, but it's not clear whether this rise is due mainly to changes in how doctors diagnose autism and report cases, or if there is some factor in children's …

5 Life Lessons From Moms Who've Been There, Done Autism

We're always told to look to our elders for advice. We're supposed to take it firsthand from those who've "been there, done that." But when you have a child with autism, it often feels like you're making your way through an endless dark tunnel with no Yoda to guide you.<p><i>Where are all the wise elders</i> …

Uncovering the Early Signs of Autism

Recognizing early signs of autism spectrum disorders (ASDs) and seeking early intervention can make a world of difference in the life of a child with autism. Here, we share what you need to know about spotting signs of autism early.<p>When do early signs appear?<p>Research now suggests that children can …

Children of Color and Autism: Too Little, Too Late

Autism is rarely outside the media spotlight as our nation watches as experts try to find a cure and causes. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), one in 68 American children lives with autism daily, and for many of those children, daily life is a constant …

Pope Francis offers solidarity to people with autism

VATICAN CITY (AP) - Pope Francis tenderly embraced children with autism spectrum disorders, some of whom avoided meeting his gaze, during an audience Saturday aimed at offering solidarity to people living with the condition.<p>The pope urged governments and institutions to respond to the needs of …

Autism in children in Northern Ireland up 67%, says health department

<b>There has been a 67% increase in the number of school age children in Northern Ireland diagnosed as having autism across all trust areas, according to the Department of Health.</b><p>The figures include children with Asperger syndrome.<p>Boys are five times more likely to be affected, but the rate in girls …

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