Jenny McCarthy Shoots Down Rumors That She Changed Her Stance On Vaccines

By | Mon, 01/06/2014 - 15:45

"The View" host, Jenny McCarthy, shot down recent claims that she had changed her controversial stance on vaccinations, which she says cause autism in children.


Autism Gets A Better Screening Tool

By | Mon, 12/23/2013 - 16:01

A commonly used assessment for autism has now been revised and has been proven to spot the developmental disorder with more accuracy and at an earlier age.


Autism Ability To Remember Faces Tied To Oxytocin ‘Love’ Gene

By | Mon, 12/23/2013 - 15:00

Gene mutation in oxytocin receptor tied to facial recognition ability in autistic children.

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Jury's Still Out On Link Between Infants' Gaze And Autism

By | Sat, 12/14/2013 - 16:12

A researcher of cognitive developmental disorders challenges a study that linked the rate of decline in babies' eye contact between the ages of 2 to 6 months to autism spectrum disorder.


Teacher Who Fed Autistic Boy Hot Sauce-Soaked Crayons Rehired By Same School

By | Fri, 12/13/2013 - 17:32

Florida teacher Lillian Gomez was rehired by the same school from which she was fired for allegedly force-feeding hot sauce-soaked crayons to a student with autism.


2013 US Measles Surge Underscores The Dangers Of Anti-Vaccine Campaigns

By | Thu, 12/05/2013 - 18:32

This year's spike in measles infections highlights the public health dangers of anti-vaccine movements and pseudoscience.


Probiotic Therapy Slashes Autism Symptoms In Mice

By | Thu, 12/05/2013 - 12:00

A new type of probiotic therapy may reverse cognitive and behavioral symptoms associated with autism spectrum disorders.

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Does Pollution Cause Autism?

By | Tue, 12/03/2013 - 11:52

A study's assessment of young children found that a certain gene mutation along with prenatal exposure to pollution compounded the likelihood for autism.

Autism 'Risk Genes' Mapped By Function

Autism ‘Risk Genes’ Can Be Mapped By Function

By | Thu, 11/21/2013 - 13:54

Although autism spectrum disorder shares common risk genes with intellectual disability, the two disorders develop distinctly as the brain grows in utero.

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Boys With Autism May Suffer Sleep Issues From Bedroom TVs

By | Wed, 11/20/2013 - 12:55

Bedroom access to screen-based media, such as a TV or computer, may yield sleeping problems for boys with autism.


Autistic People More Likely To Have Synesthesia, A Kind Of Sensory Hypersensitivity

By | Tue, 11/19/2013 - 19:00

Cambridge University researchers found a possible link between synesthesia, the condition where people mix two senses, and autism.

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iPad's Speech Generating Apps May Enhance Autistic Children's Ability To Speak

By | Tue, 11/19/2013 - 10:28

iPads may serve as effective speech-generating devices for older autistic children who have severe verbal difficulties.

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Girls Better At Hiding Autism Than Boys Leading To An Underdiagnosis

By | Mon, 11/18/2013 - 12:47

Girls could be better at hiding their autistic traits in familiar social situations, leading to an underdiagnosis of autistic girls.

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Kids With Autism Have Hyperconnected Brain Areas

By | Thu, 11/07/2013 - 12:21

Two recent studies find that the brains of children with autism are hyperconnected in ways that relate to symptom severity.


Signs Of Autism Detected In Children As Young As 6 Months Old

By | Wed, 11/06/2013 - 13:00

Using eye-tracking technology, researchers were able to detect signs of autism in 2- to 6-month-old infants.