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Why People With Autism Are At Higher Risk For Sexual Abuse

By | Mon, 08/18/2014 - 08:41

Most of the autistic participants in a recent study reported being sexually victimized. They also reported getting their sex knowledge from television.

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Pregnant Women Who Develop An Infection At The Hospital More Likely To Have A Child With Autism

By | Mon, 12/23/2013 - 16:38

Pregnant women diagnosed with a bacterial infection are more likely to give birth to a child with autism, according to a new study.

Autism Spectrum Disorder

Autism Symptoms Alleviated By Manipulating Gut Bacteria In Mice

By | Thu, 12/19/2013 - 12:00

Recent autism studies have investigated the neurological disorder's link to trillions of tiny gut microbes found in the human body.


Can Non-specialists Deliver Effective Treatment To Children With ASD And Intellectual Disabilities?

By | Tue, 12/17/2013 - 17:00

A new study published reviews non-specialist interventions and finds they can be effective in treating children and adolescents with intellectual disability or lower functioning autism spectrum disorders.

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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.


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.


Autistic Patient’s Amygdala, Brain's Face Recognition Region, Activates Different Neurons

By | Wed, 11/20/2013 - 12:00

Researchers found that the amygdala, the region of the brain connected to emotion and face recognition, activates different neurons in autistic patients, who generally focus more on the mouth than the eyes.

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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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Autism And Language Impairment Share A Genetic Link

By | Thu, 10/31/2013 - 17:39

A disorder called ‘specific language impairment’ may be caused by the same genetic variants that lead to language difficulties in some children with autism.


Children Born To Mothers With Lupus Have Twice The Risk Of Autism

By | Sun, 10/27/2013 - 17:40

Children born to mothers with lupus may be twice as likely to develop autism spectrum disorders.

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Autistic Children Appear Less Friendly To Peers

By | Fri, 10/18/2013 - 12:12

Peers perceive autistic children as less friendly due to their poor facial expressivity.

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Autism Rates Level Off In The UK, But Rise In The US

By | Wed, 10/16/2013 - 18:30

The number of autism cases in the US continues to rise, while the condition has leveled off in the UK.

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Missing Autistic Teen: $70,000 Reward Intensifies Search For Avonte Oquendo

By | Mon, 10/14/2013 - 16:46

A $75,000 reward is being offered for the safe return of Avonte Oquendo, a missing autistic teen.