Study: Maternal Obesity And Diabetes Bring 'Multiple Hits,' May Raise Autism Risk In Children
One expert says any woman thinking about becoming pregnant should make sure her health is as good as it can be -- in terms of nutrition, weight, infection -- all of these are factors can can affect risk of autism in children.
Autism, Then And Now: Sweeping New Book Puts 'Epidemic' In Perspective
A sweeping new book on autism, by the author of Wired magazine's landmark "Geek Syndrome" article, explores the past and present of autism and argues that as research continues on causes and prevalence, the most urgent need is for services for autistic adolescents and adults.
Big Study Finds Autism Risk Higher If Teen Mom Or Parental Age Gap
We already knew that children of older parents -- particularly fathers -- are at heightened risk for autism, but a big new study finds additional age-related risk factors: If the mother is a teen and if there's a gap in age between parents.
Tackling Autism In Babies? Small Study An 'Absolute Miracle,' Says Mom
In a small pilot study, researchers at the University of California Davis’ MIND Institute, began treating 7 babies who showed symptoms likely to turn into autism later. By their third birthdays, five of the children no longer exhibited any symptoms of autism, and a sixth was diagnosed with mild autism.
Autism: Awareness Helps, But What We Really Need Is Knowledge
It's autism awareness month, but one mother writes that what most frustrates parents of children with autism is not lack of awareness but lack of knowledge about the disorder: why it is rising, and what it means for social connections and inner lives.
Autism Study Blames Chemical Switch Not 'Flipped' At Birth
It’s too soon to tell whether bumetanide will be able to restore that balance to the brains of children with autism, but the researchers have started testing it in French and Spanish children with autism, ages 2-18, with results expected by the end of the year.