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Aug 8, 2019

Researchers Identify Genes That Increase Autism Risk, UCLA Study Says

Researchers Identify Genes That Increase Autism Risk, UCLA Study Says

A UCLA-led research team has identified dozens of genes, including 16 new genes, that increase the risk of autism spectrum disorder, according to a UCLA study published Thursday. The findings, published in the...

Apr 10, 2017

Tracking Bracelet Helps Family of Man With Autism

Tracking Bracelet Helps Family of Man With Autism

Police in Montgomery County have put tracking bracelets on about 50 young people with autism. They also have been used by people with Alzheimer's disease.

Mar 20, 2017

Muppet With Autism Arrives on 'Sesame Street' Set

Muppet With Autism Arrives on 'Sesame Street' Set

Folks on Sesame Street have a way of making everyone feel accepted. That certainly goes for Julia, a Muppet youngster with blazing red hair, bright green eyes — and autism. Rather than being treated like...

Mar 6, 2017

DNA Scan Uncovers 18 Genes Newly Associated With Autism

DNA Scan Uncovers 18 Genes Newly Associated With Autism

A new genetic analysis has uncovered 18 genes associated with autism, NBC News reported. The study observed people with autism and their relatives, and found that people with autism often had dozens of...

Feb 23, 2017

Study Builds Case Linking Autism, Infections During Pregnancy

Study Builds Case Linking Autism, Infections During Pregnancy

Women with active genital herpes infections early in their pregnancy were twice as likely to have a child with autism than women who did not, according to a study released Wednesday. NBC News reported that the

Feb 15, 2017

Brain Scans May Detect Signs of Autism in Infants

Brain Scans May Detect Signs of Autism in Infants

It may be possible to detect autism in babies before their first birthdays, a much earlier diagnosis than ever before, a small new study finds. Using magnetic-resonance imaging scans, researchers at the...

Mar 31, 2016

READ: New CDC Report on Autism Spectrum Disorder

Nov 13, 2015

New Survey Method Finds More Kids With Autism

New Survey Method Finds More Kids With Autism

A new government survey finds that more than 2 percent of U.S. kids have been diagnosed with autism — or 1 in 45 children aged 3 and older, NBC News reported. That seems like a startling increase from the last...

Mar 12, 2015

Blood Test May Spot Autism in Infants: Study

Blood Test May Spot Autism in Infants: Study

A blood-based measure could lead to a clinical test that could spot signs of autism in boys just 1 or 2 years old, a new study has found, a finding that could help children with autism get the help they...

Apr 8, 2014

Eatery Cancels Autism Fundraiser Due to Backlash

Eatery Cancels Autism Fundraiser Due to Backlash

Chili’s canceled fundraisers for over 1200 restaurants nationwide for a group that says that autism can be triggered by vaccinations, a position widely discredited by the medical community. To honor National...

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