Research

Saliva Test Shows Promise For Diagnosing Autism

A first-of-its-kind study suggests that protein levels in the saliva of children with autism differ from those without the developmental disorder.

Autism Speaks Alters Position On Vaccines

Amid concerns about measles, the nation’s largest autism advocacy group has updated its stance on vaccines and autism, but remains mum on whether it will fund further studies on the issue.

Study: By Age 6, Some With Autism See Improvement

New research suggests that young children with autism experience dramatically different trajectories, with some seeing improvement in their symptoms by age 6.

Autism Genes Often Differ, Even Among Siblings

Adding to confusion about the roots of autism, new research suggests that varying genes are often responsible for the disorder even among siblings who share a diagnosis.

Parent-Led Intervention May Lower Kids’ Autism Risk

Training parents to enhance social interactions with their infant children may reduce the likelihood that kids at risk for autism will ultimately develop the disorder, researchers say.

Doctor Visits May Be Insufficient To Spot Autism

Routine visits to the pediatrician are often far too short to accurately identify children at risk for autism, a new study suggests.

CDC Stepping Up Autism Monitoring Efforts

As federal officials launch a new round of autism surveillance, they’re looking at more than prevalence alone, with plans to track diagnostic changes, younger kids and other disabilities.

Pets May Boost Social Skills In Kids With Autism

Living with dogs, cats or other pets may help children with autism acquire social skills, researchers say in a new study that finds greater engagement among those with animals in the home.

Mounting Evidence Points To Air Pollution, Autism Link

Exposure to high levels of air pollution during pregnancy — particularly during later stages — may double a woman’s risk of having a child with autism, a new Harvard study suggests.

Researchers Identify Autism ‘Thought-Marker’

Autism diagnosis currently relies on clinical evaluation, but a new study suggests it may be possible to detect the disorder with near perfect accuracy using brain scans.

Cancer Drug May Play Role In Treating Fragile X

A potential cancer treatment may also relieve behavioral symptoms of a condition associated with autism and intellectual disability, researchers say.

Future Uncertain For National Children’s Study

An effort to track the health of 100,000 kids from birth to adulthood may stop before its official start in a potential setback for those looking for answers on autism and other disorders.

Minorities Often Skipped In Autism Identification

The number of schoolchildren with autism has increased nationwide in recent years, but a new study suggests that some kids are still being overlooked.

Study Offers Clues To Soaring Autism Rates

The substantial rise in autism in recent years is primarily, but not entirely, due to changes in how the developmental disorder is defined and reported, a new study suggests.

More Than 100 Genes Tied To Autism

Scientists say they’ve identified scores of genes linked to autism, offering a greater understanding of the roots of the developmental disorder that could lead to better treatments.

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