Research

Young People With Autism More Sedentary, Study Finds

Children with autism are far less physically active than their typically-developing peers, researchers say.

Taking Iron During Pregnancy May Cut Autism Risk In Half

A nutrient deficiency that’s common among pregnant women could impact the odds of giving birth to a child with autism, researchers say.

Study Points To More Reliable Autism Test

Assessing how quickly the brain responds to sights and sounds could offer a more precise and earlier method to diagnose autism, new research suggests.

Court Rejects Wakefield Lawsuit

Andrew Wakefield, whose now-discredited research first sparked concerns of a link between autism and vaccines, cannot pursue a defamation claim related to the matter, a court has ruled.

Autism Services Focus Of New Push

Federal officials say they’re embarking on a new effort to identify best practices to meet the needs of individuals with autism from childhood to adulthood.

Therapy For Infants May Stave Off Autism

An intervention for kids exhibiting signs of autism as young as 6 months is showing promise, researchers say, with most infants in a new study shedding their delays.

Kids With Autism See Big Gains With Tablets

Even with intervention, many children with autism continue to struggle with communication, but new research suggests that using iPads and other tablets can help maximize language skills.

Journal Retracts Autism Study Citing ‘Serious Concerns’

A new study suggesting that decade-old data from the CDC provides evidence of a link between autism and vaccines has been retracted amid concerns about its validity.

Head Size Not A Predictor Of Autism, Researchers Say

There’s long been talk of a connection between autism risk and infant head size, but a large new study suggests that no such link exists.

Many With Autism Lack Knowledge On Sex, Study Finds

Adults with autism face a greater risk of sexual victimization than their typically-developing peers, researchers say, and a lack of education could be part of the reason why.

Study Offers Clues To How Autism Develops

Kids with autism retain extra brain connections that other children weed out during development, researchers say in a new study that suggests drugs may be able to correct the issue.

‘Love Hormone’ Not Responsible For Autism, Study Finds

While some children with autism may benefit from taking oxytocin, low levels of the so-called “love hormone” do not appear responsible for causing the developmental disorder, researchers say.

Inflexibility May Be Hardwired In Those With Autism

Kids with autism have less flexible brains, researchers say in a new study that may help explain why switching from rest to a task can be particularly difficult for those on the spectrum.

Young People With Autism More Prone To Obesity

Even at young ages, individuals with autism are far more likely to be obese or overweight than their typically-developing peers, a new study finds.

Study: Vaccines Safe, Problems ‘Extremely Rare’

Further allaying fears about a link between vaccines and autism, a systematic review finds that immunizations are generally safe and that the benefits far outweigh risks.

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