Research

Kids With Autism See Big Benefits From Massage

Massage can lessen autism severity in the months following diagnosis, making the treatment an effective early intervention, a new study suggests.

GI Troubles May Be Early Sign Of Autism

Gastrointestinal issues common among many on the spectrum are often apparent in infancy — well before individuals are diagnosed with the developmental disorder, researchers say.

Autism Largely Rooted In Genetics, Study Finds

Genes may be more responsible for autism than previously thought, researchers say, with the developmental disorder traced to heritability in the vast majority of cases.

Study Links Autism Genes To Higher Intelligence

Children who inherit genes that raise the risk of autism but don’t actually develop the disorder may inherit higher-than-average intelligence, researchers say.

Study Finds Merit In Autism Blood Test

A blood test may be able to accurately identify children with autism as young as 12 months, new research suggests.

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.

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