Research

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.

Study: Group Approach May Help Parents Of Kids With Autism

With group training sessions, researchers say parents can learn to successfully incorporate autism therapy techniques into their everyday interactions with their children.

Study Finds Link Between Air Toxics, Autism

A new study has found links between autism and exposure to higher levels of certain air toxics during pregnancy and the first two years of life.

In Siblings, Autism Signs Often Apparent At 18 Months

About 20 percent of younger siblings of those with autism are on the spectrum too and they often show symptoms of the developmental disorder as young as 18 months, researchers say.

Autism Symptoms Eased By Broccoli Extract, Study Finds

A chemical that’s found in broccoli and other vegetables may be able to dramatically improve behavior and social skills in those with autism, researchers say.

Parent Training Shows Promise For Kids With Autism

Monthly home visits to teach parents how to best work with their children with autism can go a long way toward improving kids’ interactions, researchers say.

Impaired Prediction Ability May Be Behind Autism

An inability to place behaviors in context — such as what usually comes before or after a smile, a cry or a shout — could be at the root of autism, researchers say.

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.

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