Research

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A new study suggesting that decade-old data from the CDC provides evidence of a link between autism and vaccines has been retracted amid concerns about its validity.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

Validity Of CDC Autism Rates Questioned

With autism numbers rising every few years, some researchers in the field are sharply questioning the reliability of the government statistics.

Many Parents Of Kids With Autism Have Autistic Traits Too

Parents of children with autism are more likely to exhibit traits of the developmental disorder themselves, new research suggests.

Autism Act Clears House

Congress is one step closer to renewing the nation’s primary autism legislation.

Autism Linked To Pesticide Exposure During Pregnancy

A new study is adding to evidence that prenatal exposure to pesticides may significantly increase a child’s risk of autism.

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