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Study: Autism Moms Face Greater Risk Of Heart Disease

Raising a child with autism may take a deeper toll than previously thought with new research suggesting that such moms face a heightened risk of heart disease.

September 23, 2016

Autism Biobank Aims To Help Research

An ambitious effort to collect genetic information from thousands with autism could yield big answers about the disorder. That is, if researchers can attract enough participants.

September 16, 2016
New research suggests that iPad games may offer more than entertainment for kids, potentially serving as a tool to help spot those who are on the autism spectrum. (Bob Chamberlin/Los Angeles Times/TNS)

Can iPads Detect Signs Of Autism?

Tracking children's movement patterns while they play iPad games may be enough to identify which kids have autism, researchers say.

September 6, 2016

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Autism Genes Vary, Even Among Siblings

Within families with multiple kids on the spectrum, varying genetic roots are often at play, according to a new study that's highlighting just how complicated the developmental disorder is.

August 30, 2016
Taking a diabetes drug may reduce the risk of weight gain in children with autism who are prescribed antipsychotics, new research suggests. (Thinkstock)

For Kids On The Spectrum, Drug May Keep Weight Gain At Bay

Weight gain is often a downside of taking medication to address autism symptoms, but a new study suggests that a commonly-used drug may counteract this unwanted side effect.

August 25, 2016
A man swims in the Trinity River in Dallas. Field tests in recent years have found river sediment with high levels of PCBs. (G.J. McCarthy/The Dallas Morning News/TNS)

Banned Chemicals May Increase Autism Odds

Chemicals banned decades ago still appear to be lingering with a new study finding a significantly higher risk for autism among children exposed to certain compounds during pregnancy.

August 23, 2016

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Early Autism Diagnosis Key To Effective Treatment, Study Finds

Children diagnosed with autism before the age of 4 are more likely to get effective treatment than those who are determined to have the disorder after that threshold, researchers say.

August 16, 2016

Study: Younger Siblings Face Higher Autism Risk

Younger siblings of those with autism are over a dozen times more likely than other kids to have the developmental disorder too, a new study suggests.

August 9, 2016

States Urged To Strengthen Community-Based Options

Federal Medicaid officials are pushing states to do more to ensure that people with disabilities have access to the care they need in order to remain in the community.

August 5, 2016

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Concerns About Overlapping ASD Research Persist

Nearly three years after investigators warned that most federally-funded autism research is "potentially duplicative," a new report finds some improvement but suggests that concerns remain.

August 2, 2016

Technology May Help Doctors Learn To Address Autism

Despite the increasing prevalence of autism, many pediatricians remain ill-equipped to identify and support kids with the developmental disorder, but a new approach may help stem that tide.

July 29, 2016

Drugs Taken By Those With ASD Come With Varied Risk

New research suggests that some of the medications often used to address symptoms associated with autism are more likely than others to cause weight gain.

July 26, 2016

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