Autism Spectrum Disorder

Autism risk not linked to induced labor

Autism risk not linked to induced labor

Nearly 2% of the 1 million infants studied were later diagnosed with autism.

Hearing test may ID children at risk for autism

Hearing test may ID children at risk for autism

The technique is a noninvasive method to screen children for hearing loss that may be associated with autism.

Universal screening for autism spectrum disorder leads to more diagnoses at a younger age

Universal screening for autism spectrum disorder leads to more diagnoses at a younger age

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A 2007 American Academy of Pediatrics recommendation for universal autism screening has led to increased earlier diagnoses of the condition.

A need for early autism screening

A need for early autism screening

Earlier interventions lead to better outcomes in autism.

USPSTF finds insufficient evidence for autism screening in all children

USPSTF finds insufficient evidence for autism screening in all children

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The USPSTF has found insufficient evidence to support screening all young children for autism spectrum disorder if a parent or clinician has no expressed concerns.

Taking antidepressants during pregnancy may increase autism risk

Taking antidepressants during pregnancy may increase autism risk

The offspring of women who took antidepressants during pregnancy had an 87% increased risk of developing autism.

Cost of autism care may reach $500 billion by 2025

Cost of autism care may reach $500 billion by 2025

Researchers estimate that the annual cost of caring for people with autism spectrum disorder could rise to $500 billion to $1 trillion.

Parental age linked to increased autism risk

Parental age linked to increased autism risk

Greater odds in children of teenage mothers, older mothers, and parents with big age gap

More evidence debunks measles vaccine, autism link

More evidence debunks measles vaccine, autism link

Finding held true even for children at risk for the developmental disorder

Gestational diabetes may up kids' autism risk

Gestational diabetes may up kids' autism risk

Under guidelines from the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, women are screened for gestational diabetes, usually at 24 to 28 weeks.

Anti-vaccination movement fueled by fear

Anti-vaccination movement fueled by fear

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Diseases such as measles and whooping cough are making a comeback because a growing number of people choose to follow a movement based in fear mongering.

Preeclampsia-autism connection found

Preeclampsia-autism connection found

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The children of mothers who had preeclampsia during pregnancy are more likely to develop autism spectrum disorder.

Maternal iron intake linked to autism risk in children

Maternal iron intake linked to autism risk in children

Mothers aged 35 years and older with low iron intake were at a fivefold greater risk of having a child diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder.

Depression Tx risks, benefits unclear for pregnant patients

Depression Tx risks, benefits unclear for pregnant patients

Indirect evidence suggested future studies should focus on congenital anomalies, autism spectrum, and attention deficit disorders in offspring.

Coping strategies help families of teens with autism adapt

Coping strategies help families of teens with autism adapt

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Greater impact of daily stressors, behavioral problems and worry about the future associated with more difficulty adapting.

No link between labor induction and autism

No link between labor induction and autism

Current evidence does not support a correlation between labor induction and augmentation and the risk of autism spectrum disorders.

Autism linked to overconnectivity in brain networks

Autism linked to overconnectivity in brain networks

Adolescents with ASDs show atypically increased functional connectivity between two brain networks that are crucial for social cognition.

Prenatal SSRIs may up autism risk in boys

Prenatal SSRIs may up autism risk in boys

Strongest correlation seen for SSRI exposure during first trimester, link also seen for developmental disorders.

CDC: Autism affects 1 in 68 children

CDC: Autism affects 1 in 68 children

Increase likely due to better diagnosis of the developmental disorder.

Autism prevalence may decline with DSM-5

Autism prevalence may decline with DSM-5

About 80% of those with an autism spectrum disorder under the previous criteria maintain their classification under the new DSM-5.

Infections during pregnancy may up autism risk

Infections during pregnancy may up autism risk

Pregnant women diagnosed with bacterial infections during hospital stays were at greater risk for having a child with an autism spectrum disorder.

Revised autism checklist improves detection in toddlers

Revised autism checklist improves detection in toddlers

Study validates modified version of the M-CHAT screening tool for children at low risk.

Prenatal weight gain linked to autism risk

Prenatal weight gain linked to autism risk

Pregnancy weight gain may serve as an important marker for autism's underlying gestational etiology.

No association between celiac disease, autism

No association between celiac disease, autism

Small excess risk for an autism spectrum disorder noted after celiac disease diagnosis.

Kids with ADHD often have autisic traits

Kids with ADHD often have autisic traits

About one in five children and adolescents with ADHD show signs of autism.

Induced labor associated with increased autism risk

Induced labor associated with increased autism risk

Link particularly strong in boys, remained significant after adjusting for confounding factors.

Brain chemical changes in autism identified

Brain chemical changes in autism identified

Changes in gray matter during childhood distinguish autism from developmental delay.

Video game addiction common in autistic boys

Video game addiction common in autistic boys

Inattentive symptoms predicted problematic game use in boys with autism spectrum disorders or attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder.

Mercury exposure from fish, autism not linked

Mercury exposure from fish, autism not linked

Results of a cohort study from Republic of Seychelles, where fish consumption is high, shows no association between mercury exposure from fish and autism.

Race may influence quality of autism care

Race may influence quality of autism care

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Black, Hispanic and other non-white children were less likely to see specialists for autism comorbitities than white patients.

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