In utero exposure to the anti-epileptic drug valproate was associated with a five-fold elevated risk of autism and three-fold elevated risk for an ASD.
Did you know that children with autism spectrum disorders (ASDs) have a 66% chance of having moderate sleep disturbances?
Taking folic acid supplements around the time of conception may reduce the risk for having children with autistic disorder.
In utero and early life exposure to traffic-related air pollutants many increase autism risk.
Injury from traffic and drowning are major concerns for children with autism who wander, a behavior that correlates with autism severity.
Getting a pet may help people with autism improve their social skills, particularly with offering to share and offering comfort, study results suggest.
Having a first-degree relative with schizophrenia or bipolar disorder increases risk for autism spectrum disorders.
More than 50% of youths with an autism spectrum disorder did not participate in education or employment opportunities in the two years after high school.
Both positive and negative clinical trial results must be made available to researchers and the public in order to accurately guide therapy and prevent unnecessary repetition in research.
Mothers who are obese or who have diabetes may be more likely to have children with neurodevelopmental disorders, including autism, research suggests.
Exome sequencing used to describe "de novo" genetic mutations and their role in ASD risk reveal that few mutations occur in the same genes and few participants experienced the same changes.
The CDC estimates that one in every 88 children has an autism spectrum disorder, with prevalence up 23% since 2006 and 78% since 2002.
Having a child with autism significantly affects a mother's ability to work, resulting in significant economic burden for the family.
Does your pediatric practice use standardized developmental screening tools for autism spectrum disorder? Research shows that developmental surveillance based on clinician experience alone is not good enough.
Toddlers slow their blinking for visual stimuli, but the response is delayed in children with autism spectrum disorders, new research indicates.
Children with autism had 67% more neurons in the prefrontal cortex, an area of the brain that controls social and emotional development, as well as communication, providing the first evidence that neurons and not other brain cells, may be involved in the developmental disorder.
Autism recurrence rates are higher than previously estimated for younger siblings of children with an autism spectrum disorder.
Autism prevalence has increased 10-fold since the 1960s. New data from the California Autism Twins Study suggests that shared environmental factors may outweigh shared genetics in the etiology of the disorder.
A checklist that takes about five minutes for a caregiver to complete can help clinicians identify autism in very young children.
Including a general population cohort yielded higher autism prevalence estimates — 2% to 3% vs. earlier 0.7% to 1.8% estimates.
More research is needed to determine how epilepsy might contribute to progressive cognitive and behavioral decline in people with autism.
A three-part series examines falsifications in the 1998 paper that wrongly linked vaccines and autism.
Is there a way to eliminate the confusion between autism and pervasive developmental disorder not otherwise specified (PDD-NOS)?
NVIA, VAERS protect against liability, ensure public safety.
Bruesewitz v. Wyeth No. 09-152 may change the way effected patients sue vaccine manufacturers.
How do I treat hyperactivity and lack of focus in patients diagnosed with autism?
Diagnosis of the less severe forms of autism may require a high level of suspicion and recognition of "soft" clues on the part of the clinician.