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Link between pregnancy weight gain, autism?

Can gaining weight during pregnancy provide clues into the cause of autism spectrum disorders? New research from the University of Utah shows the answer to...

Using EEGs to diagnose autism spectrum disorders in infants

Boston, Mass. -- A computational physicist and a cognitive neuroscientist at Children's Hospital Boston have come up with the beginnings of a noninvasive test to evaluate an infant's autism risk. It combines the standard electroencephalogram (EEG),...

Brain scans detect autism’s signature

An autism study by Yale School of Medicine researchers using functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) has identified a pattern of brain activity that may characterize the genetic vulnerability to developing autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Publis...

Rapid rise in Medicaid expenditures for autism spectrum disorder treatment

Washington, DC, 22 October 2010 -- Autism was described as early as 1940, but a marked increase in the prevalence for the broader class of autism spectrum disorders (ASDs) during the past decade highlights the demand for treatment of affected indi...

Magic tricks reveal surprising results about autism

Magicians rely on misdirection -- drawing attention to one place while they're carrying out their tricky business somewhere else. It seems like people with autism should be less susceptible to such social manipulation. But a new study in the U.K. fi...

Link to autism in boys found in missing DNA

September 16, 2010 -- (Toronto) -- New research from the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) and The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids), both in Toronto, Canada provides further clues as to why Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) affects f...

Parents report a widely prescribed antibiotic is effective for fragile X...

(SACRAMENTO, Calif.) -- One of the antibiotics most commonly prescribed to treat adolescent acne can increase attention spans and communication and decrease anxiety in patients with fragile X syndrome, the most common inherited cause of mental imp...

Some children with autism show a preference for geometric patterns at...

A fixation on geometric patterns may be associated with autism in children as young as 14 months, according to a report published online today that will appear in the January 2011 print issue of Archives of General Psychiatry, one of the JAMA/Archiv...

Visual pattern preference may be indicator of autism in toddlers

Using eye-tracking methods, researchers at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine have shown that toddlers with autism spend significantly more time visually examining dynamic geometric patterns than they do looking at social...

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