An analysis of Interactive Autism Network (IAN) data by IAN researchers found that girls with autism spectrum disorder are often diagnosed later than boys. The researchers attributed this to differences between the sexes in autism symptoms.
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A large study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) looked at the vaccination histories of children at high risk for autism and found no relationship between having had the MMR (measles, mumps, rubella) vaccine and the occurence of autism.
A study in The Journal of Pediatrics shows that there is still a large gap between the time that a parent is first concerned about the development of their child and the time that they are diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder. This gap is nearly three years. According to the study, this may be due to a passive or reassuring response to concerns from their pediatrician.
A new study has found a link between autism and BPA, a chemical used to make plastics. In a small study published in Autism Research, children with autism appeared to have trouble metabolizing and eliminating BPA compared to children who don't have autism.
A study in the journal Environmental Health Perspectives provides strong evidence that a mother's exposure to air pollutants during the third trimester of pregnancy increases her child's risk of autism.
Having preeclampsia raises the risk of having a child who will be diagnosed with autism, according to a new study.
A study of 2 million Swedish people found that having a serious infection while pregnant raises a woman's risk of having a child with autism from 1 percent to a risk of 1.3 percent.1
It’s getting easier for parents of young children with autism to get insurers to cover a pricey treatment called applied behavioral analysis. Once kids turn 21, however, it’s a different ballgame entirely.
A small, preliminary study of a parent-based intervention has found that six out of seven infants at risk for autism made so much progress that by age 3, they did not have autism or developmental delays.
Researchers have discovered an excessive number of synapses in the brains of some children and teens with autism, which they believe may help explain the disorder.