Autism Related Articles & Blog Posts

  • What’s in a Name?

    What’s in a Name?

    Whether or not babies respond to their names by their first birthdays can be an important clue to whether or not they will end up with autism or other developmental delays, according to a MIND Institute study published in the April 2007 Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine. Finding early ways to detect autism is […]

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  • New Pieces to the Autism Puzzle

    New Pieces to the Autism Puzzle

    Thanks to the largest and most ambitious scientific study  to ever look into what makes someone susceptible to autism, we now have a new  layer of understanding about this important condition. First, a little  background: Autism spectrum disorders are now found in about 1 in 166 children,  with a big impact on the kids themselves, […]

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  • Autism and Inflammation

    Autism and Inflammation

    Autism and related conditions continue to become more common. Autism is the fastest growing developmental disability, increasing in frequency by more than 10 percent each year; this makes finding its causes and treatments an urgent priority. A new piece of the solution to the autism puzzle appeared online in the Annals of Neurology on November […]

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  • A Simple Home Test for Aspergers

    A Simple Home Test for Asperger’s?

    People with Asperger’s Syndrome (AS) have a normal IQ, and may be unusually talented in a specific area. Nevertheless they may have a tough time ‘fitting in’ because of an inability to read social cues in other people, or because of a heightened sensitivity to certain textures, sights, sounds, tastes, or smells. AS is one […]

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  • The Autism Solution

    The Autism Solution

    “Someone snuck into my home and stole my one-and-a-half year old’s mind, leaving his bewildered body behind.” This is how it feels to have your son diagnosed with autism, according to Jon Shestack, vice president of Cure Autism Now. “If 1 in 250 children were actually being abducted rather than diagnosed with autism it would […]

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  • Early Clue to Autism

    Early Clue to Autism

    A powerful early warning signal for autism was proposed in the July 16, 2003 issue of JAMA. The symptoms of autism usually are not first noticed until children are already toddlers or in preschool. The new study followed the head growth patterns of babies and found a significant difference between those who would later be […]

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  • Biggest Study Yet on MMR and Autism

    Biggest Study Yet on MMR and Autism

    Once the question was raised about whether the MMR vaccine might trigger autism in some children, even mounting evidence to the contrary had not put fears to rest. The vaccine rate has plummeted since the study, while autism continues to rise. But a study of over 500,000 Danish children published in the November 7, 2002 […]

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  • Head Banging

    Head Banging: A-to-Z Guide from Diagnosis to Treatment to Prevention

    Related concepts: Head rolling, Body rocking Introduction to head banging: When children develop a habit of head banging, their parents are often concerned. They express fear that this habit might hurt their child, perhaps even causing brain damage. The unspoken fear is that their child might have autism.

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  • Autism on the Rise

    Autism on the Rise

    Can you trust statistics? Back in 1999, a report from California’s Department of Developmental Services, concluded that the number of children with profound autism had grown from 2,778 in 1987 to 10,360 in 1999 — an increase of 273 percent! The study did not include the milder end of the spectrum, such as Asperger syndrome. […]

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  • Children’s Environmental Health Research Centers Studies Effect of Toxic Exposures on Autism, ADHD, Hearing, Behavior, & IQ

    Children’s Environmental Health Research Centers Studies Effect of Toxic Exposures on Autism, ADHD, Hearing, Behavior, & IQ

    Current evidence tells us that DDT was responsible  for a host of medical problems and the deaths of many children – but the link wasn’t proven until  more than 30 years later!

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