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  1. Survey Method Change May Explain Autism Rate Jump

    By Tara Haelle HealthDay Reporter FRIDAY, Nov. 13, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- About one in 45 children has an autism spectrum disorder, according to a new U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention survey of parents. This apparent increase is likely due to a change of questions parents were asked
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  2. Weight Gain a Challenge for Children With Autism

    By Tara Haelle HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, Nov. 3, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Children with autism may have a greater risk of obesity, with weight differences seen as early as preschool, a new study reveals. "A lot of things are happening for these families when their children are under 5, including g
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  3. 'Love Hormone' Nasal Spray Promising in Autism

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, Oct. 27, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Oxytocin, the so-called "love hormone," may help improve social skills in autistic children, a small new Australian study suggests. "The potential to use such simple treatments to enhance the longer-term benefits of other
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  4. Autism Behaviors May Differ in Boys and Girls

    By Tara Haelle HealthDay Reporter FRIDAY, Sept. 4, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- The repetitive and restrictive behaviors common in autism aren't seen as often in girls as they are in boys with the disorder, a new study says. Researchers also found that there were differences in certain parts of the brai
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  5. Program Promising for Young Adults With Autism

    By Emily Willingham HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, Aug. 6, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- A special program for adolescents and young adults with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) improved their social skills, a new study finds. Because autism research tends to focus on therapies for younger children, the stud
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  6. Autism Care Costs Could Hit $500 Billion by 2025

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, July 29, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- The annual cost of caring for Americans with autism might reach $500 billion by 2025, a new study estimates, with outside estimates approaching $1 trillion. Health economists at the University of California, Davis, anal
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  7. Hormone Linked to Social Difficulties With Autism

    By Tara Haelle HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, July 22, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Low levels of a certain hormone may play a role in the social difficulties that children with autism spectrum disorders experience, new research suggests. Vasopressin, a hormone that helps regulate blood pressure, may pla
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  8. Kids with Autism Respond Differently to Smells

    By Tara Haelle HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, July 2, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Children with autism spectrum disorders appear to respond to stinky smells differently from children without autism, a new study found. The difference was pronounced enough that researchers could tell who had autism and who
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  9. Diets, Supplements May Not Help Kids With Autism

    By Mary Elizabeth Dallas HealthDay Reporter FRIDAY, June 5, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Well-intentioned parents of children with autism may think that special diets or supplements can help their child, but a new study suggests that often these efforts lead to problems. As the researchers explain, many
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  10. Animals May Ease Anxiety in Children With Autism

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter FRIDAY, May 22, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Being around animals may help reduce social anxiety in children with autism, new research suggests. The findings could lead to new treatment approaches that use pets such as dogs, cats and guinea pigs to help children with
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