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Aug 8, 2019

Researchers Identify Genes That Increase Autism Risk, UCLA Study Says

Researchers Identify Genes That Increase Autism Risk, UCLA Study Says

Researchers found 69 genes that increase the risk for autism spectrum disorder. Sixteen of those genes were not previously suspected to be associated with a risk for autism.

Jan 31, 2019

UCLA Scientists Discover Important Clues Related to Causes for Autism

UCLA Scientists Discover Important Clues Related to Causes for Autism

A team of UCLA-led scientists has discovered important clues about how RNA editing affects the brains of people with autism, the university announced Wednesday.

Aug 22, 2017

Target Unveils Sensory-Friendly Clothes for Kids

Target Unveils Sensory-Friendly Clothes for Kids

Target's children's brand Cat & Jack has expanded to include sensory-friendly pieces for kids with sensory processing sensitivities, the company recently announced.

Mar 6, 2017

DNA Scan Uncovers 18 Genes Newly Associated With Autism

DNA Scan Uncovers 18 Genes Newly Associated With Autism

A new genetic analysis has uncovered 18 genes associated with autism, NBC News reported. The study observed people with autism and their relatives, and found that people with autism often had dozens of...

Feb 23, 2017

Study Builds Case Linking Autism, Infections During Pregnancy

Study Builds Case Linking Autism, Infections During Pregnancy

Women with active genital herpes infections early in their pregnancy were twice as likely to have a child with autism than women who did not, according to a study released Wednesday. NBC News reported that the

Feb 15, 2017

Brain Scans May Detect Signs of Autism in Infants

Brain Scans May Detect Signs of Autism in Infants

It may be possible to detect autism in babies before their first birthdays, a much earlier diagnosis than ever before, a small new study finds. Using magnetic-resonance imaging scans, researchers at the...

Nov 13, 2015

New Survey Method Finds More Kids With Autism

New Survey Method Finds More Kids With Autism

A new government survey finds that more than 2 percent of U.S. kids have been diagnosed with autism — or 1 in 45 children aged 3 and older, NBC News reported. That seems like a startling increase from the last...

Mar 12, 2015

Blood Test May Spot Autism in Infants: Study

Blood Test May Spot Autism in Infants: Study

A blood-based measure could lead to a clinical test that could spot signs of autism in boys just 1 or 2 years old, a new study has found, a finding that could help children with autism get the help they...

Dec 19, 2014

Autism Linked to Pollution Levels, Study Finds

Autism Linked to Pollution Levels, Study Finds

A groundbreaking new study shows an unborn baby’s risk of autism increases significantly if the child’s mom lives in an area high in air pollution while she is pregnant.

Apr 8, 2014

Eatery Cancels Autism Fundraiser Due to Backlash

Eatery Cancels Autism Fundraiser Due to Backlash

Chili’s canceled fundraisers for over 1200 restaurants nationwide for a group that says that autism can be triggered by vaccinations, a position widely discredited by the medical community. To honor National...

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