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Nearly 40% of Toddlers Diagnosed with Autism No Longer Have It by Age 6, New Study Finds

A new study out of Boston Children’s Hospital finds many children diagnosed with autism at a young age no longer meet the criteria for the disorder around the age of 6.

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Younger Kids in Class Might Be Misdiagnosed With ADHD, Autism

If your child is among the youngest in their school grade, it's more likely they'll be mistakenly identified by teachers as having ADHD or autism, a new study confirms.

"Adults involved in identifying or raising concerns over a child’s behavior -- such as parents and teachers -- may be inadver...

Could Brain 'Overgrowth' Contribute to Autism?

Severe forms of autism could be linked to overgrowth of the brain’s outer layer that starts while a baby is in the womb, a new study finds.

Toddlers with autism have cerebral cortexes -- often referred to as “gray matter” -- that are roughly 40% larger than those of children without the developmental disorder, researchers reported recently in the journal

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  • June 7, 2024
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  • For Pregnant Women, Fluoridated Drinking Water Might Raise Risks for Baby: Study

    Fetal exposure to fluoride from a mom-to-be's drinking water might raise the odds for physical and mental health issues in toddlers, new research suggests.

    The study, which was funded by the U.S. National Institutes of Health, wasn't designed to prove cause-and-effect. However, researchers believe the findings are worth investigating further.

    “This is the first U.S.-based study ...

    Helping Your Child Make Friends With a Child With Autism

    Kids are very likely to make the acquaintance of a child diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder at some point, whether they know it or not.

    An estimated 95% of children with disabilities enroll in regular schools, experts say.

    “Given the rates of autism diagnosis and our ability to identify it, most kids will meet an autistic child at some point during their school-aged year...

    Opioids During Pregnancy May Not Raise Psychiatric Risks for Offspring

    Prescription opioids taken during pregnancy are not associated with a substantial increase in risk of developmental disorders like ADHD in children, a new study has found.

    “A slightly increased risk of neuropsychiatric disorders was found, but this should not be considered clinically meaningful” becaus...

    Acetaminophen Use During Pregnancy Poses No Risk of Autism, ADHD in Kids

    There's no evidence that acetaminophen use during pregnancy increases the risk of childhood autism, ADHD or intellectual disability, the largest study to date on the subject has concluded.

    The analysis of more than 2.4 million children born in Sweden included siblings not exposed to the drug before birth, ...

    Common Household Chemicals Could Harm the Brain

    Chemicals found in common household products might damage the brain's wiring, a new study warns.

    These chemicals -- found in disinfectants, cleaners, hair products, furniture and textiles -- could be linked to degenerative brain diseases like multiple sclerosis and autism, researchers report.

    The chemicals specifically affect the brain's oligodendrocytes, a specialized type of cell ...

    Common Epilepsy, Migraine Drug Won't Raise Odds for Autism in Offspring

    A common antiseizure drug used to treat epilepsy, migraines and bipolar disorder does not appear to increase the risk of autism for kids exposed to it in the womb, a new study says.

    Topiramate does not contribute to any ri...

    Could General Anesthesia in Pregnancy Raise Behavioral Issues in Kids?

    Children exposed to anesthesia in the womb when their pregnant mom has surgery are more likely to suffer from behavioral issues later, a new study finds.

    Exposure to general anesthesia before birth was associated with a 31% increased risk of diagnosis with a behavioral disorder as a child, researchers reported Feb. 29 in the

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  • March 4, 2024
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  • Simple Eye Test Might Spot Autism in Kids

    The eyes may have it when it comes to the early diagnosis of autism in children, a new study finds.

    Researchers at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), have pinpointed a gene that affects how kids' eyes react when they turn their heads.

    Typically, people use what's called the vestibulo-ocular reflex to help their sight coordinate with their head movement.


    How Is Autism Diagnosed?

    According to the advocacy group Autism Speaks, one in every 36 U.S. children has an autism spectrum disorder (ASD).

    Early diagnosis is crucial to helping to treat the condition, but how is a diagnosis done?

    The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

    Study Finds No Link Between Premature Birth, Autism

    There is no significant link between premature birth and autism, new research out of Israel suggests. 

    Findings from the study of more than 100,000 deliveries were presented Tuesday at a meeting of the Society for Maternal Fetal Medicine in National Harbor, Md.

    A summary of the findings was simultaneously published in a supplement to the

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  • February 14, 2024
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  • Common Heart Drug Might Lower Anxiety in Kids With Autism

    Could a blood pressure drug thats been around since the 1960s help ease anxiety in people with autism?

    That's the main finding from a small study where 69 people between the ages of 7 and 24 who had autism were given the drug, called propranolol.

    “The findings show that propranolol could serve as a helpful intervention for reduc...

    Brain's 'Spaces' Hold Clues to Origins of Autism

    The fluid-filled spaces around the brain's blood vessels need proper waste "clearance" every few hours. When that fails to happen, a baby's risk for autism appears to rise, new research shows.

    It's too early to say that trouble within these "perivascular" spaces causes autism, but it seems to be an early marker for the condition, a team from the University of North Carolina (UNC) reports....

    Could Treating the Pancreas Help Preschoolers With Autism?

    It may seem a bit counterintuitive, but treating the pancreas of a child with autism could help ease problematic behaviors, new research shows.

    The key here, researchers say, is the link between dietary protein intake and crucial brain neurotransmitter chemicals, such as serotonin and dopamine.

    When those neurotransmitters aren't working as they should, that can affect children's be...

    AI Might Accurately Spot Autism in Early Childhood

    University of Louisville researchers say they've developed an artificial intelligence (AI) system with a near-perfect record of diagnosing autism in toddlers.

    Using specialized MRI scans of the brain, the tool diagnosed toddlers with 98.5% accuracy, according to findings scheduled for presentation in Chicago next week at a meeting of the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA).

    Lots of Screen Time Could Be Early Sign of ADHD, Autism

    Kids with a genetic risk for autism spectrum disorder (ASD) are likely to spend hours a day glued to their screens, but researchers say it doesn't mean screen time causes ASD.

    The investigators also found that children with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) gradually increased their screen time as they got older, even if they started out with low levels of initial screen use...

    Don't Trust TikTok for Trustworthy Info on Autism

    TikTok may be great for watching funny cat videos and learning make-up hacks, but new research suggests this platform should not be trusted when it comes to information on autism.

    “The majority of the information was either blatantly false or overgeneralized,” said study author Elisabeth Sherid...

    New Clues to How Inflammation in Young Children's Brains Might Spur Autism

    Severe inflammation very early in childhood might hamper the development of key brain cells, perhaps setting the stage for conditions such as autism or schizophrenia, new research suggests.

    The origins of many neurodevelopment disorders remain mysterious. But the new study of postmortem brain tissue from children who died between the ages 1 and 5 shows how inflammation affects brain cells...

    Nearly 4 in 10 Toddlers Diagnosed With Autism No Longer Have It by Age 6

    Not all children diagnosed with autism as toddlers continue to have that diagnosis once they reach elementary school, a new study shows.

    While some past research has suggested this could be true, the new research backs that up, finding that a large percentage -- about 37% -- of these toddlers no longer met the criteria for the condition by the age of 6.

    “I think what this shows is...

    1 in 4 Teens With Autism May Be Undiagnosed

    As many as 1 in 4 teens with autism may be undiagnosed, new research suggests.

    “Autism is much more prevalent than people assume,” said lead researcher Walter Zahorodny, an associate professor at Rutgers New Jersey Medical School in Newark.


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  • October 6, 2023
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  • FDA Will Begin to Regulate Thousands of Lab Tests

    Faced with growing reports of inaccurate clinical lab tests, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Friday announced that it will for the first time regulate these vital diagnostic tools.

    Many Americans might have assumed that the FDA already had oversight of all medical tests; it does not.

    However, FDA Commissioner

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  • September 29, 2023
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  • Eye-Tracking Device Could Be More Accurate Test for Autism in Toddlers

    Just 1 in 4 children with autism is diagnosed before age 3, but a new eye-tracking technology may allow for earlier diagnosis and intervention, according to three clinical studies of more than 1,500 kids.

    Autism is a disorder marked by difficulties with communication and social interaction. In the United States, it affects about 1 child in 36, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Con...

    Brain 'Organoid' Study Hints at the Origins of Autism

    Research using three-dimensional replicas of the developing brain created in a lab dish is shedding new light on autism spectrum disorder.

    Yale researchers found two paths to autism in the developing brain.

    “It's amazing that children with the same symptoms end up with two distinct forms of altered neural networks," co-senior author

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  • August 11, 2023
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  • People With Autism Face Much Higher Risk for Self-Harm, Suicide

    People with autism are over three times more likely than their peers without the developmental disorder to experience self-injury, suicidal ideation, suicide attempt, or death by suicide, new research shows.

    “In general, I think there needs to be more support for individuals with autism. And this shows that there are life-threatening consequences in terms of suicide and self-harm,” s...

    Families With Multiple Cases Give Clues to Autism's Origins

    In a study of families that have multiple children with autism, researchers have unearthed new insights into genes that might drive the disorder.

    “Study design is critical, and not enough attention has been paid to studying families with more than one affected child,” said lead author Dr. Daniel Geschwind<...

    Nearly 1 in 10 U.S. Children Has a Developmental Disability: CDC

    More kids in the United States are getting a developmental disability diagnosis, with prevalence close to 9% in 2021, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports.

    Among 3- to 17-year-olds, 8.56% have ever been diagnosed with a developmental disability, compared to 7.4% in 2019, according to the agency's National Health Interview Survey.

    The diagnoses are far more com...

    Memory Issues Could Be Another Struggle for Kids With Autism

    Children with autism have well-known difficulties with social interactions, but a new study is highlighting another area where they can struggle: memory.

    Researchers found that compared with their peers, school-age kids with autism showed more difficulty managing memory tasks. They often had a hard time remembering faces — something seen in past studies — but also in recalling words a...

    Monkey Study Suggests Hazards of Marijuana Use During Pregnancy

    Marijuana use during pregnancy may impact the baby's brain development and long-term health, according to new research with monkeys.

    THC (delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol) -- the main psychoactive ingredient in cannabis -- altered the placental and fetal epigenome in monkeys who were given THC edibles, researchers say. These modifications can cause changes that aff...

    Fewer Kids Are Being Prescribed Antipsychotic Meds

    The use of antipsychotic medication in children is continuing to plummet, likely because of better policies and education, new research shows.

    The study found a 43% drop in antipsychotic prescriptions for Medicaid-enrolled children in 45 states, a stark contrast from the sharp rise in the 2000s.

    “The decline we observed likely reflects the convergence of multiple state safer-use p...

    Is There a Best Time in Life to Learn You Have Autism?

    At any age an autism diagnosis is a major event. But is it best to find out while still young or might a late-in-life diagnosis give adults a better shot at a good quality of life?

    According to a new study, there's no one-size-fits-all answer.

    Researchers surveyed 300 a...

    New Insights Into Each Parent's Role in the Genetics of Autism

    Researchers working to unlock the mysteries of autism report they have discovered differences among children when two in a family have the condition versus just one.

    Scientists from Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory in New York have been researching the genetic origins of autism for two decades. Their discoveries have included thousands of genes that, when damaged, may cause a child to be bor...

    Autism in Older Adults: Studies Show Higher Rates of Mental, Physical Ills

    While a lot of research has focused on autism in children, much less effort goes toward studying adults with autism.

    Now, two new reports find this group is at substantial risk for age-related physical conditions and injuries, as well as being particularly susceptible to certain mental health issues including loneliness, social isolation and lower quality of life.

    “There is accumu...

    Kids With Nonverbal Autism May Still Understand Much Spoken Language

    About a third of children with autism aren't able to speak -- but that doesn't mean they're unable to listen and comprehend, a new study reports.

    About 1 in 4 kids and teens who have autism and are minimally verbal understand significantly more language than they're able to produce, said lead researcher

    Among Kids With Autism, Girls Are More Prone to Anxiety Disorders Than Boys

    Boys are four times more likely to be diagnosed with autism than girls are, but girls may be more likely to experience anxiety alongside the disorder than boys, new research reveals.

    Anxiety tends to travel with autism, which is characterized by problems with social interaction, communication and behavior. About 1 in 36 kids in the United States has autism, according to the U.S. Centers f...

    Mindfulness Approach Helps Ease the Stress of Parenting a Child With Autism

    "Mindfulness" practices may help parents of young children with autism manage their daily stressors, and it could benefit their kids in the process, a preliminary study suggests.

    Parenting is stressful, and studies show that parents of kids with autism often have particularly high stress levels.

    Autism is a developmental brain disorder that, to varying degrees, impairs communication...

    Could Ear, Nose & Throat Issues Play a Role in Autism?

    Researchers have long tried to pinpoint a reason that some people have autism or autistic traits.

    A new study from the United Kingdom builds upon evidence about one potential factor, finding that young children with ear, nose and throat problems were more commonly diagnosed with autism later.

    This isn't to sa...

    About 1 in 4 People on Autism Spectrum Has 'Profound' Autism

    While mild cases make up the majority of autism diagnoses, "profound" autism affects about 27% of American children with the developmental disability, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported Wednesday.

    This is the first time the CDC has broken down that definition statistically.

    Children with profound autism are nonverbal, minimally verbal or have an IQ of ...

    Study Offers Best Evidence Yet That Intervening Early Helps Curb Autism

    A leading doctors' group recommends that toddlers get screening for autism at 18 months old. That may not be a moment too soon — and earlier may be even better, researchers say.

    A new randomized clinical trial, the gold standard for studies, backs up the recommendation from the American Academy of Pediatrics.

    Intervention at 18 months for children on the autism spectrum led to bet...

    Many Young Kids With Autism Are Kicked Out of Day Care: Study

    About 1 in 6 preschoolers with autism get expelled from their day care program, new research finds.

    On average, such kids are about 3 years old when they get kicked out.

    While their parents may already harbor concerns, many of these kids "do not as yet have a diagnosis or label," said study leader

    Lithium in Water Supply Linked to Uptick in Autism Risk

    There's no single known cause for autism, but researchers now point the finger at higher lithium levels in drinking water.

    Their new study found that pregnant women in Denmark whose household tap water had higher levels of lithium were more likely to have kids with autism, compared to pregnant women living in areas where tap water had lower levels of this element.

    Autism is ch...

    COVID in Pregnancy Might Raise Odds for Neurodevelopmental Disorders in Sons: Study

    Boys born to women who had COVID-19 during pregnancy may be at risk for developmental delays, a new study suggests.

    Delays in speech and motor function were the most commonly diagnosed conditions in these children at 12 months. They were seen in boys but not in girls, the study authors said.


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  • March 27, 2023
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  • Kids With Autism Face Higher Odds of Vision Issues, But Many Don't Get Screened

    Children with autism are less likely than their peers to receive important vision screening despite a high risk for serious eye disorders, researchers report.

    Only about 36% of children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) completed vision screenings during their health checkups,

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  • March 24, 2023
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  • 1 in Every 36 U.S. 8-Year-Olds Has Autism

    More American children have autism than previously thought, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports.

    It also finds that the COVID-19 pandemic delayed diagnosis for many, which could have lasting impact.

    Data from 11 communities in the Autism and Developmental Disabilities Monitoring Network, which tracks the number and characteristics of children with autism and ...

    Toddlers' Attention to 'Motherese' Could Give Clues to Autism

    Some toddlers who don't interact with their parents may have early signs of autism, a new study suggests.

    Researchers showed kids between 12 and 48 months of age "split-screen" moving images, then used eye tracking to evaluate their attention. Some toddlers who paid closer attention to scenes without people rather than to someone saying playful phrases a mother might use were later diagno...

    People With Autism May Feel Pain More Intensely: Study

    People who have autism feel pain at a higher intensity than others, which is the opposite of what many believe to be true, new research suggests.

    The prevailing belief is that those with autism are indifferent to pain, possibly because of a tendency for self-harm. However, "this assumption is not necessarily true," said

    U.S. Parents Face Big Disparities in Access to Autism Care Services

    Autism services are harder to find in many of the places where Black, Hispanic and Native American families live, new research shows.

    It's known that there are racial disparities in U.S. families' receipt of autism services — ranging from diagnosis and behavioral therapy to school and community programs.


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  • January 30, 2023
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  • Childhood Autism Diagnosis Is Getting Better, But Not for Everyone

    Autism cases are surging in the New York-New Jersey metro area, mainly fueled by the diagnosis of autistic children who don't have intellectual disabilities, a new study reports.

    The percentage of kids identified with autism spectrum disorder rose from about 1% in 2000 to 3% in 2016 in that region, said lead researcher

    Scientists Pinpoint Why People With Autism Struggle to Understand a Speaker's 'Tone'

    Children with autism often have difficulty grasping the emotional cues in other people's voices, and now researchers may have zeroed in on the reason why.

    In a study of 43 kids with and without autism, researchers were able to trace such difficulties to a particular brain area -- one involved in social communication.

    Experts said the findings suggest that children with autism are pr...

    Look Out for the Early Signs of Autism

    When children have autism, it's possible to recognize the symptoms as early as when they are 18 months old.

    Although it takes a doctor to diagnose the condition, parents and caregivers should be aware of the signs, advises the Autism Research Institute, offering some other tips for noticing early symptoms.

    Children with autism may have variety of social, communication and behaviora...

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