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Autism spectrum disorders

Study paves way for earlier autism diagnosis in Indiana

A 2020 report from the Centers for Disease Control estimates that 1 in 54 children in the United States is identified each year with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). While children can be diagnosed with ASD as early as 2 years ...

Autism spectrum disorders

Most primary care providers screening toddlers for autism

(HealthDay)—A majority of toddlers are being screened for autism spectrum disorder (ASD) during primary care visits, according to a study published online July 6 in Pediatrics.

Autism spectrum disorders

Autistic doctors – we're not exactly as portrayed on TV

When I open up about my referral for an autism spectrum disorder assessment, I draw on examples from the only popular reference I have for an autistic doctor—what's portrayed on TV.

Autism spectrum disorders

How helpful are support dogs for kids with autism?

(HealthDay)—Therapy dogs may help some children with autism improve their social skills, but this approach doesn't work in all cases, a new study finds.

Genetics

Researchers link gene mutation to autism behaviors

A collaboration between scientists at the Medical University of South Carolina and clinicians at the Greenwood Genetic Center has yielded new findings about how a particular gene might regulate brain development.

Genetics

Study identifies group of genes with altered expression in autism

Autism has long been associated only with behavioral and environmental factors, but the role of genetics in its development is now increasingly evident. Some 100 genes have been found to play a role in autism spectrum disorder, ...