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Autism in children said to be on the rise in the U.S.

Autism in children appears to be on the rise, according to US health officials who said Thursday the rate has risen 23 percent in two years, with one in 88 children affected. Previous figures showed that as many as one in 110 US children had the disorder, leading autism research…

Proposed autism diagnostic criteria disturbs medical community

A proposal to use new diagnostic criteria for autism has roiled the US medical community, with many experts concerned that the move could exclude children affected by some forms of the disorder. The American Psychiatric Association recommended last month that a new category called “autism spectrum disorder” be established to…

Anxiety, other disorders more common in autism

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – Autism tends to go hand in hand with a variety of other mental andbehavioral conditions in kids, suggests a new study that highlights the fuzzy nature of autism diagnoses themselves. Researchers said that other disorders that often go along with autism — such as attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) or…

Premature babies 5x more likely to be autistic: study

Babies who are born early and small are five times as likely as normal infants to develop autism, according to a two-decade-long US study released Monday. Premature babies have long been known to risk a host of health problems and cognitive delays, but the study in the journal Pediatrics is the first…

Infants with autistic siblings at higher risk: U.S. study

WASHINGTON — Infants have higher risk of developing autism if they have siblings with the disorder, a US study found Monday. The risk that an infant with an older sibling with autism also will develop the disorder, previously estimated at 3-10 percent, is 19 percent, according to the study by…

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