Up to 50% of children with a genetic disorder unrelated to autism are mistakenly diagnosed with the developmental disorder, and that can lead to inappropriate treatments that can worsen their condition.
The latest findings hint at why autistic children are more interested in objects and ideas than they are in other people.
Artificially stimulating labor is associated with a slightly higher risk of autism, but researchers caution that the link may be complicated.
New research bolsters the idea that the risk for psychiatric and developmental disorders isn’t specific to particular conditions — and that could mean new opportunities to treat mental illnesses that focus more on their common genetic roots.
By taking advantage of disrupted motor connections in the brains of autistic children, researchers say it may be possible for affected kids to guide their own therapy.
A test for six antibodies in an expectant mom’s blood may predict with more than 99% certainty which children are at highest risk of developing autism.
Genetic changes are almost certainly behind many cases of autism, and the latest research suggests that some of those alterations may be contributing to more densely connected networks of brain nerves.
Pollutants in the air are known to affect brain development, but the first national study of in utero exposure and autism rates raises new concerns.
Infants now receive several shots at a time, but the latest study says that does not increase their risk of developing autism.
The results are the first to suggest a trans-generational contributor to the developmental disorder.
So-called treatments for drug users and the disabled in some places of the world—including the U.S.— are far from helpful, says a new United Nations (U.N.) report.
Boys outnumber girls when it comes to autism diagnoses, and researchers may have uncovered one reason why.
Folic acid is already recommended to prevent birth defects, but the supplement could lower risk of autism as well.