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Early Brain Differences Linked to Autism Risk
Early detection of autism spectrum disorders ( ASD ) is important. New research suggests that early brain differences may exist for children at high risk for ASD .
Mom’s Fevers Linked to Child’s Autism
Risk of autism may be increased by untreated fevers during pregnancy.  A recent study found that mothers who had a fever during pregnancy had increased risk of having a child with an autism spectrum disorder ( ASD ).
Calming Autism: A Team Effort
Some of the hardest parts of coping with autism can be managing the destructive behaviors that children with an autism spectrum disorder ( ASD ) often display and the strain these outbursts can put on family relationships.
Transition to Work With Autism
Recent reports show that teens with autism are more likely to have trouble transitioning out of high school and into work. New research shows that a transition program may help.
Group Training for Autism Treatments
Pivotal Response Therapy ( PRT ) is a treatment that is given by parents and schools for children with autism. The parents must learn how to use the therapy, and learning it could be costly.
Hormone Linked to Social Skills in Autism
Oxytocin is a hormone that is known to be involved in the feelings of connectedness with others. New research links levels of oxytocin with social functioning in autism.
New Detection Tool for Autism
Early detection of autism is important because intervening early can increase the odds that children will succeed. New research shows that some warning signs at 6 months of age may help in early detection of autism.
Epilepsy Ups the Odds of Mental Health Problems
An estimated 50 million people worldwide have epilepsy. New research shows that people with epilepsy may be at greater risk of having anxiety, depression, and autism. 
Questioning Treatment of Repetition in Autism
Repetitive behaviors, like counting or hand motions, can be troublesome for children with autism. Antidepressants have been reported to help with this symptom, but new research questions the effectiveness.
How Good are Early Detection Methods for Autism
Early diagnosis can give parents access to interventions and treatments to improve outcomes for children with autism. How young an age can doctors be sure of a diagnosis, and are incorrect diagnoses harmful?