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Dad Learns He's Autistic When Daughter Is Diagnosed

Chris Offer had been with his wife 7 years before diagnosis

(Newser) - In the early days of their relationship, Jessica Offer says she and her now husband Chris Offer would argue over his discomfort in looking people directly in the eye. Then there was the sensitivity to social overload. And after moving in together, the absurd neatness of their kitchen pantry. But... More »

Transit Impostor With 30 Arrests: I Can't Get Help

'There's no AA for buses or trains,' laments Darius McCollum

(Newser) - Darius McCollum's addiction isn't booze and pills—it's buses and trains. The New York transit impostor who first commandeered a train at age 15 has been arrested 30 times over the years for transit-related crimes. Most recently, he was nabbed in November behind the wheel of a... More »

New, 'Catastrophic' Numbers Out for US Autism

'We do believe autism is more prevalent'

(Newser) - A new report reveals what appears to be a notable jump in the number US kids with an autism spectrum disorder, Live Science reports. According to a previous CDC estimate from medical records in 2010, one in 68 children had autism. But a new study states it's closer to... More »

Autism Study 'Like No Other' Looks at 5.7M Kids

Older parents, those with age gap at higher risk, say researchers

(Newser) - A massive new autism study adds to the evidence that parents' age plays a role in their children's risk of autism—including the suggestion that a couple with a big age gap has a higher risk. "Though we've seen research on autism and parental age before, this... More »

Driving Vast Majority of Autism: Genes

Environmental factors likely still play some role

(Newser) - In somewhere between 74% and 98% of autism spectrum disorder cases, genes are to blame. So say researchers out of King's College London in the journal JAMA Psychiatry after studying both identical and fraternal twins. In fact, hundreds of genes could contribute to the development of autism, although because... More »

Sibling Study Surprises Autism Researchers

'Autisms' a better term than 'autism,' they say

(Newser) - Siblings with autism tend to behave as differently as any other siblings, according to a new study that highlights what the New York Times calls the "exasperating diversity of autism, even in the most closely related individuals." The researchers analyzed genetic material from 85 families that had two... More »

Why Autism Rates Have Soared

Study: Most of the uptick is because of better diagnosis, not environmental factors

(Newser) - The rate at which autism is diagnosed around the world has increased dramatically in just a generation, and researchers studying a comprehensive tracking system in Denmark say they can explain the majority of the uptick: new and improved diagnosis. In the medical journal JAMA Pediatrics, they argue that the huge... More »

Jerry Seinfeld Backtracks, 'I Don't Have Autism'

Comedian tells 'Access Hollywood': 'I'm not on the spectrum'

(Newser) - Jerry Seinfeld is on the autism spectr—um, never mind. The comedian is backtracking after he claimed to be mildly autistic in an interview with NBC News , noting, "I think I'm on the spectrum" as "basic social engagement is really a struggle." Now he tells Access ... More »

Jerry Seinfeld: I'm on Autism Spectrum

'Basic social engagement is really a struggle'

(Newser) - Jerry Seinfeld is making headlines for an interview with Brian Williams of NBC in which he says he thinks he's at least mildly autistic. "I think, on a very drawn-out scale, I think I'm on the spectrum," he says. Williams presses him for details, recounts USA ... More »

Tiny Monet: Autistic Girl, 5, Sells Paintings for Thousands

Iris Grace may struggle to communicate with words, but not on canvas

(Newser) - When Iris Grace Halmshaw's parents first supplied their daughter with painting supplies, they hoped it would be a fun way for the autistic girl to express herself. But instead of stick figures, Iris Grace immersed herself in abstract impressionist painting for hours at a time, often depicting movement in... More »

Autism in Kids Jumps 30%

CDC report concludes that 1 in 68 has it

(Newser) - Autism Spectrum Disorder may be on the rise in the US, with 1 in 68 children now having the condition, according to CDC figures released today. That's a 30% increase from the 1 in 88 number recorded just two years ago, CNN reports. It also means that, according to... More »

Autism Rates Soar in US' Biggest Somali Community

Minneapolis rates far above national average

(Newser) - A health puzzle in Minneapolis: Autism rates in the city are way above the national average, especially in the city's Somali-American community, which is the nation's biggest. Autism spectrum disorders affect around one in 88 American children, but the rate in Minneapolis is one in 48 overall, rising... More »

Induced Labor Could Be Linked to Autism

Study finds increased risk in kids who were induced

(Newser) - A new study finds induced labor may be linked to an increased risk of autism, but doctors warn that more research is needed. The study of 625,000 children found that, overall, 13 out of every 1,000 boys and four out of every 1,000 girls developed autism. But,... More »

Placenta May Hold Autism Clues

Study suggests folds and creases point to higher risk

(Newser) - A new study suggests that doctors can gauge a newborn's chances of developing autism by looking at the baby's placenta, reports USA Today and the New York Times . The more unusual folds and creases it has, the greater the risk. The study looked at 217 placentas from a... More »

Folic Acid May Cut Autism Spectrum Risk

Norway researchers review 85K children

(Newser) - Taking folic acid around the time of conception could significantly reduce the number of babies with an autism spectrum disorder, a study suggests. In a review of 85,000 children born in Norway between 1999 and 2009, researchers found that moms who didn't take a folic acid supplement were... More »

How the New DSM Took My Syndrome Away

Man mourns demise of Asperger's to 'autism spectrum disorder'

(Newser) - Joshua Muggleton isn't just at peace with his Asperger's syndrome, it's become a part of his identity, a source of pride. "When I meet a fellow Aspie, I feel a sense of fraternity," he writes in the Guardian . "This person, unlike the other 99%... More »

Autism Linked to Fever, Flu in Pregnant Women

Pregnant woman who suffered from either were at higher risk

(Newser) - A new study finds a link between illness during pregnancy and autism, but experts are already urging caution when interpreting the results. Danish researchers found that expecting mothers who suffered from the flu were twice as likely to have a child who developed an autism spectrum disorder, while those who... More »

Culprit for Epidemics of Autism, Obesity: Fungicide?

New study suggests chemicals' effects linger for generations

(Newser) - Can the recent increase in autism, obesity, and anxiety disorders be traced back to chemical exposure? That's what a new study involving pregnant rats suggests, AFP reports. Pregnant rats who were exposed to the common fungicide vinclozolin had descendants who, three generations later, weighed more, were less sociable, and... More »

Extensive New Study Pegs Autism Rate at 1 in 38

The previous estimate was 1 in 100

(Newser) - An extensive, five-year study in South Korea suggests as many as 1 in 38 children have traits of autism, a much higher number than was previously thought. The US has estimated in the past that 1 in 100 children have autism characteristics, but that estimate was based only on education... More »

Now, a 5-Minute Way to Spot Autism in 1-Year-Olds

24-item questionnaire identified about 50% of kids who would be diagnosed

(Newser) - Does your child wave hello to others? Do you know when she's upset? Parents who take five minutes to fill out the answers to questions such as these during their child's first-year checkup could give pediatricians the jump on diagnosing autism, according to new research. In a federally... More »

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