autism

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Autism is a brain development disorder. It shows up in the first 3 years of life and affects communication and social interaction. Check out these 2 websites--Autism Society of America and Autism Speaks . Both are good informative websites . I have many autistic patients who do well. Be informed and seek an evaluation and treatment if necessary
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Dr. Alan H. Ali answered:

What is autism?

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It is classified as Pervasive developmental disorder, and includes Asperger syndrome, Autism, Childhood disintegrative disorder & Rett syndrome. It is characterized by Social deficits, Communication difficulties, Stereotyped or repetitive behaviors or interests & sometimes Cognitive delays.
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What is Autism?

Developmental dis.

It is a neurodevelopmental disorder that falls under the category of Pervasive Developmental Disorders. It's affects can be severe to mild which will impact when it is first recognized and diagnosed. There are usually deficits in speech/ language, sensory integration, social interactions and cognitive processing. Early diagnosis and therapeutic intervention is key to improving outcomes.
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Dr. David Roberts answered:

What is autism?

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Autism is a disorder characterized by qualitative impairments in communication and social interaction, with restricted, repetitive, and stereotyped patterns of behaviors and interests. Abnormal development is present before the age of 3 years. [1] [2] There is a history of language delay (single-word or phrase speech delay) and 25% of children lose previously acquired language skills (regression).
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Dr. Edward Kuhnley answered:

Is autism genetic?

A scientific study

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published in the journal Molecular Psychiatry identifies new genes involved in autism, a polygenic disorder. The research shows that children need to inherit a certain number of variants in order to develop autism. "Inherited genetic factors may have a cumulative effect."
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what causes autism?

Mostly genetic.

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More and more genetic links to autism and autism spectrum disorders (ASD's) are being found; there's even genetic testing available for siblings of patients with ASD's to see if they have it, too. Good studies have shown there's no link to vaccines.
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What is autism/pica?

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Autism is a disorder characterized by impaired impaired social interaction and communicatoin and odd behaviors. Pica is a phenomenon of eating non-food items regularly, e.g., dirt or paint chips. The latter can occur with autism, but it is not a specific characteristic of that disorder.
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Dr. Paul Slawek answered:

Can MRI show autism?

No

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MRI does not show function but only anatomy.
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Dr. Alan R. Greene answered:

Can mmr cause autism?

No

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Although it is likely that environmental exposures have contributed to the recent rise in autism, there is no credible evidence that the MMR vaccine has caused or contributed to increased autism. The study that first raised the concern has now been discredited as fraudulent. Autism is more common in babies born near Superfund sites or with high levels of organophosphate pesticides.
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Dr. Joshua Marks answered:

Autism can cure or no?

Unfortunately no

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No there currently is no cure for autism.
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Is autism overdiagnosed?

It can be

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I have several kids in my practice that carried the ASD (autism spectrum disorder) label while young were really just late talkers and have gone on to function well. Part of the difficulty is created by the lack of a definitive test (like a broken leg on X ray) and the need schools have to label a child in some way to justify the special tutoring or instruction they receive.
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