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Why is everyone supporting research on autism now?

Why is everyone supporting research on autism now?

Autism increasing: Study released last week showed autism affects one in 88 children(up from 1 in 110). Because of the increase more people are aware and want more research. Autism community is active in the media. ...Read more

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Dr. Johanna Fricke
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Autism Spectrum Disorder (Definition)

ASD are a spectrum of disorders of varying degrees that are characterized by difficulties in social interaction, verbal and nonverbal communication and repetitive behaviors. Autism statistics from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) identify around 1 in 68 American children as ...Read more


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How broad a range are the autism spectrum disorders? How many people are now in that group?

How broad a range are the autism spectrum disorders?  How many people are now in that group?

It is a classificati: Dsm criteria are a way we classify the illness in mental health so we md's can agree on diagnosing . It is not a group of patient autism spectrum has various groups from autism to aspergers to retts to cdd to pdd nos but the purpose is not to categorize according to severity but according to classification and diagnostic criterias. ...Read more

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Help please! is autism spectrum disorder an actual disease or just a name of a group of disorders?

Help please! is autism spectrum disorder an actual disease or just a name of a group of disorders?

Group: This is a collection of different issues based on abnormal intellectual, communication or developmentall problems. It includes autism, asperger syndrome and pervasive developmental delay not otherwise defined.The classification is a needs based one rather than on origin.Classification allows schools and therapists to get appproval for the special therapy they require. ...Read more

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Is there autism that isn't psychological?

Complex issue: Autism is in the eye of the beholder. Children with genetic and developmental disorders can have autistic features. Normal children can show autistic behaviors in specific situations. Autistic behavior may develop following brain damage from infection, trauma, drug toxicity, effects of cancer, etc. Autistic behavior may develop from severe emotional stress. ...Read more

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Why can't doctors figure out what causes autism?

There are many known: Causes: > 30 known syndromes, "copy repeat errors" in small bits of dna in certain genes, factors that change the function of certain fetal genes early in pregnancy, (e.g., toxins, viruses & ? Folic Acid levels). Specific atypical white matter development is seen on brain mri's in infants long before they show clinical signs of asd. The ? Is, what triggers the expression of the altered genes. ...Read more

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For what reasons don't doctors diagnose autism before age 3?

Sometimes they do.: It should be able to be recognized by age 3, but if symptoms are less noticeable, and iq is high, the diagnosis may not always be determined by age 3. In some cases the diagnosis is quite obvious to an experienced clinician by age 2. Feel free to seek a second opinion. Don't let the lack of a diagnose keep you from getting your child help. Speech/occupational therapy services can be very helpful. ...Read more

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Is this new evidence that MMR may cause autism after all? Http://t.Co/pkcuulr

Is this new evidence that MMR may cause autism after all? Http://t.Co/pkcuulr

No.: No evidence at all for mmr, or any vaccine, being causative for autism. And, plenty of evidence to the contrary. (nice question from a 2 year-old, and very relevant, but now get going and get your parents to catch you up on your vaccinations. You are overdue, and mumps, measles and rubella are problematic diseases that could have serious effects). ...Read more

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What to do if i didn't want my kid to get autism, so i refused the MMR for him?

What to do if i didn't want my kid to get autism, so i refused the MMR for him?

Sad for your kid: You took a myth created as fraudulent research by dr wakefield (who lost his license because of the fraud) and now leave your child susceptible to an illness that can kill him.We are now finding genetic errors in kids with autism that are present at conception.There is no link to the mmr, although their are many that continue to push the idea. It is sad that parents are caught up in this battle. ...Read more

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My brothers son has autism, is it likely my child will be born with autism? My husband doesn't have autism in his family

My brothers son has autism, is it likely my child will be born with autism? My husband doesn't have autism in his family

Autism's origins: New studies on chromosomal material have shown a number of autism cases related to sporadic changes(micro deletions or insertions) in the genetic code that probably occurred prior to conception. Of rare families with >1 affected child, this appears to be the case. Newly affected families have little if any chance of replicating that event, or sharing it across family lines. ...Read more

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Why doesn't my 3-year-old son with autism answer to his name? He knows his name, hears well, and has quite a bit of speech, so he should be able to.

Common autism trait: One of the hallmarks of autism is the impaired ability to recognize or interact to social cues in the usual way. No one really knows why this happens, but is quite common in autistic children. If possible, a hearing screen can be performed to make sure hearling loss is not a contributing factor. ...Read more

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How to know what is autism, and why didn't it exist 30 years ago?

Environmental change: Autism is a combination of genetically based vulnerability and environmental triggers. We have made our environment increasingly toxic at the same time we have processed much of the nutrition out of our food. ...Read more

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Why do lots of people think people with autism aren't toilet trained?

Developmental Issues: People with autistic symptoms, especially people who are more severly affected, may display a variety of developmental delays, including difficulties with control of bodily functions. That might be why some people automatically assume all people with autism will have this difficulty. Of course, this is a variable problem, and is not seen in every person with autism. ...Read more

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Can people with autism ever somewhat recover from it? I don't mean fully but to some extent can they recover?

Yes: Many people with autism make a great deal of progress and can function normally in their communities; particularly if they have normal intelligence and mild autistic traits. We are starting to use the term "residual autism" for these individuals. ...Read more

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My sister is autism she is 11years old she eat a lot and we can't stop her her weight is between 60-70kg what can I do?

It depends : Some children are on medication that increase the appetite and the weight. A small percentage of those with autism have a genetic disorder in which food seeking behavior becomes a major drive. Some seek certain foods because of the way they feel after they are consumed, almost like an addiction. Keep healthy, non- processed foods in the house as these are less likely to be the source of cravings. ...Read more

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Any medicine for my 5 yr kid who has autism and still can't speak?

No Medicines fix it: Over the years a variety of medicines & diets have been studied in autism. None have provided any evidence based or predictable improvement although you can find glowing testimonials about a few. There are some medicines that physicians use to help with mood issues or aggressive behavior, but these only help manage symptoms. ...Read more

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Can you please explain why so many believe you can't have autism and schizophrenia ?

Can you please explain why so many believe you can't have autism and schizophrenia ?

Stigma: I'm afraid to say that it is a part of the stigma associated with mental illness in general. You have those who refuse to believe in a diagnosis of autism or schizophrenia alone. Let alone comorbid diagnoses. I would suggest to suffer those folks with dignity and maintain an open mind regarding mental illness. ...Read more

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A lot of people mistake my shyness with autism. I'm actually an introvert but many people say that I have I autism. I don't know what to do.

Autistic Spectrum : Disorder Level I, or Asperger Syndrome, impairs one's ability to make & sustain friendships because it''s hard to understand that other people have a different point of view than yours, sustain a conversation on a topic not of your choosing or make eye contact when talking to a someone. If this is the case, then ask your doctor to refer you to a psychiatrist & a psychologist for evaluation. ...Read more

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My three brothers have autism i don't have it. Two are my half brothers. If i get pregnant, what are the chances that my child with have autism?

Can't tell, but...: Over recent decades, more people describe themselves (or are called by others) as autistic. That creates a big group of people with various disorders, but who have in common their autistic features. Some have known causes (other disorders) that cause their autistic features, but many or most have unknown causes. A geneticist can help look at the sibling's disorders to see if it might be hereditary. ...Read more

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Could my 8 month old be showing signs of autism she doesn't respond to her name has anger outbursts and stares at lights a lotstares into space also?

Could my 8 month old be showing signs of autism she doesn't respond to her name has anger outbursts and stares at lights a lotstares into space also?

Autism Spectrum: Autism Spectrum Disorder -ASD is a complicated diagnosis. The signs you are describing can be a part of ASD. Here is a website that is very helpful, The Thinking Person's Guide to Autism www.thinkingautismguide.com Discuss your concerns with your child's pediatrician. The doctor can do some developmental screening in the office and might refer you for additional testing. ...Read more

Dr. Johanna Fricke
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Autism (Definition)

A neurodevelopmental disorder affecting three areas: abnormal socialization, communication, and restricted interests with repetitive patterns of behavior. It is usually detected in the first two years of life. Cause is unknown but strong evidence points to an interplay between ...Read more


Dr. Jeffrey Roth
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Support Groups (Definition)

For information, resources, and support on specific diseases and conditions, see the links below. Additional local and national support groups can be found on the web, through local libraries, your health care provider, and the yellow pages ...Read more