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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 (Definition)

Autism is 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 genetic and environmental factors. Patients with autism may display significant delays in certain developmental areas while having normal or superior strengths in other developmental or learning domains. The severity of the disorder is highly variable ...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?

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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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


Dr. Johanna Fricke
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Autism Spectrum Disorder (Definition)

Autism spectrum disorder, also called pervasive developmental disorder (PDD), is a type of condition that includes life-long impairment in the ability to communicate and to have normal social interactions. These include ...Read more