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Is there any link between premature birth and autism?

Is there any link between premature birth and autism?

Yes: Mounting evidence suggests increased risk for spectrum disorders in prematures. Possibly related to decreased intrauterine nutrition. ...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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Is there a link between oxygen starvation at birth (8 minutes) and autism?

Is there a link between oxygen starvation at birth (8 minutes) and autism?

No firm association: The details on any link between brain injury at birth (anoxia or oxygen deprivation is most common) and autism or autism spectrum disorder is weak at best and probably largely describable as vague or controversial by most investigators. There is an article which claims a weak association in males only though. Here is the url http://www.Biomedcentral.Com/1471-2288/11/2. ...Read more

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My 30 year old has autism and has never talked since birth. Please lyell me the latest and effective treatment.

Start by making sure: That he has the funding & services he needs: ssi, medicaid, adult health & mental health services, exercise, etc i agree with a team evaluation at a specialty clinic, with neuropsychological testing, medical & neurological assessment, a genetic microarray & dna probe for fragile x (if never done), hearing & vision. Ipads are useful to teach non-verbal communication, but good therapists are key. ...Read more

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My brother 19 yrs old has autism since birth. Lots of treatment done, no benefit.. Any new research in this field? Kindly advise..

Find the closest : Specialist on http://www.Autism-india.Org/afa_autisminindia.Html to assess your brother's current levels of cognitive, adaptive & social functioning & search for genetic or other medical causes of his unfortunate lack of progress. Comparative genomic hybridization & a dna probe for fragile x are the current genetic tests. Research on autism is done in calcutta & other large cities. ...Read more

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Is it possible to have missed a ds diagnosis at birth.. My daughter is 2 and has the signs physically and mentally but they are only looking at autism?

Is it possible to have missed a ds diagnosis at birth.. My daughter is 2 and has the signs physically and mentally but they are only looking at autism?

Possibly: Down syndrome is usually recognized easily by pediatricians & those working with the developmentally delayed. Features are usually distinctive. However, there are rare mosaic ds kids or kids with a variety of very tiny chromosomal defects that are not identified unless you look. High resolution chromosome studies can identify some less common causes of distinctive physical features. ...Read more

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My husband may have undiagnosed autism. How do we go about getting an evaluation? Is this psychological or neurological?

My husband may have undiagnosed autism. How do we go about getting an evaluation? Is this psychological or neurological?

Excellent question: Start w/family doc. He/she will probably have appropriate referrals for you. You may see a neurologist to rule out medical conditions. Ultimately a clinical psychologist or neuropsychologist will be helpful. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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2 yr son is impulsive, bit behind his age, hyper, n has like tics since birth n so onbrain tests seem normal not compatible w/ autism. What can it be?

2 yr son is impulsive, bit behind his age, hyper, n has like tics since birth n so onbrain tests seem normal not compatible w/ autism. What can it be?

Several things: Your son needs a thorough assessment of his development including cognitive, social, language, motor and adaptive skills. Some of the symptoms sound like adhd, though he is below the age most would diagnose him with this condition. Recommend to see a child neurologist or developmental/behavioral pediatrician who can request further evaluations such as physical and speech therapy if needed. ...Read more

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What do you advise if I'm looking for a name of a birth defect similar to autism or ADHD but starting with the letter "n"?

What do you advise if I'm looking for a name of a birth defect similar to autism or ADHD but starting with the letter "n"?

Autistic Spectrum: Disorders & the 3 types of ADHD are neurodevelopmental disorders. Each categorical diagnosis is made by specific criteria including history of a specific neurobehavioral pattern & presence of specific observable behaviors for which the etiology may be genetic/ other medical issues or unknown. Another neurodevelopmental disorder is Non-verbal Learning Disabilities (NLD). ...Read more

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Late 30s couple ttc for 1st time. No family history of autism/downs & both fit & healthy. What is % of risk for autism/birth defects?

If you'll be 39 at : Delivery, the chance to have a child diagnosed with Down syndrome at birth is 1 in 137 (a little < 1%); the chance to have a child diagnosed with any chromosome abnormality (including down syndrome) at birth is 1 in 83 (slightly > 1%). Autism risks ? with paternal age, low maternal folate (folic acid) levels esp. At conception-10 wks. & some prenatal infections like rubella or flu. Ask your OB @ screening. ...Read more

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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