New Studies: Autism Detection And Treatment

Researchers with the University of California regularly examined a group of babies, some considered to be high risk for Autism, and others who were not.

They monitored the babies' smiling, babbling and eye contact during each exam until they were three years old.

They found the symptoms of autism began to emerge between six and 12 months of age. By six months, most of the infants who developed Autism showed declines in social communication. Then, after 6 months, their eye contact, social smiling and responsiveness declined as well.

Meanwhile, researchers in a different Autism study may have found a way to improve the social behaviors of highly functioning Autistic children.

Previous research has shown that some Autistic children are deficient in Oxytocin, a hormone linked to social behaviors and emotions.

In a new study, 13 patients with high-functioning Autism did a better job responding to social cues when they were given Oxytocin.

Researchers say more studies need to be done to see if the hormone could help these children long-term.

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  • by CherryCracker Kool-Aid Location: CA on Feb 17, 2010 at 01:15 AM
    You should know that documented cases is not the same thing as how many actually exist. Awareness, detection, and understanding of all diseases & syndromes has changed in the last 30-40 years. Autism, like many things, 40 yrs ago and more would have been viewed as something you were supposed to hide from public view. There are many diseases today that are considered treatable or manageable that not all that long ago would prompt a family to simply commit them to a care facility. Just something to consider.
  • by Moderators Nightmare on Feb 16, 2010 at 05:54 AM
    1 in 110 today
  • by betty Location: cortland on Feb 16, 2010 at 05:46 AM
    I agree with anonymous. something needs to change. These children need help and some were along the way something has happen to the children. Don't know if it's all the shots they have to get these days or if it's in the food, air, water, but something is going on.
  • by Anonymous on Feb 16, 2010 at 05:21 AM
    Money would be well spent on finding the cause and stopping it. Growing up in the 60's never heard of autism. In college in the 70's it did not even take a full page in the text books as it was so rare, now 1 out of ever 150 children is disabled with autism, something changed and not for the better.

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