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Study Finds Association Between SSRI Use During Pregnancy and Autism and Developmental Delays in Boys

In a study of nearly 1,000 mother-child pairs, researchers from the Bloomberg School of Public health found that prenatal exposure to selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs), a frequently prescribed treatment for depression, anxiety and other disorders, was associated with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and developmental delays (DD) in boys. The study, published in the online edition of Pediatrics, analyzed data from large samples of ASD and DD cases, and population-based controls, where a uniform protocol was implemented to confirm ASD and DD diagnoses by trained clinicians using validated standardized instruments.

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Researchers Pioneer Telemedicine Training for Rural Parents of Children with Autism

University of Kansas autism researchers have developed an effective distance parent training program to address critical shortage of ABA-trained professionals in rural communities.

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Splice Variants Reveal Connections Among Autism Genes

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A team of researchers from the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine and the Center for Cancer Systems Biology (CCSB) at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute has uncovered a new aspect of autism, revealing that proteins involved in autism interact with many more partners than previously known.

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Experts Available to Comment on National Autism Awareness Month

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Autism and Occupational Therapy (OT) Expert Roseanne Schaaf Available to Speak on Benefits of OT

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University of South Carolina Autism Awareness Month Faculty Experts List

April is Autism Awareness Month and World Autism Awareness Day is April 2. To help reporters develop stories about autism spectrum disorder, the University of South Carolina has compiled a list of faculty experts. To interview a faculty member, contact the staff member listed with each expert.

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Creighton Researcher Studies Protein That Could Be at Work in Development of Autism

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Opportunities for Play Crucial for Children with Autism

Kathy Doody, assistant professor of exceptional education at SUNY Buffalo State, knows from her years of teaching in and from raising a child with autism, that safe recreational opportunities are crucial for families who have children along the autism spectrum.

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New Numbers From CDC Show Increase in Autism Diagnosis - NSU Has a Nationally Recognized Autism Expert for Media Working Stories

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Bloomberg School Researchers Contribute to New CDC Report: Autism Spectrum Disorder Affects 1 in 68 U.S. Children

Researchers at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health contributed to a new Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report that estimates the prevalence of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) at 1 in 68 U.S. children overall, an increase of 29 percent since the last such report in 2012. Broken down by gender, the overall rate is 1 in 42 boys and 1 in 189 girls. In Maryland, the overall rate is 1 in 60 children; 1 in 37 boys and 1 in 179 girls.

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