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Deaths up sharply among people with autism: Study
People with autism are three times as likely to die from an injury than the general population, said a study out Tuesday (March 21) that pointed to troubling trends among people with the neurodevelopmental disorder. Deaths among people with autism are up 700 per cent since 1999, according to the report in the American Journal of...
Study tests the “three-hit” theory of autism
Since the first case was documented in the United States in 1938, the causes of autism have remained elusive. Hundreds of genes, as well as environmental exposures, have been implicated in these brain disorders. Sex also seems to have something to do with it: About 80 percent of children diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder...
Pain, impulsivity may motivate self-harm in autism
People with autism who have painful digestive issues or difficulties inhibiting their own impulses are particularly prone to hurting themselves, a new study suggests. Up to half of people with autism hit, bite or scratch themselves. A leading theory dating back to the 1990s suggests that some children subconsciously learn to harm themselves through experience. For...