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Balancing Antidepressants' Risks during Pregnancy

Taking antidepressants during pregnancy has always involved a balancing of possible benefits and risks. But so does skipping the medication when a mom has depression.

Autism Increasing and More Likely in White Males

Developmental disorders like autism and Asperger’s syndrome affect families around the world. Tracking cases is part of the clinical effort for better treatment options.

Parents' Weight Linked to Autism

The search for possible causes of autism has gone in a lot of different directions. But finding a link does not mean finding a cause.

Kids of Older Fathers at Higher Psychological Risk

Waiting to have children is not uncommon, but there might be some consequences for the children if parents wait too long.

Tallying the Costs for Autism

A variety of physical, mental or developmental conditions in children may require additional care or services. Autism is one such condition.

New Criteria for Autism May Mean Fewer Diagnoses

The way in which diseases are diagnosed can change, as was recently the case with autism. And these new changes in diagnostic criteria could change how many children are diagnosed with autism.

Antidepressants During Pregnancy Not Tied to Autism

Women who take antidepressants may wonder about taking them while pregnant. One concern has involved increasing their children's risk of certain conditions like autism.

Hormone May Improve Social Skills in Kids with Autism

Kids with autism can find it hard to understand what other people are feeling. And their communication challenges can make it hard for these children to interact with others.

Air Pollution and Autism Linked in New Study

Autism is a developmental condition that has been separately linked to both genetic and environmental factors. Recent research shows how it's possible that both factors can work together.

Could Eyes Be the Windows to Early Autism?

The earlier a developmental condition can be diagnosed, the sooner interventions can be provided. It would therefore be helpful to diagnose children with autism as early as possible.