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'Horse Boy' finds respiteupdated: Fri Apr 24 2009 20:06:00

In the documentary 'Horse Boy,' riding a horse seems to be effective therapy for an autistic boy.

Autism parents' plea: Understand kids' meltdownsupdated: Thu Apr 02 2009 16:19:00

Heather Moores and her 4-year-old son, Julian, sat in a waiting room at a pediatrician's office.

Progress is slow in the war against autismupdated: Thu Apr 02 2009 14:49:00

William Searing is an Eagle Scout who loves hiking, adventure, art and sports. At age 19, he's in an education program that bridges the gap from high school to getting a job. Wil has autism.

Commentary: I was the 'queen of denial' on autismupdated: Thu Apr 02 2009 11:32:00

When anything is wrong with your child, your first instinct is to make it better. Diagnose the situation, find the answer to the problem and take your child's pain away. But with autism, that takes quite a lot of doing.

Autism treatment benefits, limitsupdated: Thu Apr 02 2009 10:23:00

CNN.com's Elizabeth Landau and Naamua Delaney discuss Applied Behavior Analysis and what it means for those with autism.

Choice autism treatment offers benefits, has limitsupdated: Thu Apr 02 2009 10:23:00

For 8-year-old Ryan Mohar, an elevator isn't just an elevator. He spends hours pressing the buttons and riding up and down, preferring this to the slew of alternatives that his teachers offer -- even candy.

Autistic winemakers crafting fine vintages in Japanupdated: Thu Apr 02 2009 03:51:00

When Bruce Gutlove holds up his vineyard's finest bottle of chardonnay, he sees the clarity, senses the anticipated crisp taste, and savors the hard summer of tending to his grapes.

Autistic-run Japanese wineryupdated: Thu Apr 02 2009 03:51:00

American winemaker Bruce Gutlove has a world-class winery with a staff of autistic workers. CNN's Kyung Lah reports.

Teaching autistic kidsupdated: Mon Mar 30 2009 12:06:00

Early intervention is key in helping autistic children and the right teacher can make a difference. CNN's Judy Fortin reports

Autism teacher celebrates every gainupdated: Mon Mar 30 2009 12:06:00

A group of seven preschoolers gathered at a small table in the center of a brightly lit classroom and started playing with plastic blocks.

UK Pentagon hacker nears extradition to U.S.updated: Thu Feb 26 2009 11:07:00

British prosecutors said Thursday they will not seek charges against accused Pentagon hacker Gary McKinnon, which puts him one step closer to being extradited to the United States to face charges.

Autism ruling fails to convince many vaccine-link believersupdated: Sat Feb 14 2009 08:24:00

A special court's Thursday ruling that no proven link exists between autism and certain early childhood vaccines seems to have done little to change the sometimes-passionate opinion fueling the debate.

Brown on vaccine, autism linkupdated: Sat Feb 14 2009 08:24:00

CNN's Campbell Brown weighs in on childhood vaccinations and autism.

Vaccines and autismupdated: Fri Feb 13 2009 16:40:00

CNN's Campbell Brown encourages parents to get their kids vaccinated after a court said they're not to blame for autism.

No autism, vaccine link foundupdated: Thu Feb 12 2009 15:21:00

CNN's Dr. Sanjay Gupta reports on a court ruling that finds no link between vaccines and autism.

Vaccines didn't cause autism, court rulesupdated: Thu Feb 12 2009 15:21:00

A special court ruled Thursday that evidence presented in three cases by parents of children with autism did not prove a link between autism and certain early childhood vaccines.

Vaccine-autism question divides parents, scientistsupdated: Wed Feb 11 2009 22:47:00

At 13, Michelle Cedillo can't speak, wears a diaper and requires round-the-clock monitoring in case she has a seizure. While her peers go to school or the mall or spend time with friends, the Yuma, Arizona, teenager remains at home, where she entertains herself with picture books and "Sesame Street" and "Blue's Clues" DVDs.

Autism 911: Help for a family in chaosupdated: Tue Feb 03 2009 10:01:00

The Bilson family is like many other families: three kids, a cat, and a small, lovely home with lots of family photos and carved wooden wall signs with sayings like "Live, Laugh, Love."

Extremely premature infants more likely to test positive for autismupdated: Fri Jan 30 2009 17:35:00

Children who are born more than three months premature have double the expected rate of autism at age two as full-term children, according to a study published Wednesday in the Journal of Pediatrics.

Extradition delay for 'Pentagon hacker'updated: Fri Jan 23 2009 09:35:00

The British man accused of hacking into U.S. military computers got a dose of good news Friday when the High Court granted his request for a review of his case, thus postponing his extradition to the United States.

The top health stories of 2008updated: Fri Dec 26 2008 14:04:00

Concerns about health care, food and vaccine safety added to the anxieties Americans felt this year. But it wasn't all doom and gloom -- medical advances in stem cell research have scientists hoping for better transplant surgeries in the future. Here are the top health stories of the year:

Autism rates up despite removal of mercury from vaccinesupdated: Mon Dec 22 2008 12:42:00

A new study published in the January 2008 issue of Archives of General Psychiatry found the prevalence of autism cases in California children continued to rise after most vaccine manufacturers started to remove the mercury-based preservative thimerosal in 1999, suggesting that the chemical was not a primary cause of the disorder. Researchers from the State Public Health Department found that the autism rates in children rose continuously during the study period from 1995 to 2007. The preservative, thimerosal, has not been used in childhood vaccines since 2001, except for some flu shots. The latest findings failed to convince some parents and advocacy groups, who have long blamed mercury, a neurotoxin, for the disorder.

People.com: Watch Toni Braxton's New Autism PSAupdated: Fri Dec 05 2008 17:47:00

The singer urges adults to learn about the "red flags" of the disorder

Support and Hot Wheels after fireupdated: Thu Nov 20 2008 19:36:00

After the fire, all that was left of Jonathan Reyes' massive Hot Wheels collection was a piece of metal that once was part of a toy car.

Family says goodbye to homeupdated: Wed Nov 19 2008 19:45:00

The Reyes family has one final goodbye for their California home, which was destroyed by a wildfire.

Vaccines: Separating fact from fictionupdated: Wed Nov 05 2008 09:12:00

When Katie Shutters's 13-month-old daughter, Averie, was born, she followed the recommended vaccine schedule for two months. Then she did some research and decided to hold off on additional shots until Averie turned 9 months old. "I liked the idea of my breast milk giving her the immunities she needs and allowing her body to work for her instead of some medicine," says the stay-at-home mom from Indianapolis, Indiana. "She isn't in daycare, and we don't travel overseas. I had concerns about injecting her for no reason."

Insurance mandates for autismupdated: Wed Oct 22 2008 17:40:00

Dr. Sanjay Gupta looks at Virginia's push to mandate insurance companies to cover autism costs.

Parents press for autism insurance coverageupdated: Wed Oct 22 2008 17:40:00

Parents of children with autism often say it's like being on a roller coaster 24 hours a day. And the ticket for the ride is jaw-droppingly expensive.

U.N. event focuses on autismupdated: Wed Oct 01 2008 17:41:00

The diplomatic community calls for global attention to autism. CNN's Christiane Amanpour reports.

Autism efforts go global at U.N. forumupdated: Wed Oct 01 2008 17:41:00

Seeking to make the world of autism a little smaller, members of the international diplomatic community gathered Friday at the United Nations World Focus on Autism.

Time.com: Government Drops Controversial Autism Studyupdated: Wed Sep 17 2008 17:00:00

A government agency has dropped plans to test a controversial treatment for autism that critics had called an unethical experiment on children

Father and son adrift at seaupdated: Thu Sep 11 2008 18:59:00

Dr. Sanjay Gupta reports on how a father and his son who has autism survived treading water at sea for 14 hours.

Study: No link between measles vaccine and autismupdated: Thu Sep 04 2008 16:47:00

The Measles-Mumps-Rubella (MMR) vaccine causes neither autism nor gastrointestinal disorders, a study reported Wednesday, disputing a theory that has persisted for a decade.

Autism, vaccines not linkedupdated: Thu Sep 04 2008 16:47:00

A new study finds no link between the measles vaccine and Autism. Elizabeth Cohen discusses the findings on CNN.

Traveling with an autistic childupdated: Mon Aug 04 2008 09:45:00

Wherever 6-year-old Lennon Gunn goes -- even to Germany to visit his dad -- he's got his wooden-handled spatula in hand.

Time.com: Can Oxytocin Ease Shyness?updated: Mon Jul 21 2008 19:00:00

It's called the "love hormone," and it's been shown to mitigate symptoms of social disorders like autism. Now some manufacturers are touting it as a shyness remedy

Time.com: New Clues to Autism's Causeupdated: Thu Jul 10 2008 13:00:00

Research points to learning-related genes as a contributor to autism and suggests that early intervention in children can help fix genetic defects

A woman's struggle out of Iraqupdated: Tue Jul 08 2008 11:56:00

CNN's Cal Perry profiles one Iraqi refugee's struggle to find a comfortable home for her autistic child in Syria.

Parents sue over autismupdated: Mon Jul 07 2008 17:41:00

CNN's Sunny Hostin talks about parents who are trying to show a link between vaccines and autism.

Time.com: How Safe Are Vaccines?updated: Wed May 21 2008 19:00:00

Parents are opting out of shots for their kids. What the science says about the risks--and what you should do

Autism testimony resumes in vaccine courtupdated: Mon May 12 2008 16:03:00

Testimony resumed Monday in a long-running case involving thousands of children with autism that their parents contend was triggered by an early childhood vaccination.

Time.com: Families Try to Link Vaccine, Autismupdated: Mon May 12 2008 15:15:00

Attorneys will attempt to show that vaccines with the thimerosal preservative triggers symptoms of autism

Commentary: A view from the CDC on autismupdated: Mon Apr 07 2008 10:28:00

This week, the world has come together to focus on a major public health issue that affects thousands of children and their families around the world -- autism.

Commentary: A view from the CDCupdated: Thu Apr 03 2008 23:27:00

This week, the world has come together to focus on a major public health issue that affects thousands of children and their families around the world -- autism.

Autistic children linked to same sperm donorupdated: Wed Apr 02 2008 21:36:00

He's only 5½ years old, and yet he's practically memorized the entire New York subway grid.

Autistic Kid Masters NY Subwayupdated: Wed Apr 02 2008 21:36:00

Dylan Jackaway, 5, helps CNN's Randi Kaye navigate the New York City subway system.

Vaccine injury caseupdated: Wed Apr 02 2008 10:31:00

CNN's Dr. Sanjay Gupta reports on the latest developments in a vaccine injury settlement.

Vaccine case draws new attention to autism debateupdated: Wed Apr 02 2008 10:31:00

The parents of a 9-year-old girl with autism said Thursday that their assertion that her illness was caused by childhood vaccines has been vindicated by the federal government's decision to compensate them.

New autism studyupdated: Wed Apr 02 2008 10:30:00

New reports help doctors identify autism and do something to help. CNN's Kiran Chetry and Elizabeth Cohen have more.

Pediatricians urge early autism screeningupdated: Wed Apr 02 2008 10:30:00

From the time her daughter was very young, Briana Vartanian knew something was wrong.

Autism, knowing the signsupdated: Wed Apr 02 2008 10:28:00

Elizabeth Cohen outlines the proper steps for parents to take if they suspect their child is autistic.

Getting help for a child with autismupdated: Wed Apr 02 2008 10:28:00

When her son Justin was a newborn, Shannon Kinninger looked up from the kitchen where she was washing dishes, and saw a large, heavy toy fall on his head. Justin didn't cry.

Autism's mysteries remain as numbers growupdated: Wed Apr 02 2008 10:26:00

It remains one of the greatest mysteries of medicine. Although autism will be diagnosed in more than 25,000 U.S. children this year, more than new pediatric cases of AIDS, diabetes and cancer combined, scientists and doctors still know very little about the neurological disorder.

Why is autism a mystery?updated: Wed Apr 02 2008 10:26:00

Part one of a series on the mysteries of autism. CNN's Dr. Sanjay Gupta looks at why autism is still a mystery.

Autism in China: A mother's journeyupdated: Wed Apr 02 2008 10:24:00

When -- after many visits to doctors and hospitals --- Tian Huiping's son was finally diagnosed with autism, the only advice she was given was to make use of a loophole in China's "one-child" policy that allows parents with disabled children to have one more.

Autism: A struggle in Chinaupdated: Wed Apr 02 2008 10:24:00

Parents in China look for support and treatment for an often misunderstood affliction. CNN's John Vause reports

Autism and premature babiesupdated: Wed Apr 02 2008 10:22:00

CNN's Dr. Sanjay Gupta looks at a new autism study, and shows some of the videos iReport.com has received from viewers.

Mom wins fight for autism insuranceupdated: Wed Apr 02 2008 10:18:00

Ryan Unumb just turned 7 years old. He has about 100 words in his vocabulary, even if they are difficult to understand. He's potty trained. He loves playing with water. He follows instructions, he asks for food when he's hungry, and he gives lots of kisses.

Autism mom takes on insurersupdated: Wed Apr 02 2008 10:18:00

The mom of a boy with autism fights to get insurance to cover treatment. CNN's Drew Griffin reports

One man's story: When an autistic child grows upupdated: Tue Apr 01 2008 13:59:00

When meeting Jeff Donohoo, it's not immediately apparent he is a 36-year-old man living with autism. In fact, unless you get him talking about the Atlanta Braves -- one of his true passions in life -- he is a very quiet person.

Inside Naughty Autiesupdated: Fri Mar 28 2008 23:57:00

David Savill, a resident of the virtual world of Second Life, created a hangout for those on the autistic spectrum.

iReport: 'Naughty Auties' battle autism with virtual interactionupdated: Fri Mar 28 2008 23:57:00

Walk into Naughty Auties, a virtual resource center for those with autism, and you'll find palm trees swaying against a striking ocean sunset. Were it not for the pixelated graphics on the computer screen in front of you, you would swear you were looking at a tropical hideaway.

Autistic poet gives rare glimpse into mystery illnessupdated: Fri Mar 28 2008 20:54:00

Tito Mukhopadhyay shuffles to the front door of his home in Austin, Texas. He's coming home from school, something that would have been unthinkable just a few years ago.

Poet defies autismupdated: Fri Mar 28 2008 20:54:00

A mother develops a unique program to help her autistic son become a published poet. CNN's Colleen McEdwards reports.

Jenny McCarthy: The day I heard my son had autismupdated: Fri Mar 28 2008 13:36:00

I didn't know what was going on with my son Evan. One day he was a completely healthy 2-year-old and the next he kept having life-threatening seizures.

CNN Classroom Edition: Autism is a World updated: Wed Mar 26 2008 21:10:00

Record the CNN Special Investigations Unit Classroom Edition: Autism is a World when it airs commercial-free on Monday, March 31, 2008 from approximately 4:00-- 5:00 a.m. ET on CNN. (A short feature begins at 4:00 a.m. and precedes the program.)

Time.com: Case Study: Autism and Vaccinesupdated: Mon Mar 10 2008 21:00:00

What does the case of 9-year-old Hannah Poling tell us about a link between vaccines and autism?

Vaccines blamed for symptomsupdated: Fri Mar 07 2008 11:58:00

Government health officials concede that vaccinations triggered autism-like symptoms. CNN's Dr. Sanjay Gupta reports.

Could gene trigger autism?updated: Thu Jan 10 2008 10:23:00

CNN's Dr. Sanjay Gupta reports on new research that shows a possible genetic trigger for autism.

Time.com: Rare Gene Change Linked to Autismupdated: Wed Jan 09 2008 18:00:00

A rare genetic variation dramatically raises the risk of developing autism, a large study showed, opening new research targets for better understanding the disorder and for treating it

SI.com: Damon Hack: Texans' Green, Simmons reach out to Houston familyupdated: Tue Dec 25 2007 10:32:00

The best play in the NFL this year involved a perfect pass, a great catch, huge celebrations, and even tears.

Time.com: Autistic Kids: The Sibling Problemupdated: Mon Dec 24 2007 11:00:00

Brothers and sisters of autistic kids are in need of attention too. Here's how a mother copes -- and what experts say

Time.com: A New Approach to Correcting Autismupdated: Wed Dec 19 2007 14:00:00

A breakthrough study in mice points the way to reversing symptoms of Fragile X Syndrome -- and gives hope for treating other autistic disorders

Time.com: Finding and Fighting Autism Earlyupdated: Tue Oct 30 2007 03:20:00

Autism spectrum disorders can be picked up and treated very early in life, if you know what symptoms to look for

Autistic teen hiker foundupdated: Fri Oct 19 2007 10:53:00

Searchers talk about how they found an autistic 18-year-old lost in the wilderness for four days.

Search for autistic hikerupdated: Wed Oct 17 2007 10:35:00

CNN's Kiran Chetry talks with the family of a missing hiker and the spokesman for the search effort.

Missing teen hikerupdated: Tue Oct 16 2007 13:23:00

Crews in West Virginia are still looking for an 18-year-old autistic hiker. Affiliate WCHS has more.

People.com: Jenny McCarthy Opens Up About Her Autistic Sonupdated: Tue Sep 18 2007 19:22:00

Jenny McCarthy vividly remembers the harrowing realization three years ago that her son Evan, now 5, was autistic.

Time.com: Dining Out with an Autistic Childupdated: Wed Aug 15 2007 14:00:00

For parents, it can be hell. But one restaurant chain helped meals go down easier. Will others follow their lead?

Baggs: Live on an autistic island? Not meupdated: Thu Feb 22 2007 17:27:00

Amanda Baggs, a 26-year-old woman with autism, became a bit of an Internet sensation after she posted videos she made about how someone with autism experiences reality.

Living with autism in a world made for othersupdated: Wed Feb 21 2007 09:59:00

When I walk into her apartment, Amanda Baggs makes no eye contact. She doesn't come to the door or raise her hand to greet visitors. In fact, I'm having a hard time discerning whether she even knows I'm there. I say hello and introduce myself, but she remains silent, sitting at her desk, staring out the window, rocking slightly back and forth.

Fortune: Bob Wright's next moveupdated: Tue Feb 20 2007 07:49:00

In 1986, when Robert Wright went from running GE's finance division to running NBC, David Letterman joked that his new boss was going to order up a miniseries on the toaster oven. Twenty-one years ...

Inside autismupdated: Fri Jul 28 2006 13:37:00

Autism. It's a word more often heard these days. But what autism actually is is probably less understood by the average person.

Inside the autistic mindupdated: Sun May 07 2006 12:05:00

The road to Hannah's mind opened a few days before her 13th birthday.

Business 2.0: A Friendly Face for Autistic Kidsupdated: Sat Apr 01 2006 00:01:00

Treatment of autism, sadly, is a rapidly growing market. The incurable developmental disorder--which affects skills such as communication, social interaction, and perception of others' emotions--al...

Exorcist's brother says God claimed autistic boy's life, not defendantupdated: Fri Jul 09 2004 10:25:00

The brother of a minister on trial for suffocating an autistic child during an exorcism told jurors Thursday that it was God who "took" the child, not the defendant's intense ritual.

Money Magazine: LIVING WITH A TIME BOMB Two parents race the clock to secure a home for their retarded grown son before he explodes.updated: Mon Feb 01 1993 00:01:00

Returning from a shopping trip one Thursday last August, Karen McGovern, 55, found her six-foot, 193-pound son Billy angrily chasing his male home aide around the backyard of the family's Oklahoma ...

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