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Medical Issues and Autism

Many people on the autism spectrum are suffering from related physical and mental health conditions. Others are on a range of medications to treat symptoms of autism itself. Get answers to your questions about medical issues and autism.
  1. Autism & GI Issues (7)
  2. Drugs Used to Treat Autism (5)
  3. Sleep Issues and Autism (4)

Do Vaccines Contain Aborted Fetal Tissue?
Some parents reject vaccines on the basis that vaccines contain aborted fetal tissue. Is this really true?

Is Infant Diagnosis of Autism Possible?
Is it really possible to diagnose autism in infants? Philip and Osnat Teitelbaum believe the answer is yes, and they've written a book to promote their research. Find out more about their theories and research.

Is Infant Diagnosis of Autism Possible?
Is it really possible to diagnose autism in infants? Philip and Osnat Teitelbaum believe the answer is yes, and they've written a book to promote their research. Find out more about their theories and research.

Mitochondrial Disease and Autism
Mitochondrial disease is a rare illness which may be related to autism. What is the relationship? Might vaccinations contribute to autism when there is an underlying mitochondrial disorder?

Vaccines, Mitochondrial Disease and Autism
Mitochondrial disease may be associated with some cases of autism. Do vaccines play a role?

Accelerated Head Growth May be One Symptom of Autism
While there's no clear cut way to know whether an infant is likely to develop symptoms of an autism spectrum disorder, this study suggests that accelerated head growth may be one important symptom to track.

How to Choose the Wrong Treatment for Your Child with Autism
With so many treatments for autism out there, how do you know which are the right choices for your child? Here are just a few tips for how NOT to choose a therapy!

Who Should Diagnose Autism Spectrum Disorders?
Your child doesn't make eye contact, has speech delays, or just seems "off." You want to know if the problem could be autism. Who is the right person to evaluate and diagnose your child with autism?

Will Our Next Child Be Autistic?
Research shows that genetics play an important role in autism. If you already have one child with autism, how likely is it that your next child will be autistic too?

What Is Mitochondrial Disease? -- Mitochondrial Disease
Mitochondrial disease is a rare disorder which may be related to some cases of autism. Find out more!

The Biomedical Debate
Specialized diets, chelation, nutritional therapies and other alternative treatments for autism are popular and well regarded by many families. Mainstream researchers, however, point to potential dangers and questionable outcomes. The articles in this section include various different perspectives on a variety of alternative biomedical treatments for autism spectrum disorders.

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