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6 Month Old Head and Neck Strength Might Indicate Autism

I can just see people pulling out their child's videos - did my child drop his or her head back when pulled up to sitting position as a 6 month old? Kennedy Krieger Institute did a study with 40 babies and found that 9 out of 10 babies ended up with an autism diagnosis that had the "head lag" issue.

American Academy of Pediatricians Urges Autism Screenings

The American Academy of Pediatricians (AAP) distributed 2 new reports on autism: Management of Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders and Identification and Evaluation of Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders. The reports cover treatment options and urge early identification through 2 early screenings from medical doctors at 18 and 24 months. According to the AAP press release, the first report covers:

Key to Autism: Fatty Acids?

An interesting story in the Star-Ledger that talks about testing in children with autism that may indicate they are unable to process certain fatty acids:
The UMDNJ researchers say they have found that children with autism are unable to metabolize key fatty acids that help the body fight inflammation that causes damage to the brain and other organs. "It's an exciting story that's unfolding," said George Lambert, coordinator of the 15-member research team.