Getting a head start on autism

New research points to effective early therapies for a surprisingly common brain disorder

By Bryn Nelson, 17:39 PM April 2, 2014

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This is the second of a two-part series on autism spectrum disorders.

When Matthew Shumaker was diagnosed with autism in the early 1990s, his parents didn’t know anyone else who had a child with the brain disorder.

How times have changed.

On March 27, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, or the CDC for short, delivered surprising news: Autism is far more common than people once thought. The disorder, which disrupts how the brain develops, may now impact as many as one in...

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