Joyce S. Nicholas

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BACKGROUND Reported associations between gestational tobacco exposure and autism spectrum disorders (ASDs) have been inconsistent. OBJECTIVE We estimated the association between maternal smoking during pregnancy and ASDs among children 8 years of age. METHODS This population-based case-cohort study included 633,989 children, identified using publicly(More)
BACKGROUND This study was designed to evaluate the hypothesis that the prevalence of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) among children in the United States is positively associated with socioeconomic status (SES). METHODS A cross-sectional study was implemented with data from the Autism and Developmental Disabilities Monitoring Network, a multiple source(More)
Children with Autism often show difficulties in adapting to change. Previous studies of cortisol, a neurobiologic stress hormone reflecting hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis activity, in children with autism have demonstrated variable results. This study measured cortisol levels in children with and without Autism: (1) at rest; (2) in a novel(More)
OBJECTIVE The DSM-IV-TR specifies 12 behavioral features that can occur in hundreds of possible combinations to meet diagnostic criteria for autism spectrum disorder (ASD). This paper describes the frequency and variability with which the 12 behavioral features are documented in a population-based cohort of 8-year-old children under surveillance for ASD,(More)
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