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Date:5/14/2014

and the mu rhythm appears to distinguish high risk infants who do vs. do not develop autism. These and related findings will be discussed in our presentation.

Psychiatric and Medical Conditions Among Adults with ASD -- L. A. Croen; O. Zerbo; Y. Qian and M. L. Massolo, Division of Research, Kaiser Permanente Northern California.

Children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) have more medical and psychiatric diagnoses compared to their non-autistic peers. Given that increasing numbers of children with ASD are entering adulthood each year, understanding the general health status of adults with ASD is critical for resource planning and the development of effective strategies for health care delivery to this growing population. This study describes the frequency of psychiatric and medical conditions among a large, diverse, insured population of adults with ASD in the US. Based on information recorded by doctors in the medical records of adult members (≥ 18 years) of Kaiser Permanente Northern California (KPNC) from 2008-2012, we found that adults with ASD had significantly increased rates of depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, and suicide attempts, compared to adults without autism. Nearly all medical conditions were significantly more common in adults with ASD than controls, including diabetes, gastrointestinal disorders, epilepsy, sleep disorders, dyslipidemia, hypertension, and obesity. Rarer conditions, such as eating disorders, mechanical falls, vision and hearing impairments, osteoporosis, and chronic heart failure were also significantly more common among adults with ASD than controls. Of note, adults with ASD were significantly less likely to use alcohol or smoke. Finally, the rate of cancer was similar between ASD cases and controls. This study is among the first to highlight the significant excess burden of major psychiatric and medical conditions among adults with ASD. Their underlying impairments in social communic
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