Health & Behavior

Drugmaker Ordered To Pay Man With Autism Over Breast Growth

A jury has awarded $2.5 million to a man with autism who grew size 46 DD breasts after taking a drug commonly prescribed to those with the developmental disorder.

Doctors Often Skip Protocols For Antipsychotics, Study Finds

As an increasing number of kids are prescribed powerful antipsychotics, a new study finds that many doctors are deviating from established medical guidelines when they dole out the scripts.

People With Down Syndrome May Actually Age Faster

The inner workings of people with Down syndrome age much faster than typically-developing individuals, a new study suggests.

Training Aims To Tackle Autism Knowledge Gap Among Doctors

A new effort is in the works to help train doctors and other health care providers to better serve individuals on the spectrum.

Effort To Prevent Birth Defects Hits FDA Roadblock

A tweak to the nation’s food supply nearly two decades ago led to a significant decrease in birth defects, but advocates say more can be done.

Saliva Test Shows Promise For Diagnosing Autism

A first-of-its-kind study suggests that protein levels in the saliva of children with autism differ from those without the developmental disorder.

Genes May Play Bigger Role In Cerebral Palsy

Once thought to be chiefly related to lack of oxygen at birth, new research suggests that a sizable number of cerebral palsy cases are in fact rooted in genetics.

Medicaid Cuts Could Mean Less Access To Doctors

A new study finds that a hefty pay hike for doctors led to greater access for individuals on Medicaid — including many with disabilities — but the raise was only temporary.

Autism Speaks Alters Position On Vaccines

Amid concerns about measles, the nation’s largest autism advocacy group has updated its stance on vaccines and autism, but remains mum on whether it will fund further studies on the issue.

Study: By Age 6, Some With Autism See Improvement

New research suggests that young children with autism experience dramatically different trajectories, with some seeing improvement in their symptoms by age 6.

New Tools Aim To Make Doctor Visits Less Daunting

Individuals with autism often struggle to access the medical care they need, but a new set of tools is designed to smooth interactions between those on the spectrum and their physicians.

Autism Genes Often Differ, Even Among Siblings

Adding to confusion about the roots of autism, new research suggests that varying genes are often responsible for the disorder even among siblings who share a diagnosis.

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