Health & Behavior

Home Videos May Allow For Quicker Autism Diagnosis

Using YouTube videos, researchers say they’ve identified a new approach to autism screening that could significantly speed up the path to diagnosis.

Study Finds Inpatient Autism Treatment On The Rise

The number of children with autism who are being hospitalized — often due to mental health concerns — is on the rise, particularly among teens with the developmental disorder.

Federal Autism Panel Raises Concerns Over DSM Changes

A federal advisory panel is urging clinicians to be careful when applying new diagnostic criteria for autism in order to ensure that no one is denied needed services.

Report Finds Access To Mental Health Care Uneven

The ability to access a psychiatrist, psychologist or other mental health provider can vary dramatically depending on where you live.

Feds Double Down On Developmental Screening

With a new initiative, the Obama administration is looking to expand developmental and behavioral screening for children across the country.

Autism Rates Spike Again, CDC Says

The federal government is revising its official autism prevalence estimate upward to reflect a 30 percent increase over numbers reported just two years ago.

Study Finds Autism Originates During Pregnancy

New research is offering evidence that autism is linked to differences in the brain that emerge during pregnancy.

Behavior Problems May Be Best Addressed At Pediatrician

Kids are much more likely to participate in behavioral and mental health treatment when they can access it directly at their pediatrician’s office, a new study finds.

Poll Finds Many Still Believe Vaccines Cause Autism

A new national survey finds many Americans believe there’s truth to a number of widely-discussed medical conspiracy theories including one linking vaccines to autism and other disorders.

Kids’ Sleep, Ear Troubles May Point To Autism

Frequent ear infections and waking up multiple times per night are among a growing list of potential early signs of autism, new research suggests.

To Understand Autism, Researchers Turn To Dogs

Studying how dogs think could shed light on autism, human development and other disabilities, researchers at Yale say.

CDC Finds Obesity Risk Double For Those With Autism

New research suggests adolescents with developmental disabilities are significantly more likely than others their age to struggle with weight and those with autism are at greatest risk.

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