Health & Behavior

Study Casts Doubt On Rising Autism Rates

The largest study of its kind suggests that actual autism rates probably have not changed in recent years, even though diagnoses of the developmental disorder continue to climb.

Doctors Largely Unprepared To Treat Adults On The Spectrum

A new survey finds many health care providers admittedly know little about how to care for adults with autism.

Feds Rethink Stance On Speech Devices

In an about-face, federal officials are reconsidering whether speech-generating devices ought to be capable of modern functionalities like calling, texting and emailing.

Despite Laws, Mental Health Coverage Often Falls Short

Under federal law, insurance plans that cover mental health must offer benefits that are on par with medical coverage, but in practice, that doesn’t always happen.

Preemies May Be Wired For Developmental Disorders

Differences in brain wiring could help explain why children born premature are at greater risk for autism and other developmental disorders, researchers say.

Psychiatrists Unveil Plain English Guide To DSM

With a new, first-of-its-kind book, psychiatrists are looking to decode the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders so that it’s more user-friendly.

In Kids Who Lose Autism Label, Struggles Often Persist

Some children diagnosed with autism lose the label as they age, new research suggests, but most continue to face other issues even though they’re no longer on the spectrum.

New Rules Expected For Medicaid Managed Care

As a growing number of states rely on private insurers to cover those with developmental disabilities, regulators are set to initiate the biggest overhaul of Medicaid managed-care in a decade.

In Girls, ASD Symptoms Often Less Apparent

Girls are frequently diagnosed with autism at older ages than boys and new research suggests that may be because they present with different symptoms.

Prodigies, People With Autism Share Genetic Link

A casual observation that prodigies often have relatives with autism has led to a study that’s pinpointed a genetic link between the two groups.

Marijuana Extract Tames Debilitating Seizures

In individuals with the most intractable forms of epilepsy, there’s new evidence that a liquid form of marijuana can reduce seizures by over half without causing the drug’s usual “high.”

Parent Training May Curtail Behavior Problems

With training, parents of children with autism can see vast improvements in behavioral troubles, including severe tantrums, according to new research.

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