Health & Behavior

Head Size Not A Predictor Of Autism, Researchers Say

There’s long been talk of a connection between autism risk and infant head size, but a large new study suggests that no such link exists.

Doctors Get New Recommendations For Diagnosing Disabilities

A major pediatricians’ group is issuing new guidelines for physicians diagnosing intellectual and other developmental disabilities.

Study Offers Clues To How Autism Develops

Kids with autism retain extra brain connections that other children weed out during development, researchers say in a new study that suggests drugs may be able to correct the issue.

Support Growing For Autism Behavior Therapy

A new government-backed review finds that there is substantially more evidence for behavior therapy in treating autism than even just a few years ago.

New Sites Added To Autism Treatment Network

Two more medical centers will soon join a national network designed to provide a one-stop shop for autism care.

Developmental Disorders More Common Than A Decade Ago

The number of children with disabilities is on the rise, largely due to growth in incidence of mental and developmental disorders, researchers say.

‘Love Hormone’ Not Responsible For Autism, Study Finds

While some children with autism may benefit from taking oxytocin, low levels of the so-called “love hormone” do not appear responsible for causing the developmental disorder, researchers say.

Despite Laws, ABA Therapy Often Hard To Come By

Even in states with laws requiring health insurers to cover autism therapy, parents say they’re hitting walls when they try to access such services.

Inflexibility May Be Hardwired In Those With Autism

Kids with autism have less flexible brains, researchers say in a new study that may help explain why switching from rest to a task can be particularly difficult for those on the spectrum.

Young People With Autism More Prone To Obesity

Even at young ages, individuals with autism are far more likely to be obese or overweight than their typically-developing peers, a new study finds.

Cerebral Palsy May Run In Families, Study Finds

Genes may play a bigger role in cerebral palsy than previously thought with researchers finding heightened risk in siblings and other relatives of those with the condition.

Feds Clarify Obligations To Kids With Autism

In what advocates are calling a major win, federal officials are for the first time telling states that Medicaid coverage must include treatments like ABA for children with autism.

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