Health & Behavior

Future Uncertain For National Children’s Study

An effort to track the health of 100,000 kids from birth to adulthood may stop before its official start in a potential setback for those looking for answers on autism and other disorders.

Increasingly, Dentists Tailoring Care For Kids With Special Needs

Dentists often rely on restraint and sedation to treat kids with disabilities, but with the right approach, these children are learning the skills to be treated just like other patients.

Study Offers Clues To Soaring Autism Rates

The substantial rise in autism in recent years is primarily, but not entirely, due to changes in how the developmental disorder is defined and reported, a new study suggests.

Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders May Be Underreported

There may be many more children than previously thought with developmental disabilities resulting from alcohol exposure during pregnancy, researchers say.

Trial Of Marijuana-Based Drug Offers Hope

For children experiencing dozens or even hundreds of seizures a day, an experimental drug derived from marijuana could make all the difference.

More Than 100 Genes Tied To Autism

Scientists say they’ve identified scores of genes linked to autism, offering a greater understanding of the roots of the developmental disorder that could lead to better treatments.

Support Urged For Families Weighing Out-Of-Home Placements

While the vast majority of kids with developmental disabilities are cared for at home, pediatricians are being reminded that out-of-home placements remain an important option.

Study: Group Approach May Help Parents Of Kids With Autism

With group training sessions, researchers say parents can learn to successfully incorporate autism therapy techniques into their everyday interactions with their children.

Healthy Eating Eluding Many With Disabilities

People with disabilities are falling far short when it comes to consuming recommended levels of vitamins and other nutrients, researchers say.

Study Finds Link Between Air Toxics, Autism

A new study has found links between autism and exposure to higher levels of certain air toxics during pregnancy and the first two years of life.

Harvard Study Finds Psychiatrists Tough To Access

Making an appointment with a psychiatrist is often an uphill battle no matter if you’re insured or if you intend to pay out of pocket, a new study suggests.

Autism Symptoms Eased By Broccoli Extract, Study Finds

A chemical that’s found in broccoli and other vegetables may be able to dramatically improve behavior and social skills in those with autism, researchers say.

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