Health & Behavior

Disability Advocates Push Back Against Wage Limits

Employment can be a tricky prospect for people with disabilities who rely on Medicaid to complete even the most basic daily activities since earning too much can mean losing benefits.

For Kids On The Spectrum, Intervention Offers Long-Term Gains

Children who participated in an early intervention designed to target autism symptoms at very young ages are continuing to see benefits from the treatment years later, a new study finds.

Concerns Raised About Special Autism Diets

Putting children with autism on special diets may not be such a good idea, researchers say.

States Consider Better Pay For In-Home Caregivers

As demand grows, some states are trying to improve wages and benefits for disability caregivers, aiming to attract and retain more skilled and dedicated workers in a high-turnover industry.

Disability Advocates Urge FDA To Ban Shock Devices

More than a year after the FDA said it might ban electric-shock devices used to modify behavior in individuals with disabilities, advocates are calling on the agency to take action.

Autism Risk May Vary With Parents’ Age

The odds of having a child with autism appear to go up and down as moms and dads move through life, according to the largest study of its kind.

Autism Severity Tied To Stress Levels

The severity of a child’s autism may be directly linked with the level of stress or anxiety they experience on a day-to-day basis, a new study suggests.

Changes Recommended For Medicaid Managed Care

For the first time in over a decade, regulators are proposing sweeping new rules designed to limit profits and improve care for Medicaid beneficiaries, including many with disabilities.

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.

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