Health & Behavior

Doctors Often Dismiss Parents’ Autism Concerns

Pediatricians often fail to take seriously parent concerns about autism, new research suggests, sometimes delaying children from receiving a diagnosis and treatment for years.

Unfit For Trial, Many With Special Needs Stuck Behind Bars

Many people with developmental disabilities are languishing in jail simply because they’ve been deemed unfit to stand trial and treatment facilities are unavailable.

Brain Imaging May Provide Early Developmental Prognosis

Researchers have discovered a test that can reliably forecast whether or not children displaying signs of autism are likely to develop speech, comprehension and social skills.

Feds Call For Expanded Mental Health Coverage

Federal officials want Medicaid to beef up access to mental health care for individuals with disabilities and other beneficiaries.

Large-Scale Study To Look For Causes Of ASD

Work is beginning on what is believed to be the largest genetic research project ever conducted by a health organization into the causes of autism.

New DNA Test Highly Accurate In Detecting Down Syndrome

A new, increasingly popular prenatal test is extremely accurate in detecting Down syndrome very early in pregnancy, but whether it should replace standard testing is still not clear.

Kids With Autism See Big Benefits From Massage

Massage can lessen autism severity in the months following diagnosis, making the treatment an effective early intervention, a new study suggests.

GI Troubles May Be Early Sign Of Autism

Gastrointestinal issues common among many on the spectrum are often apparent in infancy — well before individuals are diagnosed with the developmental disorder, researchers say.

Autism Largely Rooted In Genetics, Study Finds

Genes may be more responsible for autism than previously thought, researchers say, with the developmental disorder traced to heritability in the vast majority of cases.

Study Links Autism Genes To Higher Intelligence

Children who inherit genes that raise the risk of autism but don’t actually develop the disorder may inherit higher-than-average intelligence, researchers say.

Study Finds Merit In Autism Blood Test

A blood test may be able to accurately identify children with autism as young as 12 months, new research suggests.

Drugmaker Ordered To Pay Man With Autism Over Breast Growth

A jury has awarded $2.5 million to a man with autism who grew size 46 DD breasts after taking a drug commonly prescribed to those with the developmental disorder.

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