Health & Behavior

Genes’ Role In Cerebral Palsy ‘Much Stronger’ Than Once Thought

With new findings suggesting that genes play a significant role in cerebral palsy, researchers say that broader use of genetic testing in those with the condition may be warranted.

Study: Dads’ Involvement Key For Families Affected By ASD

Many women struggle to deal with stress associated with having a child with autism, but new research suggests that fathers can play a big role in boosting moms’ mental health.

Scientists Trace Autism ‘Pathway’ From Gene To Brain

There is much that scientists don’t know about autism, but piece by piece genetic research is offering clues.

Study Finds Link Between Autism, Creativity

Especially creative ideas may be more likely to come from individuals with high levels of autism traits, a new study suggests, hinting at a possible advantage for those on the spectrum.

Funding For ASD Research Trending Up

Federal funding for autism research yo-yoed in recent years, but ultimately is on the rise, a new government report finds.

Government Panel Questions Universal Autism Screening

With autism rates rising, experts have pushed for years to expand screening for the developmental disorder to all children. But now an influential panel is saying not so fast.

Spending On Community Living Hits Record

For the first time ever, Medicaid is spending more on community-based services than on institutional care.

$28 Million Effort Aims To Identify Autism Biomarkers

With millions in funding, a public-private partnership is launching a national study aiming to better classify children with autism in order to improve treatment options.

Finding A Formula For ‘Medically Complex’ Kids

The number of children considered medically complex is on the rise, but with a slew of health challenges and costly care, identifying how to best treat them is proving difficult.

‘Miniature Brains’ Reveal An Outsized Secret About Autism

Scientists hoping to uncover the origins of autism are using reprogrammed skin cells to rewind the clock to the brain’s earliest days of development.

Analysis Ranks Best States For Disability Services

A diverse group of states spanning the nation came out on top in an annual ranking of services for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Speech Disorder More Common In Kids With Autism, Study Finds

New research suggests that an otherwise rare speech disorder may affect nearly two-thirds of kids with autism, a finding that’s prompting calls for greater screening.

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