Health & Behavior

For Those With Spina Bifida, Medical Advances Lead To Longer Lives

The past few decades have been transformative for people born with spina bifida, experts say, with individuals now reaching their 40s and 50s.

Women With Disabilities Tackle Reproductive Health

Outdated assumptions combined with accessibility issues often leave women with disabilities in the dark when it comes to sexual health, but a new guide aims to change that.

Overlapping Symptoms May Delay ASD Diagnosis

Symptoms of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder may mask signs of autism in young children, researchers say, often delaying diagnosis for years.

Google Poaches Top Neuroscientist To Lead Mental Health Project

The nation’s top neuroscientist — responsible for shaping the federal government’s approach to autism and other mental disorders for over a decade — is headed to Silicon Valley.

Pregnancy Timing May Influence Autism Risk

Waiting too few years or too many between pregnancies can greatly affect a child’s risk for autism, new research suggests.

Researchers Question Efficacy Of Brain Balancing

A rapidly expanding national franchise operation with nearly 80 locations has touted its medication-free program to those on the autism spectrum, but experts warn that evidence is lacking.

Proposal Aims To Curb Disability Bias Among Doctors, Insurers

The Obama administration is taking new steps to ensure that people with disabilities don’t face discrimination at the doctor’s office.

Laws Mandate Education For Would-Be Parents About Down Syndrome

Nearly a dozen states require that parents receiving a prenatal Down syndrome diagnosis be provided with information about the disorder, but the impact of such laws can be hard to qualify.

Mental Health Professionals In Short Supply

In many counties there’s not a single psychiatrist and recruiting new ones to meet demand is proving difficult.

Questions Raised About Meds Used For Intellectual Disability

New research suggests that many drugs are vasty overprescribed to people with intellectual disabilities despite scant evidence that they provide any benefit.

Study Backs Genetic Testing For Kids With Autism

Newly available genetic testing may offer answers for about 16 percent of children with autism, according to a new study that’s lending support for more widespread use of the analyses.

Lawsuit Claims State Mismanaged Funds For Waiver Services

Thousands of people with disabilities have been forced to wait months and even years for community-based services because more than $1 billion went unspent, a federal lawsuit alleges.

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