Health & Behavior

Young People With Autism More Prone To Obesity

Even at young ages, individuals with autism are far more likely to be obese or overweight than their typically-developing peers, a new study finds.

Cerebral Palsy May Run In Families, Study Finds

Genes may play a bigger role in cerebral palsy than previously thought with researchers finding heightened risk in siblings and other relatives of those with the condition.

Feds Clarify Obligations To Kids With Autism

In what advocates are calling a major win, federal officials are for the first time telling states that Medicaid coverage must include treatments like ABA for children with autism.

Study: Vaccines Safe, Problems ‘Extremely Rare’

Further allaying fears about a link between vaccines and autism, a systematic review finds that immunizations are generally safe and that the benefits far outweigh risks.

Validity Of CDC Autism Rates Questioned

With autism numbers rising every few years, some researchers in the field are sharply questioning the reliability of the government statistics.

Many Parents Of Kids With Autism Have Autistic Traits Too

Parents of children with autism are more likely to exhibit traits of the developmental disorder themselves, new research suggests.

Family’s Complaint Prompts Insurer To Drop ‘R-Word’

A major health insurer has agreed to stop using the term “mental retardation” after a family complained when the phrase was used to describe their daughter’s condition.

Senator Calls For Expansion Of Community-Based Services

A new proposal in the U.S. Senate would eliminate a government bias toward placing people with disabilities in institutional rather than community-based settings.

Autism Linked To Pesticide Exposure During Pregnancy

A new study is adding to evidence that prenatal exposure to pesticides may significantly increase a child’s risk of autism.

Study Points To Possibility Of Reversing Autism Symptoms

New research suggests that a decades-old drug may be able to reverse symptoms of autism and now the medication is set to be tested in children with the developmental disorder.

Military Families Make Push For Increased ABA Coverage

Currently, access to applied behavior analysis is limited for kids with developmental disabilities whose parents serve in the military, but efforts are underway to change that.

Google To Assist With Autism Research

Google is partnering with the nation’s largest autism advocacy organization in what’s being called an unprecedented move that could transform what’s known about the developmental disorder.

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