Research

Home Videos May Allow For Quicker Autism Diagnosis

Using YouTube videos, researchers say they’ve identified a new approach to autism screening that could significantly speed up the path to diagnosis.

Study Finds Inpatient Autism Treatment On The Rise

The number of children with autism who are being hospitalized — often due to mental health concerns — is on the rise, particularly among teens with the developmental disorder.

Autism Rates Spike Again, CDC Says

The federal government is revising its official autism prevalence estimate upward to reflect a 30 percent increase over numbers reported just two years ago.

Study Finds Autism Originates During Pregnancy

New research is offering evidence that autism is linked to differences in the brain that emerge during pregnancy.

Behavior Problems May Be Best Addressed At Pediatrician

Kids are much more likely to participate in behavioral and mental health treatment when they can access it directly at their pediatrician’s office, a new study finds.

Poll Finds Many Still Believe Vaccines Cause Autism

A new national survey finds many Americans believe there’s truth to a number of widely-discussed medical conspiracy theories including one linking vaccines to autism and other disorders.

Kids’ Sleep, Ear Troubles May Point To Autism

Frequent ear infections and waking up multiple times per night are among a growing list of potential early signs of autism, new research suggests.

To Understand Autism, Researchers Turn To Dogs

Studying how dogs think could shed light on autism, human development and other disabilities, researchers at Yale say.

CDC Finds Obesity Risk Double For Those With Autism

New research suggests adolescents with developmental disabilities are significantly more likely than others their age to struggle with weight and those with autism are at greatest risk.

Delays Common Among Siblings Of Kids With Autism

In nearly half of cases, the younger brothers and sisters of kids with autism also show signs of atypical development, researchers say.

Focus Shifts To Transparency In Disability Research

As an increasing number of clinical trials focus on developmental disabilities, researchers are taking new steps to ensure that those with the conditions know what they’re getting into.

Genes May Give Girls Developmental Edge

New research adds to the theory that girls are more naturally protected than boys from developing autism and other developmental disorders.

Older Dads More Likely To Have Kids With Autism, Study Finds

A large new study is adding to mounting evidence tying older fathers to an increased risk of having children with autism and other disorders.

Harvard Study Links Chemicals, Neurodevelopmental Disabilities

Toxic chemicals may be responsible for a growing number of children with autism and other neurodevelopmental disabilities, researchers say.

Fifty Years On, Controversy Surrounds Down Syndrome Discovery

It’s been over 50 years since scientists determined that an extra copy of the 21st chromosome is responsible for Down syndrome. But today a battle continues over who deserves credit.

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