Research

People With Down Syndrome May Actually Age Faster

The inner workings of people with Down syndrome age much faster than typically-developing individuals, a new study suggests.

Saliva Test Shows Promise For Diagnosing Autism

A first-of-its-kind study suggests that protein levels in the saliva of children with autism differ from those without the developmental disorder.

Genes May Play Bigger Role In Cerebral Palsy

Once thought to be chiefly related to lack of oxygen at birth, new research suggests that a sizable number of cerebral palsy cases are in fact rooted in genetics.

Autism Speaks Alters Position On Vaccines

Amid concerns about measles, the nation’s largest autism advocacy group has updated its stance on vaccines and autism, but remains mum on whether it will fund further studies on the issue.

Study: By Age 6, Some With Autism See Improvement

New research suggests that young children with autism experience dramatically different trajectories, with some seeing improvement in their symptoms by age 6.

Autism Genes Often Differ, Even Among Siblings

Adding to confusion about the roots of autism, new research suggests that varying genes are often responsible for the disorder even among siblings who share a diagnosis.

Parent-Led Intervention May Lower Kids’ Autism Risk

Training parents to enhance social interactions with their infant children may reduce the likelihood that kids at risk for autism will ultimately develop the disorder, researchers say.

Feds Put New Focus On Down Syndrome

As people with Down syndrome live longer than ever before, the National Institutes of Health is looking to reshape its efforts related to the chromosomal disorder.

Doctor Visits May Be Insufficient To Spot Autism

Routine visits to the pediatrician are often far too short to accurately identify children at risk for autism, a new study suggests.

CDC Stepping Up Autism Monitoring Efforts

As federal officials launch a new round of autism surveillance, they’re looking at more than prevalence alone, with plans to track diagnostic changes, younger kids and other disabilities.

Mounting Evidence Points To Air Pollution, Autism Link

Exposure to high levels of air pollution during pregnancy — particularly during later stages — may double a woman’s risk of having a child with autism, a new Harvard study suggests.

Effectiveness Of Cerebral Palsy Treatment Weighed

A surgery that improves mobility for some kids with cerebral palsy leaves others even more likely to lose balance. Now researchers are working to understand who’s most likely to benefit.

New Tests Offer Clarity For Kids Lacking Diagnosis

For those with developmental issues but no firm diagnosis, mapping a child’s complete genetic information can quickly offer answers and potential treatment options, researchers say.

Researchers Identify Autism ‘Thought-Marker’

Autism diagnosis currently relies on clinical evaluation, but a new study suggests it may be possible to detect the disorder with near perfect accuracy using brain scans.

Cancer Drug May Play Role In Treating Fragile X

A potential cancer treatment may also relieve behavioral symptoms of a condition associated with autism and intellectual disability, researchers say.

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