Research

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.

Future Uncertain For National Children’s Study

An effort to track the health of 100,000 kids from birth to adulthood may stop before its official start in a potential setback for those looking for answers on autism and other disorders.

Study Offers Clues To Soaring Autism Rates

The substantial rise in autism in recent years is primarily, but not entirely, due to changes in how the developmental disorder is defined and reported, a new study suggests.

Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders May Be Underreported

There may be many more children than previously thought with developmental disabilities resulting from alcohol exposure during pregnancy, researchers say.

Trial Of Marijuana-Based Drug Offers Hope

For children experiencing dozens or even hundreds of seizures a day, an experimental drug derived from marijuana could make all the difference.

More Than 100 Genes Tied To Autism

Scientists say they’ve identified scores of genes linked to autism, offering a greater understanding of the roots of the developmental disorder that could lead to better treatments.

Study: Group Approach May Help Parents Of Kids With Autism

With group training sessions, researchers say parents can learn to successfully incorporate autism therapy techniques into their everyday interactions with their children.

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