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Taking a diabetes drug may reduce the risk of weight gain in children with autism who are prescribed antipsychotics, new research suggests. (Thinkstock)

For Kids On The Spectrum, Drug May Keep Weight Gain At Bay

Weight gain is often a downside of taking medication to address autism symptoms, but a new study suggests that a commonly-used drug may counteract this unwanted side effect.

August 25, 2016
A man swims in the Trinity River in Dallas. Field tests in recent years have found river sediment with high levels of PCBs. (G.J. McCarthy/The Dallas Morning News/TNS)

Banned Chemicals May Increase Autism Odds

Chemicals banned decades ago still appear to be lingering with a new study finding a significantly higher risk for autism among children exposed to certain compounds during pregnancy.

August 23, 2016
New research finds that parents of children with autism who acquired a dog experienced decreasing stress levels over time, a phenomenon that was not observed among those without the canines. (Andrew Branch/Unsplash)

Dog Ownership May Ease Stress In Autism Families

Having a pet dog around the house may markedly lower stress and offer other benefits for families of children on the spectrum, researchers say.

August 18, 2016

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A new report finds that Americans with disabilities account for a larger share of eligible voters than either African-Americans or Latinos. (Jose M. Osorio/Chicago Tribune/TNS)

Disability Could Play Outsized Role In Election

The number of potential voters with disabilities is on the rise and now exceeds that of either African-Americans or Latinos in this country, according to a new report.

August 16, 2016

IDEA Applies To Online Schools Too

Students with disabilities are entitled to special education services and supports even if they attend school online, the U.S. Department of Education says.

August 12, 2016

Study: Younger Siblings Face Higher Autism Risk

Younger siblings of those with autism are over a dozen times more likely than other kids to have the developmental disorder too, a new study suggests.

August 9, 2016

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Jobs Report Offers Mixed Message On Disability Employment

The unemployment rate for Americans with disabilities fell significantly in the latest jobs report from the U.S. Department of Labor, but that doesn't tell the whole story.

August 5, 2016

Concerns About Overlapping ASD Research Persist

Nearly three years after investigators warned that most federally-funded autism research is "potentially duplicative," a new report finds some improvement but suggests that concerns remain.

August 2, 2016

Technology May Help Doctors Learn To Address Autism

Despite the increasing prevalence of autism, many pediatricians remain ill-equipped to identify and support kids with the developmental disorder, but a new approach may help stem that tide.

July 29, 2016

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Drugs Taken By Those With ASD Come With Varied Risk

New research suggests that some of the medications often used to address symptoms associated with autism are more likely than others to cause weight gain.

July 26, 2016
With 18 original designs, advocates with the group Scope are looking to encourage more emojis illustrating the experiences of people with disabilities. (Scope)

New Emojis Depict Range Of Abilities

There are countless emojis available, but only one depicting disability. Now, a group of advocates is looking to change that.

July 20, 2016

Feds Offer Up Millions To Boost Disability Employment

Millions of dollars are up for grabs designed to help states improve services for people with disabilities seeking work.

July 18, 2016

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