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New Test May Guide Cerebral Palsy Treatment Options

Kids with cerebral palsy often undergo aggressive surgeries to improve their movement, but now researchers say they have a better idea who is most likely to benefit from such procedures.

April 29, 2016
A young man with autism is pictured in the bedroom he rents at a home in California. Despite an increasing number of people on the spectrum entering adulthood, only a small portion of research dollars are focused on the needs of this population. (Lezlie Sterling/Sacramento Bee/TNS)

Autism Research Puts Limited Focus On Services, Lifespan Issues

A new federal report finds that fewer dollars are going toward studying services and the needs of those on the spectrum as they age.

April 26, 2016

Despite Waiting Lists, Medicaid Waivers Go Unused

Even as tens of thousands of adults and children wait for a Medicaid waiver, nearly a thousand waiver recipients in one state alone are letting the services available to them go unused.

April 26, 2016

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The FDA wants to ban electrical stimulation devices used to treat self-injurious or aggressive behavior citing an "unreasonable and substantial" risk to public health. (FDA/Flickr)

FDA Moves To Ban Shock Devices Used On Those With Special Needs

The FDA is moving forward with plans to ban devices used to administer electric shocks to those with developmental disabilities in an effort to modify their behavior.

April 22, 2016

Man With Prader-Willi Feels ‘Safe’ Now

After moving into a specialized home, a man with Prader-Willi syndrome says he's no longer afraid that he'll try to sneak out in the middle of the night to satisfy his insatiable hunger.

April 22, 2016

Project Aims To Collect DNA From 50,000 With Autism

An unprecedented new effort aims to collect genetic information from tens of thousands with autism and their families in order to learn about the disorder's causes and treatment potential.

April 21, 2016

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Tom Frieden, director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, at a Capitol Hill hearing earlier this year about Zika. This week, the agency confirmed that the mosquito-borne virus causes microcephaly and other developmental issues. (Olivier Douliery/Abaca Press/TNS)

CDC Confirms Zika Causes Microcephaly, Other Birth Defects

For the first time in history, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says a mosquito-borne virus is to blame for severe developmental and neurological problems in newborns.

April 14, 2016

Autism Genes May Be In All Of Us, Researchers Say

Genetic variants responsible for autism exist in varying degrees throughout the population – both in those on the spectrum and among typically-developing individuals – a new study suggests.

April 12, 2016
A new review of research on more than a million kids suggests that the amount of time parents wait between pregnancies influences a child's risk of autism and other conditions. (Jim Rassol/Sun Sentinel/TNS)

Birth Spacing May Influence Autism Risk

Waiting too little or too much time between pregnancies may significantly increase the odds that children will have autism or other developmental disabilities, new research suggests.

April 7, 2016

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Autism Study Participants May Be Too Homogeneous

Amid a growing body of research on autism interventions, new questions are being raised about a striking lack of diversity among study participants.

April 4, 2016

Parents Frustrated By Lack Of Residential Treatment Options

Struggling to cope with severe behaviors, many families say it's nearly impossible to find or pay for residential treatment for their kids even when such care is recommended by doctors.

April 1, 2016
Behavior therapist Kim Wagaman works with young people on the spectrum. New CDC data indicates that autism prevalence remains at 1 in 68 children. (Lezlie Sterling/Sacramento Bee/TNS)

CDC Finds No Change In Autism Prevalence

For the first time in over a decade, new federal autism statistics suggest that prevalence of the developmental disorder is steady.

March 31, 2016

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