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With $29 Million In Backing, MIT Launches Down Syndrome Center

A multi-million gift to establish a major new Down syndrome research center is said to be one of the largest ever focused on increasing knowledge of the chromosomal disorder.

March 21, 2019
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Study: Reworked Autism Definition Prompted Drop In Diagnoses

Five years after a sweeping overhaul of the diagnostic criteria for autism, research suggests that the changes have led fewer people to be identified with the developmental disorder.

March 20, 2019
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Kids With Severe Autism Often Overlooked In Research

Children who are on the severe end of the autism spectrum are increasingly being left out of studies on treating the developmental disorder, new research suggests.

March 19, 2019

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Amazon Yanks Books Touting Autism ‘Cures’

Online retailer Amazon has removed listings for two books claiming to offer cures for autism.

March 14, 2019

Disability Advocates Pressure FDA To Finalize Ban On Shock Devices

Months after the Food and Drug Administration pledged to ban devices used to administer electric shocks on people with developmental disabilities, advocates are asking what the holdup is.

March 13, 2019
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Facebook Clamping Down On Vaccine Misinformation

Less than a week after a major study further refuted any connection between autism and vaccines, Facebook says it will crack down on the spread of vaccine misinformation on its platform.

March 11, 2019

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Judge: Insurer’s Guidelines For ABA, Behavioral Health ‘Tainted’

In what advocates are calling a landmark case, a judge said a health insurer improperly factored its own financial interests in determining whether to cover autism therapy and other care.

March 8, 2019
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Large Study Confirms No Association Between Autism, MMR Vaccine

A study looking at more than 650,000 kids is further debunking any link between autism and the measles, mumps and rubella vaccine.

March 4, 2019

Moms Can Reduce Autism Odds — Even For Kids At High Risk, Study Shows

The genetic susceptibility for autism could potentially be overcome by taking maternal prenatal multivitamins, new research suggests.

March 1, 2019

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Dentists No Longer Permitted To Turn Away Patients Due To Disabilities

People with developmental disabilities may find it easier to get dental care after a national board changed its ethics policy to be more inclusive.

February 28, 2019

Kids With Autism Twice As Likely To Be Abused

New research suggests that children with autism are much more likely than other kids to be mistreated, according to a wide-ranging review of reports to child abuse hotlines.

February 25, 2019
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Feds: Patient With Intellectual Disability Blocked From Organ Transplant List

Federal officials say that a major university health care system will change its ways after denying a person with intellectual disability the opportunity to be placed on a transplant list.

February 18, 2019

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