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For Many Kids With Autism, Health Care Needs Go Unaddressed

Children with autism are twice as likely as those with other disabilities to have unmet health care needs, according to a new report.

January 22, 2019
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How A Dental Clinic Is Filling A Void For Those With Special Needs

People with disabilities frequently struggle to find dentists willing to take on their care, but in an unassuming brick hospital building lies a clinic specifically for this population.

January 16, 2019

Study Pinpoints Down Syndrome Milestones

Individuals with Down syndrome continue to learn new skills well into adulthood, according to a study that's offering a timetable of what to expect from those with the chromosomal disorder.

January 15, 2019

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Nichole and Matthew Lowther play

Girls On The Spectrum Often Go Unnoticed

Though boys with autism are estimated to outnumber girls by 4-1, experts now say that may be because many females are overlooked.

January 15, 2019

FDA Warns Against Jewelry For Sensory Stimulation

Special necklaces, bracelets and other jewelry used by people with special needs to provide sensory stimulation are dangerous, federal regulators say.

January 8, 2019

Wearable Device May Be Able To Predict Autism Aggression

A $3.1 million national study is looking at whether a Fitbit-like device can predict aggression in those with autism, potentially offering caregivers time to intervene.

January 8, 2019

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Doctors Urged To Broaden Care For Children With Disabilities

Pediatricians are being encouraged to consider more than the medical issues in front of them when treating kids with special needs.

December 18, 2018

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

Two years after proposing a ban on devices used to administer electric shocks on people with developmental disabilities, federal regulators say they intend to move forward with the plan.

December 17, 2018

Home Videos May Speed Autism Diagnosis

Short home videos may provide enough information to determine whether or not a child is on the autism spectrum, a new study suggests.

December 14, 2018

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Drugs In The Works To Treat Autism’s Core Symptoms

Federal regulators put two experimental drugs targeting autism's core symptoms on a fast track for testing and approval this year, but they're still a long way from pharmacy shelves.

December 11, 2018
Shayne Nagel, right, comforts her daughter, Erin, who has autism

Future Uncertain As Money To Move People Out Of Institutions Runs Dry

With time and money running out, advocates are pushing for passage of a bill that would extend a federal program that moves people with disabilities from institutions to community living.

December 7, 2018

Second Study Corroborates 1 In 40 Autism Rate

For the second time in a week, new data from a national survey suggests that the prevalence of autism in this country is higher than previously thought.

December 4, 2018

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