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CDC Says Developmental Disabilities Are On The Rise

An increasing number of American children have developmental disabilities, the federal government says, even as autism and intellectual disability rates remain largely steady.

November 29, 2017
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Autism Odds Tied To Birth Spacing, Study Finds

Waiting too long — or not long enough — between pregnancies appears to increase a child's risk of developing autism, according to a new study led by researchers at the CDC.

November 28, 2017

Stem Cells Show Promise For Kids With Cerebral Palsy

New research is adding to evidence that children with cerebral palsy can see meaningful gains from infusions of stem cells from their own cord blood.

November 10, 2017

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As Medicaid Managed Care Proliferates, So Do Complaints

Thirty-eight states have radically changed the way they run their Medicaid programs, but questions remain about whether people with disabilities are receiving adequate care as a result.

November 6, 2017
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Revamped Scientific Plan Forthcoming At Autism Speaks

As the nation's largest autism advocacy group works to reshape its scientific agenda, members of the community are urging the nonprofit to prioritize work that affects quality of life.

October 31, 2017

CDC Turns To Tech To Flag Developmental Delays

Federal officials are introducing a new app aimed at helping parents determine if their kids may be at risk for developmental issues.

October 30, 2017

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Should A Disability Affect Who Gets Organ Transplants?

At least six states have laws aimed at making sure people cannot be kept off organ-transplant waiting lists solely because of their disability and more legislatures may soon follow suit.

October 25, 2017

Social Class May Influence Autism Diagnosis

Even as autism prevalence has increased, new research finds that the likelihood of getting diagnosed with the developmental disorder remains largely tied to socioeconomics.

October 17, 2017
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Autism Insurance Mandates Boost Access To Care, Study Says

Kids with autism who live in states that require insurers to cover treatment for the developmental disorder are receiving significantly more services, researchers say.

October 12, 2017

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Report Finds People With Developmental Disabilities Dying In State Care

The state of Georgia continues to have people with developmental disabilities die while under state care, with 160 deaths in the past fiscal year, according to a court-appointed observer.

October 11, 2017

Cerebral Palsy Can Be Diagnosed By 6 Months Of Age, Study Finds

Cerebral palsy can be accurately diagnosed by 6 months of age, researchers say, yet kids often aren't flagged until they're 1 or 2, potentially losing out on valuable early intervention.

October 3, 2017

Twitter Fueling Anti-Vaccine Sentiment

An online chorus linking some immunizations to autism has gained momentum via Twitter, a new study shows, with most of the negative comments coming from select areas of the country.

October 3, 2017

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