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Large Study Identifies Trove Of Genes Linked To Autism

In what's being called the largest study of its kind, researchers say they've identified more than 100 genes associated with autism.

January 24, 2020

Judge Slashes Verdict In Risperdal Case

A judge chopped an $8 billion award to a man who claimed the maker of Risperdal failed to warn that boys using the drug — commonly prescribed to those with autism — could grow breasts.

January 21, 2020

FDA Misses Deadline To Ban Devices Used To Shock Those With Special Needs

The Food and Drug Administration missed its own deadline to finalize a ban on devices used to administer electric shocks on people with developmental disabilities.

January 20, 2020

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A Quarter Of Kids With Autism Go Undiagnosed, Study Suggests

A substantial number of children who meet the criteria for autism are failing to receive a formal diagnosis, according to a new study based on data from the CDC.

January 13, 2020

Saliva Test For Autism Hits Market

A saliva test designed to diagnose autism is now available and researchers say they hope it will help doctors detect the disorder faster and get kids help sooner, when it can be most effective.

January 8, 2020
Shayne Nagel, right, comforts her daughter, Erin, who has autism

Trump Signs 5-Month Extension Of Program Helping People Leave Institutions

For the fourth time in a year, lawmakers acted to keep alive a program that moves people with disabilities from institutions into the community, but its long-term fate remains in jeopardy.

January 6, 2020

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Pediatricians Get New Guidance On Autism

For the first time in over a decade, the nation's pediatricians are getting updated clinical recommendations on treating children with autism.

December 16, 2019

Congress Weighs Renewal Of Program That Moves People Out Of Institutions

After years in limbo, advocates say a deal is in the works to permanently renew a popular federal program that moves people with disabilities from institutions to the community.

December 12, 2019
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Nation Experiencing Severe Shortage Of Autism Therapists

Most states don't have nearly enough therapists trained to meet the needs of young people with autism, according to a first-ever review of the availability of ABA providers.

December 11, 2019

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New Center To Treat Adults With Autism

People with autism and other neurodevelopmental disabilities often have few places to go for treatment when they are no longer children. A new center is set to focus specifically on adults.

December 10, 2019

Death And Deals: Children With Special Needs Suffer, Private Equity Profits

At-home children's nursing care is dominated by a company assembled through a series of corporate takeovers that has two goals — quality care and maximizing profit.

December 6, 2019
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Doctors Making Virtual House Calls For Those With Special Needs

Aiming to ease the experience of visiting a doctor, a new program is allowing people with developmental disabilities to access medical and mental health care without leaving home.

November 22, 2019

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