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In About-Face, NIH Designates Disability As A Health Disparity

Facing an uproar from disability advocates, the NIH says it will move forward with plans to put more resources toward addressing health care disparities among people with disabilities.

September 27, 2023
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Feds Back Effort To Train Doctors On Developmental Disabilities

Federal health officials are putting millions into a new effort to train future doctors on how to better care for individuals with developmental disabilities.

September 26, 2023

500,000 Mistakenly Dropped From Medicaid Nationwide

At least 500,000 children and families have been improperly marked for cancellation and then reinstated to coverage after federal officials recognized an issue affecting 30 states.

September 25, 2023

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Drinking Diet Soda During Pregnancy Linked To Autism, Study Finds

A new study found a link between boys diagnosed with autism and their mothers regularly drinking diet soda or a comparable amount of the artificial sweetener aspartame while pregnant or breastfeeding.

September 21, 2023
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Feds Urged To Classify Disability As A Health Disparity

Advocates are asking the Biden administration to step in after a government panel squashed plans to put more resources toward addressing the persistent disparities people with disabilities face.

September 18, 2023

NIH Weighs Changes To Its ‘Ableist’ Mission Statement

The NIH is considering changes to its mission statement amid concerns that the existing one furthers "ableist beliefs" that people with disabilities are "flawed" and need to be "fixed."

September 12, 2023

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Research Shows Hearing Test May Help Diagnose Autism In Newborns

New research finds that babies later diagnosed with autism had a split-second delay responding to sound on a routine newborn screening.

September 12, 2023
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Biden Administration Proposes Rule To Curb Disability Discrimination In Health Care

Federal officials are proposing new regulations prohibiting medical providers from discriminating against people with disabilities and setting new standards for accessibility at the doctor's office.

September 8, 2023
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Cuts To ABA Therapy Rates Worry Parents

After spending on ABA therapy soared exponentially, one state cut payments to therapists from $91 to $55 an hour, much to the chagrin of parents and providers who warn they may be forced to close.

September 8, 2023

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FDA Approved Eye-Tracking Device May Speed Autism Diagnosis, Studies Suggest

A newly available device could help doctors determine within minutes whether or not children as young as 16 months have autism with a high degree of accuracy, researchers say.

September 7, 2023
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Feds Warn Medicaid Programs Against Wrongly Dropping Beneficiaries

Federal officials say multiple states may be improperly removing individuals from Medicaid, a program many with disabilities rely on for everything from health care to home and community-based services.

September 5, 2023
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Study Links Screen Time To Developmental Delay

New research suggests that the more children are exposed to screens at age 1, the more likely they are to experience developmental delay in the years that follow.

September 5, 2023

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