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Ancient DNA Reveals Down Syndrome In 5,000-Year-Old Remains

An expansive analysis of DNA from ancient remains has revealed cases of Down syndrome from the past offering evidence that people with the disorder were treated similarly to others in their community.

February 22, 2024
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Study Finds Widely Available Drug May Lower Anxiety In Those With Autism

New research suggests that a decades-old drug can alleviate anxiety issues in kids and young adults with autism.

February 20, 2024

Halfway Through ‘Unwinding,’ Medicaid Enrollment Is Down About 10 Million

In what will be the biggest purge of Medicaid beneficiaries in a one-year span, enrollment in the program for low-income people and those with disabilities is on track to return to pre-pandemic levels.

February 13, 2024

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Congress Weighs Strengthening Health Care Protections For People With Disabilities

The U.S. House voted to bar Medicaid and other programs from considering a quality-of-life measure that could be used to discriminate against people with disabilities, but the bill's future is unclear.

February 12, 2024

Lack Of Resources To Address Severe Behaviors Leaves Families With Few Options

Families desperate for help with children with developmental disabilities are often left to put their trust in facilities hundreds of miles away or risk their own safety to handle crises at home.

February 6, 2024

Speech Providers Push Back On Insurance Effort To Cut Rates

When a large insurer announced plans to cut reimbursement rates for speech therapy by 12% threatening care for kids with developmental disabilities, speech language pathologists fought back and they won.

February 2, 2024

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FDA Expected To Reissue Ban On Shock Devices For Those With Disabilities

Federal regulators plan to issue a new ban on devices used to administer electric shocks on people with developmental disabilities more than two years after a previous effort was blocked in court.

February 1, 2024
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There Are No US Clinical Guidelines For Adult ADHD. That May Change Soon

Guidelines for evaluating ADHD only exist for treating children and adolescents even as diagnoses for adults are rapidly increasing.

January 23, 2024

Screen Time For Kids Under 2 Can Lead To Developmental Problems, Study Says

A new study suggests that exposing babies and toddlers under age 2 to any amount of television viewing and other forms of "screen time" could be harmful to their sensory development.

January 19, 2024

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Feds Move To Enforce Accessibility Standards For Medical Equipment

Doctor's offices often lack examination tables, weight scales and other diagnostic equipment that are accessible to people with disabilities. Now, the U.S. Department of Justice is trying to change that.

January 17, 2024
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How Do Co-Occurring Conditions Affect Those With Autism? Government Panel Wants To Know

A federal panel charged with guiding the government's autism efforts is looking for input on how other physical and mental health conditions impact those on the spectrum and the services they need.

January 16, 2024
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A Quarter Of Teens With Autism May Be Undiagnosed

Despite advances in autism diagnosis, one in four teens who are on the spectrum lack a formal diagnosis, researchers say.

January 9, 2024

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