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Taking a diabetes drug may reduce the risk of weight gain in children with autism who are prescribed antipsychotics, new research suggests. (Thinkstock)

For Kids On The Spectrum, Drug May Keep Weight Gain At Bay

Weight gain is often a downside of taking medication to address autism symptoms, but a new study suggests that a commonly-used drug may counteract this unwanted side effect.

August 25, 2016
A man swims in the Trinity River in Dallas. Field tests in recent years have found river sediment with high levels of PCBs. (G.J. McCarthy/The Dallas Morning News/TNS)

Banned Chemicals May Increase Autism Odds

Chemicals banned decades ago still appear to be lingering with a new study finding a significantly higher risk for autism among children exposed to certain compounds during pregnancy.

August 23, 2016

Early Autism Diagnosis Key To Effective Treatment, Study Finds

Children diagnosed with autism before the age of 4 are more likely to get effective treatment than those who are determined to have the disorder after that threshold, researchers say.

August 16, 2016

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Study: Younger Siblings Face Higher Autism Risk

Younger siblings of those with autism are over a dozen times more likely than other kids to have the developmental disorder too, a new study suggests.

August 9, 2016

States Urged To Strengthen Community-Based Options

Federal Medicaid officials are pushing states to do more to ensure that people with disabilities have access to the care they need in order to remain in the community.

August 5, 2016

Concerns About Overlapping ASD Research Persist

Nearly three years after investigators warned that most federally-funded autism research is "potentially duplicative," a new report finds some improvement but suggests that concerns remain.

August 2, 2016

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Technology May Help Doctors Learn To Address Autism

Despite the increasing prevalence of autism, many pediatricians remain ill-equipped to identify and support kids with the developmental disorder, but a new approach may help stem that tide.

July 29, 2016

Drugs Taken By Those With ASD Come With Varied Risk

New research suggests that some of the medications often used to address symptoms associated with autism are more likely than others to cause weight gain.

July 26, 2016
Yielding to "market forces," UnitedHealthcare said it plans to include ABA coverage in all of its small and large group health insurance policies starting next year. (Mike Blake/Reuters)

In First, Insurer To Offer ABA Coverage Nationwide

The nation's largest health insurer says it will soon include coverage of applied behavior analysis in every group plan it offers.

July 22, 2016

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Spending on institutional care across the country is being outpaced by funding for community-based services, according to a new analysis of Medicaid allocations for long-term care services during fiscal year 2014. (Thinkstock)

Community Living Spending Continues To Rise

Increasingly, Medicaid dollars are going toward community-based services as opposed to institutional care, but some states are moving in that direction more rapidly than others.

July 19, 2016

Despite Federal Directive, Some With Autism Still Denied ABA

While some state Medicaid programs acted quickly to add coverage for ABA in response to a federal bulletin two years ago, kids with autism in other areas are still being denied the therapy.

July 13, 2016

Families Face Indefinite Wait For Services

Adults with developmental disabilities and their families are finding out that even being on an "emergency" waiting list for waiver services can mean joining a list 5,000 people deep.

June 24, 2016

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