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Telehealth may offer benefits for families of kids with autism, new research suggests, and could be particularly useful for those living in rural or medically-underserved areas. (Thinkstock)

Online Autism Training Shows Promise For Families

As researchers look for ways to help parents better interact with their kids on the spectrum, a new study suggests that families may be able to boost their skills without even leaving home.

May 24, 2016

To Help Son With Severe Behaviors, Parents Give Up Custody

Some families dealing with severe behavior challenges are left with little choice but to relinquish custody in order to secure needed residential services for their kids.

May 24, 2016

ABA Coverage Mandates May Be Falling Short

Forty-four states and Washington, D.C. require health insurers to cover autism treatments. But new research suggests these efforts are failing in key ways to help people get needed therapy.

May 18, 2016

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Excessive Folate May Increase ASD Risk

Doctors have long told pregnant women to get enough of the nutrient folate to ensure proper brain development in their babies, but new research suggests there can be too much of a good thing.

May 13, 2016
South Dakota is relying far too much on nursing homes to care for people with disabilities, according to the Justice Department. (Thinkstock)

Feds: Relying On Nursing Homes For Those With Disabilities Not OK

The Obama administration is threatening legal action after an investigation found a state unnecessarily relying on nursing homes to provide disability services in violation of the ADA.

May 3, 2016

New Test May Guide Cerebral Palsy Treatment Options

Kids with cerebral palsy often undergo aggressive surgeries to improve their movement, but now researchers say they have a better idea who is most likely to benefit from such procedures.

April 29, 2016

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A young man with autism is pictured in the bedroom he rents at a home in California. Despite an increasing number of people on the spectrum entering adulthood, only a small portion of research dollars are focused on the needs of this population. (Lezlie Sterling/Sacramento Bee/TNS)

Autism Research Puts Limited Focus On Services, Lifespan Issues

A new federal report finds that fewer dollars are going toward studying services and the needs of those on the spectrum as they age.

April 26, 2016

Despite Waiting Lists, Medicaid Waivers Go Unused

Even as tens of thousands of adults and children wait for a Medicaid waiver, nearly a thousand waiver recipients in one state alone are letting the services available to them go unused.

April 26, 2016
The FDA wants to ban electrical stimulation devices used to treat self-injurious or aggressive behavior citing an "unreasonable and substantial" risk to public health. (FDA/Flickr)

FDA Moves To Ban Shock Devices Used On Those With Special Needs

The FDA is moving forward with plans to ban devices used to administer electric shocks to those with developmental disabilities in an effort to modify their behavior.

April 22, 2016

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Man With Prader-Willi Feels ‘Safe’ Now

After moving into a specialized home, a man with Prader-Willi syndrome says he's no longer afraid that he'll try to sneak out in the middle of the night to satisfy his insatiable hunger.

April 22, 2016

Project Aims To Collect DNA From 50,000 With Autism

An unprecedented new effort aims to collect genetic information from tens of thousands with autism and their families in order to learn about the disorder's causes and treatment potential.

April 21, 2016
Tom Frieden, director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, at a Capitol Hill hearing earlier this year about Zika. This week, the agency confirmed that the mosquito-borne virus causes microcephaly and other developmental issues. (Olivier Douliery/Abaca Press/TNS)

CDC Confirms Zika Causes Microcephaly, Other Birth Defects

For the first time in history, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says a mosquito-borne virus is to blame for severe developmental and neurological problems in newborns.

April 14, 2016

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