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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
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

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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
Birth control pills are among the most common menstrual management tools used by teenagers who have developmental disabilities, according to new guidance from the American Academy of Pediatrics. The group is encouraging pediatricians to be proactive in helping adolescents with disabilities manage their changing bodies. (Thinkstock)

Doctors Urged To Address Needs Of Females With Disabilities

Pediatricians are being encouraged to take a more active role in helping families prepare for and adapt to the changes that come with puberty for girls with disabilities.

June 22, 2016

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Federal Panel Seeks Input On Autism

A federal autism advisory panel is looking for public feedback as it prepares to update the government's priorities for addressing the developmental disorder for the first time in years.

June 21, 2016
An analysis of dozens of studies shows that a growing number of youths with autism and intellectual disability are being prescribed antipsychotics. (Thinkstock)

More With Developmental Disabilities Medicated, Study Finds

Young people with autism and intellectual disability account for a burgeoning number of those prescribed antipsychotics, new research suggests.

June 17, 2016
As part of an update this fall to Apple Watch, wheelchair users will gain the ability to track their fitness level. (Apple)

Apple Adding Accessibility Features

Apple is introducing new features designed to help people with disabilities be more physically active.

June 14, 2016

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Gerard Fobes, 45, has Down syndrome and plans to participate in research looking at why people with the chromosomal disorder are more likely to develop Alzheimer's disease and do so at younger ages. (Sam Gangwer/Orange County Register/TNS)

Down Syndrome Link Seen As Key To Understanding Alzheimer’s

People with Down syndrome are not only more susceptible to Alzheimer's disease, but they experience onset at younger ages. The hunt is on to understand why.

June 13, 2016

FTC Cracks Down On Company Making Autism Claims

Those behind a "brain training" program that claimed to improve autism and a slew of other serious conditions will pay up under a settlement with federal officials.

June 10, 2016

Center Focuses On ABA Therapy For Hispanics

For Latino children, autism diagnosis is often delayed and treatment can be difficult to access, but a unique center is looking to offer help in a culturally-sensitive environment.

June 3, 2016

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