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Company Peddling Unproven Autism Treatments Forced To Close

A drug and dietary supplement maker has been ordered to cease operations after the FDA found that it was falsely marketing products as being able to treat autism and other conditions.

February 24, 2017
Cassandra Burgess-Alex with her son Diallo, who has autism

Study Finds Medicaid Waivers Help Parents Stay Employed

Parents of children with autism are more likely to remain in the workforce if they have access to Medicaid waiver services for their kids, new research suggests.

February 21, 2017
A man holds a young child

In Breakthrough, Researchers Detect Autism Signs In Infants

For the first time, a new study suggests it's possible to predict within the first year of life if a child will develop autism.

February 15, 2017

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Managed Care Putting Kids With Disabilities At Risk, Parents Say

Recent changes to a state program — which provides aid for children whose conditions require round-the-clock care — have caused alarming and widespread problems, an investigation finds.

February 14, 2017

Lack Of Uniformity In Newborn Testing Under Review

In an effort to prevent treatable conditions from causing permanent disabilities in children, an influential committee said it would study inconsistencies in newborn screening.

February 10, 2017
A vial containing the MMR vaccine

In Light Of Autism Comments, White House Prodded On Vaccines

Hundreds of organizations — including many of the nation's leading autism and disability advocacy groups — have written to President Donald Trump in an effort to dispel fears about vaccines.

February 9, 2017

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Study Finds Law Boosted Services For Kids On The Spectrum

Children with autism are receiving more services at no added cost to their families thanks to a federal law that requires expanded mental health coverage, researchers say.

February 7, 2017
Consuelo Martinez watches her daughter Chelsea, who has autism, play the violin

Study: For Those With Autism, Fixations Can Be Beneficial

Parents and teachers should do more to embrace the preferred interests of those with autism, researchers say, pointing out that such aptitudes can be calming and form the basis for careers.

February 3, 2017
A staffer at a New Jersey group home lifts a resident from her bed

With Talk Of Medicaid Changes, Waiver Services May Be At Risk

The Trump administration is planning to fundamentally alter Medicaid, a move that could mean big changes to everything from health care to waivers for people with developmental disabilities.

February 2, 2017

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GI Treatment May Improve Behavior In Kids With Autism

Researchers say they are cautiously optimistic about a small study that showed that fecal transplants improved both gastrointestinal and behavioral symptoms in children with autism.

January 24, 2017

Clinic Offers One-Stop Shop For Adults On The Spectrum

Though many pediatricians specialize in autism, few physicians are equipped to care for adults with the developmental disorder. A new clinic is designed to address this growing need.

January 20, 2017

Trump Exploring Panel On Vaccine Safety

Robert F. Kennedy Jr., who has warned of a discredited link between vaccines and autism, said the president-elect asked him to lead a commission "on vaccine safety and scientific integrity."

January 11, 2017

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