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Company Patents Autism Diagnosis Method

LabCorp has patented a method for diagnosing autism which involves taking a tissue sample and then testing for "the presence or an increased risk" of the developmental disorder.

January 23, 2018
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New Research Finds Animals May Help Kids On The Spectrum

A growing body of research suggests that animal-assisted interventions may help improve the lives of people with autism by addressing some of the disorder's more challenging symptoms.

January 19, 2018

Why ABA Therapy Remains Elusive For Some Families

Despite a federal directive requiring Medicaid to cover treatments like applied behavior analysis, at least one state appears to be finding ways to deny the therapy.

January 10, 2018

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Prenatal Vitamins May Lessen Autism Risk

Taking certain supplements while pregnant may reduce the risk that a child will develop autism, a new study suggests.

January 9, 2018
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Autism Rates Appear To Have Stabilized

Researchers have a new reason to believe that the prevalence of autism spectrum disorders in the U.S. has reached a plateau.

January 3, 2018

Despite Parity Law, Therapists Often Remain Out Of Reach

It's been nearly a decade since Congress promised to make mental health care just as easy to access as care for any other condition. Yet today, many people still struggle to find treatment.

December 12, 2017

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Researchers To Study Effects Of Marijuana On Kids With ASD

In what some advocates say could be a first in the United States, a major children's hospital is set to study the effects of medical marijuana on children with autism.

December 12, 2017
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CDC Says Developmental Disabilities Are On The Rise

An increasing number of American children have developmental disabilities, the federal government says, even as autism and intellectual disability rates remain largely steady.

November 29, 2017
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Autism Odds Tied To Birth Spacing, Study Finds

Waiting too long — or not long enough — between pregnancies appears to increase a child's risk of developing autism, according to a new study led by researchers at the CDC.

November 28, 2017

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Stem Cells Show Promise For Kids With Cerebral Palsy

New research is adding to evidence that children with cerebral palsy can see meaningful gains from infusions of stem cells from their own cord blood.

November 10, 2017

As Medicaid Managed Care Proliferates, So Do Complaints

Thirty-eight states have radically changed the way they run their Medicaid programs, but questions remain about whether people with disabilities are receiving adequate care as a result.

November 6, 2017

Revamped Scientific Plan Forthcoming At Autism Speaks

As the nation's largest autism advocacy group works to reshape its scientific agenda, members of the community are urging the nonprofit to prioritize work that affects quality of life.

October 31, 2017

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