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Researchers Eye Controversial Marijuana Compound To Treat Severe Autism

A study will examine whether a non-psychoactive chemical found in marijuana can ease the most severe symptoms of autism, including seizures, self-injurious behavior and crippling anxiety.

May 1, 2018
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Autism Prevalence On The Rise, CDC Says

An increasing number of American children are being diagnosed with autism, according to new government figures.

April 26, 2018

Lawmakers Seek Reparations For People Sterilized

Lawmakers in some states are looking to do right by the thousands of people — many with disabilities — who were sterilized last century under policies embraced by much of the country.

April 24, 2018

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For Aspiring Doctors With Disabilities, Many Med Schools Come Up Short

A survey finds that medical schools should do more to help doctors with disabilities thrive. Although some schools make accommodations, the report says others need to take steps to help.

April 24, 2018

Asperger’s Controversial Past: Doctor Behind Syndrome Linked To Nazis

A new paper and a forthcoming book are bringing claims that the physician for whom Asperger's syndrome was named had ties to the Nazi Party and its euthanasia efforts.

April 20, 2018
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Will The FDA Ban Shock Devices Used On Those With Special Needs?

Just one place in the country is known to use electric shock devices to modify the behavior of people with developmental disabilities. Advocates want to put an end to the practice.

April 16, 2018

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Behavior Gains Possible In Adults With Autism, Study Finds

With intervention, adults with autism can see behavioral improvements, according to new research suggesting that the window of opportunity for gains may be longer than previously thought.

April 10, 2018

Remote Assessments Could Speed Autism Diagnosis

A trip to the doctor's office to get an autism diagnosis may one day be unnecessary, with new research finding that the disorder can be accurately identified in many kids via telemedicine.

March 30, 2018
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Despite No Link With Autism, Vaccine Rates Lag For Kids With ASD

After children are diagnosed with autism, both they and their younger siblings are less likely to receive all recommended vaccinations, according to new research.

March 26, 2018

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Brain Stimulation May Benefit Kids With Cerebral Palsy, Study Finds

In a first-of-its-kind study, researchers found that stimulating targeted areas of the brain with a mild electrical current can enhance the motor skills of children with cerebral palsy.

March 22, 2018

Race Is On To Renew Program That Moves People Out Of Institutions

Disability advocates are scrambling to get funding renewed for a federal program that's helped thousands with developmental disabilities leave institutions but is now on the brink of collapse.

March 20, 2018
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Study Testing First Medication To Treat Autism

A drug being tested in a nationwide clinical trial could become the first to increase the ability of those with autism to connect socially and overcome other symptoms of the disorder.

March 19, 2018

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