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Blood, Urine Tests Could Change How Autism Is Diagnosed

New research suggests that blood and urine tests could one day be used to diagnose autism, potentially offering a biomarker to identify children at younger ages.

February 20, 2018
Shayne Nagel, right, comforts her daughter, Erin, who has autism

Federal Program That Moves People Out Of Institutions In Jeopardy

Funding is quickly running out for a popular Medicaid program that transitions people with disabilities from costly institutions to home and community-based living.

February 19, 2018

For Adults With Autism, Specialized Therapy May Boost Employment Odds

New research suggests that a type of therapy relying on computer-based exercises and small group sessions can yield big gains for adults with autism, potentially increasing employability.

February 15, 2018

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Skype Broadening Access To Speech Therapy Study

Researchers are using Skype to remotely train parents of kids with developmental disabilities to serve as stand-in speech language clinicians for their children.

February 9, 2018

Researchers Develop 2-Minute Autism Screening Tool

New research suggests that a quick questionnaire may be highly accurate at flagging children for autism.

February 6, 2018

Medicaid Transportation At Risk In Some States

For more than 50 years, Medicaid has been required to ferry certain clients — including those with severe disabilities — to and from medical appointments. But that's starting to change.

January 30, 2018

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FDA Grants ‘Breakthrough Therapy’ Status To Potential Autism Drug

A major pharmaceutical company says it has received a designation from the Food and Drug Administration to help expedite what could be the first drug to treat the core symptoms of autism.

January 30, 2018

More Birth Defects Reported In States With Local Spread Of Zika

Birth defects associated with Zika, including microcephaly and other brain abnormalities, have increased in parts of the U.S. where mosquitoes were spreading the virus, according to the CDC.

January 26, 2018

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

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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