Plan can cut unneeded antipsychotic drugs for foster kids

Kids in foster care are more likely to get a prescription for antipsychotic meds to treat behavioral issues, but a new plan could help fix the issue.

Patti Verbanas-Rutgers | Jan. 21, 2020 | futurity
~3 mins   

Tags: health-and-medicine attention-deficit-hyperactivity-disorder-adhd autism childrens-health foster-care medicaid medications

Missing brain protein can cause autism-like behaviors

A missing protein in the brain can cause behaviors that mimic autism, a new study shows.

Robin Lally-Rutgers | Jan. 15, 2020 | futurity
~4 mins   

Tags: health-and-medicine alzheimers-disease autism brains proteins

Self-determination helps young adults with autism succeed

Focusing on the strengths, rather than the deficits, of young adults with autism can help them succeed, research suggests. Self-determination is key.

Brian Consiglio-Missouri | Jan. 14, 2020 | futurity
~3 mins   

Tags: health-and-medicine autism goals motivation teenagers young-adults

25% of kids with autism haven’t received a diagnosis

Black and Hispanic boys are most at risk for missed autism diagnoses, researchers say.

Patti Verbanas-Rutgers | Jan. 9, 2020 | futurity
~3 mins   

Tags: health-and-medicine autism childrens-health

Families of kids with autism face burnout and false accusations

Families of children with autism face burnout and social isolation, and even ridicule and accusations of child abuse, families in a small new study report.

Patti Verbanas-Rutgers | Jan. 3, 2020 | futurity
~3 mins   

Tags: featured health-and-medicine autism families social-lives

Autism interventions in ‘natural settings’ may work best

A new meta-analysis indicates that autism interventions that can take place in the park, at dinner, or at school, show the most promise.

M. Yvonne Taylor - UT Austin | Dec. 17, 2019 | futurity
~4 mins   

Tags: health-and-medicine autism communication learning social-lives speech

Acetaminophen during pregnancy linked to higher risk of ADHD, autism later

"...parents and providers may want to consider the benefit and potential risk when making a decision on the use of acetaminophen during pregnancy..."

Johns Hopkins University | Nov. 7, 2019 | futurity
~4 mins   

Tags: health-and-medicine acetaminophen attention-deficit-hyperactivity-disorder-adhd autism childrens-health pregnancy

Immune cells repair our brains while we sleep

"...the signals in our brain that modulate the sleep and awake state also act as a switch that turns the immune system off and on."

Mark Michaud-Rochester | Oct. 21, 2019 | futurity
~5 mins   

Tags: health-and-medicine autism brains dementia immune-systems microglia schizophrenia

Fine motor skills of kids with autism predict language risk

Fine motor skills are a strong predictor of whether children with autism are at risk for long-term language disabilities, research finds.

Megan Schumann-Rutgers | Sept. 11, 2019 | futurity
~3 mins   

Tags: health-and-medicine autism childrens-health movement speech

Autism rates among minority kids rise sharply

Autism rates among black and Hispanic kids "are not only catching up to those of whites—which have historically been higher—but surpassing them."

Patti Verbanas-Rutgers | Aug. 28, 2019 | futurity
~4 mins   

Tags: health-and-medicine autism childrens-health

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