Rapid brain growth in infancy may signal autism

by  /  15 February 2017

The faster the brains of children with autism grow in their first year of life, the more severe their autism features are likely to be at age 2.

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International effort expands list of genes tied to autism

by  /  15 February 2017
A massive sequencing study spanning seven countries links 38 new genes to autism and developmental delay.
Early days: Parents are best suited to spot signs of autism in infants, such as whether the baby babbles in response to others.  Insung Jeon / Getty Images

Survey for parents could flag autism in infants

by  /  13 February 2017
Asking parents to fill out a questionnaire about their babies’ early skills could help clinicians spot signs of autism.
Spotting signs: Parents and clinicians may be more likely to notice autism features in girls who act out. Annie Otzen / Getty Images

Temper tantrums up odds of autism diagnosis in girls

by  /  9 February 2017
Girls who show severe emotional or behavioral problems are more likely to be diagnosed with autism than those who do not.

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Fixed focus: Problems with taking another person’s perspective may underlie social difficulties in autism.
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Brain hiccup may explain some social problems in autism

by  /  20 February 2017

People with autism show an atypical pattern of brain activity when trying to adopt another person’s point of view.

Treat pursuit: Rats with a mutation in the SHANK2 gene press a lever for a reward about a hundred times more than controls before giving up.Dmitry Maslov / Getty Images

Rats with mutant SHANK genes show autism-like behaviors

by  /  16 February 2017

Researchers have engineered two new rats with mutations in a family of genes that function at neuronal junctions, they reported today at the 2014 International Meeting for Autism Research in Atlanta.

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New health secretary could dramatically change U.S. health policy

by ,  /  13 February 2017

The new Health and Human Services secretary could quickly change the course of health policy in the United States, affecting everything from women’s healthcare to tobacco regulation.

Health and Human Services Secretary-designate, Rep. Tom Price, R-Ga., testifying on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., 24 January 2017, at his confirmation hearing before the Senate Finance Committee.  Andrew Harnik / AP Photo

Trading controversy dogs health secretary nominee Tom Price

by , ,  /  9 February 2017

U.S. Health and Human Services secretary nominee Tom Price showed little restraint in his personal stock trading, despite the fact that a House committee he was on was under investigation.

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Distinct mutations in sodium channel trigger autism, epilepsy

by  /  8 February 2017

Some mutations in a gene called SCN2A make neurons less excitable and are linked to autism; others have the opposite effect and may cause seizures during infancy.

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Pick for U.S. education secretary rankles autism community

by  /  7 February 2017

Autism researchers and advocates alike are sounding the alarm about Betsy DeVos, President Donald Trump’s pick for U.S. secretary of education.

Polar opposites: Some brain waves in people with autism grow weaker (red) or stronger (blue) with age, whereas controls show the opposite trends.

Autism may alter how brain waves change with age

by  /  6 February 2017

The strength and synchrony of brain waves appear to evolve differently in children with autism than in their neurotypical peers.

Vanessa Ramirez was diagnosed with ovarian cancer while in college. Now her entire family has healthcare because of the Affordable Care Act. Will Stone / KJZZ

Obamacare repeal could spell healthcare loss for Arizona children

by ,  /  3 February 2017

The Affordable Care Act brought coverage to thousands of children in a state that had one of the highest rates of uninsured minors in the United States.

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New autism diagnoses shifting toward mild end of spectrum

by  /  2 February 2017

Although the number of people diagnosed with autism is on the rise, the proportion with severe features has dropped since 2000.


Kaiser Permanente fined $2.5 million for missing Medicaid data

by ,  /  1 February 2017

The California Department of Health Care Services says this was the first fine imposed against one of its Medicaid managed care plans since at least 2000.

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