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April 25, 2022

The Catastrophic Combination of Autism, Poverty, and Race on Health Outcomes

New Report Finds Over Half of Children with ASD Live in Low-Income Households  The Autism Intervention Network on Physical Health (AIR-P), a subdivision within UCLA Health’s Department of Medicine, has released a report examining the intersection of autism, poverty, and race/ethnicity. The report specifically looked at how this combination impacts health and health care of […]

April 25, 2022

A Down Syndrome Advantage in Special Needs Parenting?

Study Finds that Marriages Dealing with Down Syndrome Have Less Stress than Marriages Managing Autism  Parenting a child with any type of developmental disability is generally recognized as a situation which causes varying levels of stress on mothers and fathers. Recently, new research has investigated how this additional stress affects special needs parents’ marriages. In […]

April 25, 2022

Increased Cancer Risk Before Age 30 Identified in Some Individuals with Autism

Risk Linked to Those Who Have Co-Occurring Intellectual Disability and/or Birth Defects  A study out of Sweden has discovered that individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) who have comorbid intellectual disability (ID) and/or birth defects were at a higher risk of developing cancer in early life (before age 30) compared to those without ASD. This […]

April 18, 2022

Drug Receives FDA Approval for Treating Schizophrenia and Bipolar Disorder

Medication Zeroes in on Managing Agitation Caused by Both Disorders BioXcel Therapeutics, a Connecticut-based biotech company, has just announced FDA approval of its lead program dexmedetomidine, a sublingual film that is taken orally. The drug, which will be known as Igalmi, was developed to treat agitation that is associated with schizophrenia and bipolar I or […]

April 18, 2022

Altered Gut Microbiota in Children with Autism

New Study Provides Further Evidence that Gut Microbial Dysbiosis is Linked to ASD  New research from China demonstrates that children with autism carry altered gut bacteria compared to children without the disorder. The authors of this new study started their research by recognizing many previous works have already tied altered gut microbiota to autism spectrum […]

April 18, 2022

U.S. Senators Call for a Social Security Beneficiary Advocate

Legislators Suggest Modeling Proposed Role After Existing Taxpayer Advocate Position   Senators Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, Ron Wyden, D-Ore, and Bob Casey, D-Pa recently sent a letter to President Joe Biden requesting a beneficiary advocate to champion the needs for Social Security participants, including those with disabilities. The senators propose that the advocacy role be modeled on […]

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