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Tag: healthcare

October 2020
Young woman during birth.

Epidurals linked to slightly higher autism odds, but connection is unclear

by  /  13 October 2020

Women who receive epidural anesthesia during labor have an elevated chance of having a child with autism, a new study has found. But it is too soon for doctors to recommend against epidurals, experts say.

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September 2020
Illustration shows two long rows of vials with genetic information inside, the shadows they cast are in the shape of humans.

How scientists secure the data driving autism research

by  /  30 September 2020

Protecting the privacy of autistic people and their families faces new challenges in the era of big data.

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Teenager sitting at table with doctor taking notes.

Transition to adult healthcare is often challenging for autistic children

by  /  25 September 2020

Less than 9 percent of autistic adolescents in the United States receive the recommended guidance on the transition from pediatric to adult healthcare.

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pre teen boy is at doctor's office getting a routine checkup

Autistic and non-autistic youth get different healthcare as they age

by  /  23 September 2020

Young people with autism receive more mental health services, more consistent primary care and less gynecological or urgent care than their neurotypical peers.

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Illustration of hand pressing one orange button on a keyboard with keys of various colors.

Gender and sexuality in autism, explained

by  /  18 September 2020

Gender and sexuality appear to be more varied among autistic people than among neurotypical people. What do scientists know about the connection?

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August 2020
Young patient getting diagnosis from doctor.

Diagnosis timeline drags for Black autistic children

by  /  24 August 2020

High rates of intellectual disability among Black autistic children may reflect diagnostic delays.

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Illustration shows figures of BIPOC navigating a landscape of uncertainty.

Almost one-third of autistic children in the United States live in poverty

by  /  19 August 2020

Children younger than age 5 and Black and Hispanic children on the spectrum experience the most financial hardships.

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Young child getting an asthma treatment from a doctor

Asthma common among children with autism, developmental disabilities

by  /  7 August 2020

A new survey shows that children with autism or other developmental disabilities in the United States are at least twice as likely to have asthma as their neurotypical peers are.

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July 2020
A young woman wearing a face mask looks out the window

COVID-19 may be deadlier for group-home residents

by  /  23 July 2020

Intellectually or developmentally disabled group-home residents are dying from COVID-19 at twice the rate of all New Yorkers with the virus.

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A mother and child interact on a giant flower while social workers tend the garden around them

Social workers are poised to help Latino children get autism evaluations

by  /  7 July 2020

Autism prevalence differs between Latino and white children in part due to structural inequalities within the U.S. education and healthcare systems. Social workers are in a prime position to help.

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