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Tag: healthcare

July 2020
clinician with child and family

Positive autism screening results rarely prompt follow-up

by  /  2 July 2020

Most toddlers who screen positive for autism do not receive the recommended referrals for follow-up tests or therapies.

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June 2020
Illustration shows the shadow of a child falling on a cafeteria tray of food.

Calling on primary care providers to help autistic children with weight issues

by ,  /  23 June 2020

Pediatric primary care practitioners have a critical responsibility to provide guidance for autistic children struggling with weight gain, and to advocate for them at home and at school.

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May 2020

Coronavirus threatens autistic people living in group homes

Living in close quarters, with rotating staff and sometimes inadequate protective equipment, group-home residents are especially vulnerable to COVID-19.

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Teenage girl sad and sitting by window.

Autistic girls may experience more emotional challenges than autistic boys do

by  /  8 May 2020

Emotion control eludes more girls than boys with autism, according to a new study of young people hospitalized for psychiatric issues.

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April 2020
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Remote diagnosis, support could aid families during lockdown

by  /  27 April 2020

Cut off from clients by the pandemic, clinicians are turning to video conferencing and other technologies to diagnose children with autism.

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Autistic people report poor health, low life satisfaction

by  /  10 April 2020

Autistic children and adults report having poor physical and mental health and quality of life compared with the general population.

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Teenage boy sitting alone, hand over his eyes, in the fading light.

‘Flattening the curve’ may pose tough challenge for autistic people

by  /  1 April 2020

Social distancing may pose special challenges for people with autism and their caregivers.

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March 2020
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U.K. government faces lawsuit over mistreatment of autistic people

by  /  23 March 2020

Following a series of scandals in the United Kingdom over people with autism being held against their will and mistreated in hospitals, a watchdog group has issued a legal challenge to the government.

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Illustration shows older person in chair in messy house, looking out the window at a sunset.

Growing old with autism

by  /  18 March 2020

For many autistic adults, the golden years are tarnished by poor health, poverty and, in some cases, homelessness. Their plight reveals huge gaps in care.

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Telehealth may enable remote participation in autism trials

by  /  3 March 2020

Some families do not have the financial ability or time to participate in clinical trials for autism. New technologies may enable them to participate from their homes.

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