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Costs for Autism Care Soaring

Overall, healthcare costs are on the rise; however the increase in some areas are front-runners. According to a new study. One of the front-runners is care for autism spectrum disorder. Researchers at the University of California, Davis, have reported that they have calculated for the first time the total costs of caring for individuals with autism spectrum disorder in the US today and 10 years in the future. They published their findings online on July 28 in the Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders. Read More…

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Documenting Key Information About Your Disabled Child

As parents, we forget that so much of the information about our children rests in our heads and not on paper. It is very important to document information about your disabled child. This can be done with a special needs planning document called a Letter of Intent. Read More…

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Autism: From Behavior to Biology

Autism is estimated to affect one in 68 children in the United States — almost 2% of our population. Autism is usually a lifelong disorder that starts in early childhood and continues into adult life. It affects the whole family, caretakers, the educational and medical systems, and the community at large. Autism is diagnosed by the behavioral abnormalities that define it, including difficulties in communicating, socializing, and restricted and/or repetitive interests. However, it has become increasingly recognized that many with autism have major medical conditions such as gastrointestinal disorders, altered metabolism and immune system function, food intolerances, allergic disease, anxiety, and seizures. Despite these insights, we still have few treatments and few clues as to its causes. This situation is changing, however, and the future looks bright because of new discoveries. As previous blogs in the Huffington Post suggest, we may be on the verge of a paradigm shift in ...

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Here’s the latest on a new autism screening device.

Here’s the latest on a new autism screening device. At the Autism Center of Pittsburgh, we specialize in early diagnosis and treatment. If you’re worrying about your child, call today for appointment. Read More…

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ADHD drugs lacking in safety studies, Boston researchers find

RESEARCHERS: ADHD DRUGS LACKING IN SAFETY STUDIES Nearly 1 in 9 children have been diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, but drugs they take to treat symptoms — which include methylphenidate (Ritalin) and amphetamine/dextroamphetamine (Adderall) — have not been investigated in drug clinical trials to determine whether they’re safe to take long term, according to a new study by Boston Children’s Hospital researchers. The study’s authors emphasized that this doesn’t mean ADHD drugs pose safety risks but that the initial approval trials — which made the drugs available to thousands of children for long-term use — largely ignored the possibility of safety issues Read More

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