autism http://www.kplu.org en Jump In Autism Cases May Not Mean It's More Prevalent http://www.kplu.org/post/higher-autism-numbers-may-not-mean-actual-increase-kids The government's latest <a href="http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/ss6302a1.htm?s_cid=ss6302a1_w">estimate</a> shows that 1 in 68 children in the U.S. has an autism spectrum disorder. Thu, 27 Mar 2014 20:25:01 +0000 Jon Hamilton 15397 at http://www.kplu.org Jump In Autism Cases May Not Mean It's More Prevalent Patty Murray Twists Arms Over Military Families' Health Coverage http://www.kplu.org/post/patty-murray-twists-arms-over-military-families-health-coverage <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Some military families can’t get treatment for their children with developmental disabilities, even if it’s prescribed by a doctor. Washington’s senior senator hopes to force a change, even though her efforts have fallen short once before.</span></p><p>The controversy revolves around a therapy called Applied Behavior Analysis, which is widely used to treat children with autism by reinforcing desired behaviors. Tricare, the military insurance provider, does cover it for children diagnosed on the autism spectrum. But the therapy is being prescribed more and more to children with other disabilities, and those populations are not covered.</p><p> Wed, 27 Nov 2013 17:34:11 +0000 Gabriel Spitzer 11321 at http://www.kplu.org Patty Murray Twists Arms Over Military Families' Health Coverage Health officials: 1 in 50 school kids have autism http://www.kplu.org/post/health-officials-1-50-school-kids-have-autism <p><span style="color: rgb(54, 54, 54); font-family: 'Palatino Linotype', 'Book Antiqua', serif; font-size: 14px;">A government survey of parents says 1 in 50 U.S. schoolchildren has autism, surpassing another federal estimate for the disorder.</span></p><p class="ap-story-p" style="font-family: 'Palatino Linotype', 'Book Antiqua', serif; font-size: 14px; color: rgb(54, 54, 54);">Health officials say the new number doesn't mean autism is occurring more often. But it does suggest that doctors are diagnosing autism more frequently, especially in children with milder problems.</p><p class="ap-story-p" style="font-family: 'Palatino Linotype', 'Book Antiqua', serif; font-size: 14px; color: rgb(54, 54, 54);">The earlier government estimate of 1 in 88 comes from a study that many consider more rigorous. It looks at medical and school records instead of relying on parents.</p><p> Wed, 20 Mar 2013 04:32:12 +0000 The Associated Press 8070 at http://www.kplu.org Health officials: 1 in 50 school kids have autism Autism researchers zeroing in on a genetic cause http://www.kplu.org/post/autism-researchers-zeroing-genetic-cause <p>Scientists have been pretty sure autism must begin very early in development, possibly even at the moment a sperm meets an egg. New research, conducted partially in Seattle, supports two interesting theories: Thu, 05 Apr 2012 19:27:26 +0000 Keith Seinfeld 4654 at http://www.kplu.org Autism researchers zeroing in on a genetic cause