WEDNESDAY, May 9, 2018 -- It may seem counterintuitive, but a robot might help kids with autism interact better with humans.
This two-foot-tall robot goes by the name of Nao, and young kids who had therapy that included Nao made more progress on their social skills than those who didn't get to work with the robot, researchers report.
THURSDAY, April 26, 2018 -- Autism rates continue to climb in the United States.
About 1.7 percent of children -- one in 59 -- are now believed to have autism spectrum disorder, up from an estimated rate of 1.5 percent in 2016, according to data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
MONDAY, April 2, 2018 -- Women who have a baby with a congenital heart defect may face a heightened risk of heart disease years later, a large study suggests.
Researchers found that among more than 1 million women, those who'd given birth to a baby with a heart defect were up to 43 percent more likely to be hospitalized for heart problems over the next 25 years.
TUESDAY, March 27, 2018 -- New research suggests that a special MRI technique can spot abnormal connections in the brains of preschoolers with autism.
The discovery "may be a clue for future diagnosis and even for therapeutic intervention in preschool children with [autism]," study co-author Dr. Lin Ma, a radiologist at Chinese PLA General Hospital in Beijing, explained in a news release from the journal Radiology.