THURSDAY, Oct. 1, 2020 -- Genetic problems cause about 14% of cerebral palsy cases, and many of the implicated genes control the wiring of brain circuits during early fetal development, new research shows.
The largest genetic study of cerebral palsy supports previous findings and provides "the strongest evidence to date that a significant portion of cerebral palsy cases can be linked to rare genetic mutations, and in doing so identified several key genetic pathways involved," said study co-senior author Dr. Michael Kruer. He's a neurogeneticist at Phoenix Children's Hospital and the University of Arizona College of Medicine.
MONDAY, Sept. 28, 2020 -- When babies with hearing impairments get help very early in life, they are more likely to be "kindergarten-ready" when the time comes, a new study finds.
In the United States, all states have government-funded "early intervention" programs designed to assist parents whose babies are deaf or hard of hearing. Ideally, that intervention starts soon after hearing issues are diagnosed, as early in life as possible.
MONDAY, Aug. 24, 2020 -- It takes close to three years for a Black preschooler with autism to get a definitive diagnosis, a new U.S. study finds.
That delay means that young Black Americans miss out on early intensive treatment that is essential to help children with autism be better able to deal with school and social life, the researchers said.