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Autism shapes the gut microbiome, scientists report, not the other way around
Kids’ microbial communities may have more to do with dietary preferences than autism diagnoses.
What the science actually says about weighted blankets
Studies are scarce, but experts still recommend them wholeheartedly.
Fidgeting can relax your body and brain—if you do it right
The relationship between fidgeting and attention is complicated, but you can make the most of it with some strategies.
A popular autism drug for children isn’t as safe as its label indicates
A decade’s worth of data suggests that the makers of Abilify haven’t been forthcoming about its side effects.
Government workers with autism may go unpaid, despite their valuable contributions to science
A volunteer program by USGS could provide setbacks for students seeking independence.
Laugh tracks trick our brains into thinking dad jokes are funny
Especially if the canned chuckles sound genuine.
Growing up without a permanent home can negatively affect children’s health
Kids with special health needs are more likely to experience housing instability throughout childhood.
Folic acid might actually reduce the risk of autism
Mounting evidence suggests nutrition right around conception matters for neurodevelopment.
Vaccines don’t cause autism, another massive study confirms
Maybe the more pressing issue is whether anyone will be convinced.
Children suffer more from air pollution, but our policies don’t reflect that
Exposure to air pollution likely contributes to childhood health effects like asthma and pre term birth.