assessment and diagnosis

CDC Report: Autism Rates Continue to Increase

CDC Report: Autism Rates Continue to Increase

In 2016, autism spectrum disorder (ASD) affected 1 in 54 (or 1.85 percent) 8-year-olds, according to the newest U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report. This is a...
Researchers Develop Tool to Measure Quality of Life in People with Autism

Researchers Develop Tool to Measure Quality of Life in People with Autism

A set of simple questionnaires can help clinicians and families better evaluate the quality of life for people diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), according to a new study led...
People Rate Their Bodies as More Attractive When Viewed From Outsider’s Perspective

People Rate Their Bodies as More Attractive When Viewed From Outsider’s Perspective

Are we the best at judging our own attractiveness? New research shows we aren’t. For a new study, researchers at the Experimental Virtual Environments (EVENT) Lab at the University of...
Mental Stress May Predict 2nd Heart Attack or Dying from Heart Disease

Mental Stress May Predict 2nd Heart Attack or Dying from Heart Disease

For some people who survive a heart attack, mental stress may be a stronger predictor of a repeat heart attack or dying from heart disease than physical stress, according to...
How Users Probe Fake News Online – Or Not

How Users Probe Fake News Online – Or Not

Facebook and Twitter provide us with a lot of information, but it’s getting harder and harder to tell what’s real and what’s not. Researchers at the University of Washington wanted...
Urban Babies May Be Less Temperamental Than Rural Ones

Urban Babies May Be Less Temperamental Than Rural Ones

A new study reveals that babies from rural families tend to exhibit negative emotions, such as anger and frustration, more frequently than their urban counterparts. In contrast, infants born in...
High-Risk Infants With Insecure Attachment at Greater Risk for Autism

High-Risk Infants With Insecure Attachment at Greater Risk for Autism

Researchers at the University of Miami have discovered a strong behavioral signal to help identify which infants who have an older sibling with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) will themselves be...
The Payoff For Women Who Seek High Status

The Payoff For Women Who Seek High Status

What drives people to seek high social status? A common evolutionary theory suggests one reason for men is that they can leverage their social position into producing more children and...
Binaural Beats and Mindfulness May Help Reduce Mental Fatigue

Binaural Beats and Mindfulness May Help Reduce Mental Fatigue

A new Danish study suggests that just 12 minutes of binaural beats — a form of sound wave therapy — and 4 weeks of mindfulness training may be effective recovery...

Using Technology During Mealtime May Mean Eating Less

Using technology during mealtimes may decrease the amount of food a person eats, according to a new study by nutrition scientists at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. The study,...
Saliva Biomarker May Predict Obesity Risk for Some Kids

Saliva Biomarker May Predict Obesity Risk for Some Kids

A new study finds that a biomarker in saliva is linked to the development of childhood obesity in a group of preschool-aged Hispanic children. The study, published in the journal...
Walking, Gardening, Swimming, Dancing Can Slow Brain Aging

Walking, Gardening, Swimming, Dancing Can Slow Brain Aging

Older people who regularly walk, garden, swim, or dance may have bigger brains than their inactive peers, according to a preliminary study. Researchers say the exercise may slow brain aging...
Study Questions Reliability of Common Autism Personality Test

Study Questions Reliability of Common Autism Personality Test

A team of U.K. researchers assert that a common autism personality test — the 10-item Autism-Spectrum Quotient (AQ10) — lacks reliability and may not be capturing the right signs of...
Physical Health Problems in Your 20s Affects Brain Health Decades Later

Physical Health Problems in Your 20s Affects Brain Health Decades Later

Having health issues such as smoking, high cholesterol, or a high body mass index (BMI) in your 20s may make you more likely to have problems with thinking and memory...
Excessive Daytime Sleepiness Sets Stage for Diabetes, Cancer and High Blood Pressure

Excessive Daytime Sleepiness Sets Stage for Diabetes, Cancer and High Blood Pressure

Does your grandfather or grandmother sleep the day away, even after getting a full night’s sleep? If they do, they may be at risk for developing new medical conditions, according...

New Eye Scan Could Lead to Early Detection of Autism

A new eye scan could help identify autism in children years earlier than currently possible, according to new research. The non-invasive eye scan uses a hand-held device to find a...
Kids Who Read Books Daily Do Better on School Tests

Kids Who Read Books Daily Do Better on School Tests

A good book does more to boost literacy skills than other types of reading material, according to a new study. In fact, what children choose to read outside school directly...
Want to Live Longer? Go to College

Want to Live Longer? Go to College

A new study has found that education is the best predictor for a longer life. Researchers note that life expectancy in the United States has been in decline for the...
Bilingualism Can Delay Early Dementia Symptoms, But May Mean Faster Decline After Diagnosis

Bilingualism Can Delay Early Dementia Symptoms, But May Mean Faster Decline After Diagnosis

A new study provides new evidence that bilingualism can delay early symptoms of dementia. However, researchers at York University in Canada also found that once diagnosed, the decline to full-blown...
New Study: Non-invasive Test Predicts Risk of Alzheimer’s and Dementia

New Study: Non-invasive Test Predicts Risk of Alzheimer’s and Dementia

New research suggests advances in technology now allow software to predict a person’s risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias from information obtained during routine physician