Modern techniques allow researchers to probe the mechanisms behind autism in ever-finer detail

By uclahealth • December 2, 2021

Evaluating the benefits of what we call “the love hormone,” an emerging alternative therapy for autism spectrum disease

By uclahealth • October 15, 2021

Learn how to help children with special needs adjust to being at home for the start of the school year.

By uclahealth • July 31, 2020

We don’t yet know what causes autism, but a new study found the measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine does not. The MMR vaccine also doesn’t trigger autism in a group of at-risk kids. No Linkage Between MMR Vaccine and Autism  A 1998 paper in The Lancet claimed the MMR vaccine caused [...]

By uclahealth • May 3, 2019

Until now, medical treatments have been used in a one-size-fits-all fashion. But diseases can affect people differently. Each individual has a unique genetic makeup, lifestyle and environment. As a result, the same medical treatment may be more or less effective for different people with the same diagnosis. Precision medicine [...]

By uclahealth • March 15, 2019

"Autism does not discriminate and occurs at equal rates across all ethnic groups," says Amanda Gulsrud, Ph.D, a clinical director at UCLA’s Jane and Terry Semel Institute's Center for Autism Research & Treatment. Dr. Gulsrud adds, "We know that communities of color are not represented in research at [...]

By uclahealth • January 22, 2019

Dear Doctor: Will taking acetaminophen (Tylenol) during pregnancy increase the chances that the child will have ADHD or autism?   The largest of these studies showed that, among children whose mothers ever used ace Here’s the important caveat: The two [...]

By Ask the Doctors • April 7, 2018

When my son was first suspected to have autism spectrum disorder, my family was in shock. I was committed to finding the very best early intervention program for my son and toured many places. I was so thankful that my caseworker recommended that I tour the Early Intervention Program at [...]

By April12 • March 5, 2018

We adopted two toddlers from Russia in 2009. Our son was diagnosed with fetal alcohol syndrome within 10 days of coming home. He was later also diagnosed with autism. His sister was also diagnosed many years later with FASD, but she is another story. Regional Center provided in-home services as [...]

By drtracyb • February 26, 2018

A lisp or mild stuttering in children can be endearing, but they can also indicate an underlying speech disorder that may need attention. Up to nine percent of children in the U.S. will have some type of speech or sound disorder. Most of these children can avoid longer-term speech [...]

By uclahealth • November 27, 2017