Helping Autistic Youth Move Into Adulthood

The transition from adolescence to adulthood is never easy, and for young adults with autism spectrum disorder and their caregivers, it can seem especially daunting. Tasks such as opening a bank account, purchasing a car, and managing health insurance can be especially challenging for individuals with developmental disabilities.
New research from the University of Missouri seeks to improve independence for people with autism by setting personalized goals early in adolescence and providing opportunities to achieve those goals.

Brain May Work Less Efficiently in Kids with Type 1 Diabetes

Children with Type 1 diabetes show subtle but important differences in brain function compared to non-diabetic children, according to a new study led by researchers at the Stanford University School of Medicine.
Type 1 diabetes occurs when the pancreas fails to make insulin, a hormone that helps regulate blood sugar. Patients are given insulin via injections or an insulin pump. But even with treatment, their blood levels of glucose, the main sugar in blood, fluctuate much more than in healthy individuals.

Finland Study: Preterm Kids More Likely to Be Placed Outside Home

A new Finnish study shows that, compared to children born full-term, those born prematurely (before week 37) are more likely to be placed outside the home as a supportive child welfare measure. In fact, the more premature a child is, the greater the probability that the child will be placed outside the home.
The research, conducted by the Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare (THL), is published in the journal Paediatric and Perinatal Epidemiology.

Seeing the New ‘Star Wars’ Movie? Check Your Expectations First

How much you enjoy the new “Star Wars” movie will depend on your expectations going in, according to a new study.
Researchers surveyed 441 people before and after they saw the last episode in the popular franchise, “Star Wars VIII”, released in 2017. They wanted to see how audiences’ expectations affected their actual enjoyment of the movie.