Autism

Federal Officials Order Medicaid To Cover Autism Services

Aug 26, 2014

When Yuri Maldonado's 6-year-old son was diagnosed with autism four years ago, she learned that getting him the therapy he needed from California's Medicaid plan for low-income children was going to be tough.

A federal jury has sided with two Idaho school districts in a lawsuit brought by the family of a teen with Asperger's syndrome, an autism spectrum disorder.

The jury deliberated about 6½ hours Friday before reaching the verdict in favor of the Boise and Meridian school districts, and U.S. District Judge Candy Dale issued an order officially dismissing the lawsuit on Wednesday.

Idaho State University

Researchers at Idaho State University used fish to discover a possible environmental trigger for autism.  They exposed fish to commonly prescribed drugs at levels typically found in tap water.  After a while, those fish showed changes in a genetic process that mimics patterns found in some people with autism. 

Michael Thomas, Associate Professor of Biology at ISU, led the research team.  He says, "What you’re drinking is a cocktail that represents the net drug dosages of the community upstream from you."