The relative risk of autism spectrum disorder in children born to mothers exposed to valproate monotherapy during pregnancy was 2.6 times higher than in those not exposed to the anti-epileptic drug, a Danish study found. Researchers noted that childhood autism risk was nearly five times greater compared with those without prenatal valproate exposure. The findings were presented at an American Epilepsy Society meeting.
One in six Maryland high-school seniors are at risk of not graduating because they have not passed state exams that are required in order to receive a diploma. However, thousands of students statewide are working on an alternate route to graduation being offered by the state, which includes completing a prearranged project to satisfy the requirement.
Canadian colleges increasingly are viewing students with learning disabilities and other special needs as prospective students. Assistive technology and a greater reluctance by parents for their children to be stuck in low-paying jobs may be contributing to the trend.
Nearly one-fifth of U.S. young adults have personality disorders that affect their daily lives, according to a new study. Fewer than one in four of college-aged people with such disorders receive treatment.
Children who in elementary school were taught social skills like impulse control and empathy continue to show benefits 15 years after the initial training, according to a study that has tracked nearly 600 students since elementary school. The 24- to 27-year-olds who went through the training enjoyed higher socioeconomic status, better mental and sexual health and higher rates of education than their peers who did not.