Sometimes, the best way to stop fires is to start them. Since the 1970s, fire managers have used so-called prescribed fires to burn up dry, flammable fuel before it accumulates into...

Older women are much more likely to have a child with autism than are older men, but the exact risk varies with the sociological factors in any given year, according to...

It was late 1972, and Michael Wigler, then a 25-year-old medical student at Columbia University, was feeling downcast. Wigler had begun his medical training two years earlier after graduating from Princeton...

When they were young, Matthew Belmonte and his older brother, John, were fascinated by the same obscure sights: the rise and fall of shadows under streetlights when walking down the street,...

Here’s a hypothetical question for any parent of a young child: Would you give your child a genetic test for a disease with an uncertain onset age, mild symptoms and no...

Nobody knows how many adults have autism, or how well they fare in employment, independent living or overall happiness. We do know that more than 26,000 kids a year are diagnosed...

The autism blogosphere is aflutter over a new survey showing that one percent of kids in the United States have autism. Because that’s markedly higher than the Center for Disease Control...

One of the few social gestures that can capture the attention of children with autism is when a playmate imitates their actions. In fact, when their parents play copycat — by...