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  • Autism: Air Pollution May Be to Blame, Study Suggests

    12/17/2010 9:36:39 AM PST · by Zakeet · 22 replies
    CBS News ^ | December 17, 2010 | Sammy Rose Saltzman
    What causes of autism? Researchers have blamed vaccines, hereditary factors, and certain heavy metals. And now they're adding another suspect to the list: Air pollution. That's right. A new study shows that children in families who live near freeways are twice as likely to have autism as kids who live off the beaten path. Researchers in Los Angeles looked at 304 children with autism and 259 normally developing children and found that those whose moms were living within 1,000 feet of a freeway when they gave birth had a increased risk for autism. The study was published online in...
  • Glenn Beck: Shirtless little boy patted down by the TSA has autism

    11/24/2010 12:05:31 PM PST · by WebFocus · 32 replies
    Hotair ^ | 11/24/2010 | The Right Scoop
    Glenn Beck had Luke Tait, the college student who took the infamous video of the TSA agent doing a pat down of the shirtless little boy, on his show this morning to discuss the incident at the airport. During the interview, Beck said that he learned from a ‘refounder’ (Congressional insider) that the little boy didn’t actually set off the metal detectors as the TSA reported, but rather the boy had on a baggy shirt that caught the attention of the TSA and thats why they wanted to do a pat down. Beck said he also learned a detail that...
  • Children's Best Friend: Dogs Help Autistic Children Adapt, Study Shows

    11/11/2010 8:23:11 PM PST · by Immerito · 6 replies
    ScienceDaily (Oct. 20, 2010) — Dogs may not only be man's best friend, they may also have a special role in the lives of children with special needs. According to a new Université de Montreal study, specifically trained service dogs can help reduce the anxiety and enhance the socialization skills of children with Autism Syndrome Disorders (ASDs).
  • Substitute teacher bit autistic boy

    11/05/2010 7:17:47 PM PDT · by JoeProBono · 11 replies
    upi ^ | Nov. 5, 2010
    WEST PALM BEACH, Fla., Nov. 5 (UPI) -- Administrators at a Florida school said a teacher who bit a severely autistic 6-year-old boy on the arm will not be allowed back. Nat Harrington, public information officer with Palm Beach County Schools, said the events leading up to the incident were unclear but two other teachers at Belvedere Elementary in West Palm Beach saw the substitute bite the student on the arm, WPTV, West Palm Beach, reported Friday. The man was told by the principal that he would not be allowed back inside the school, officials said.
  • Autistic students find help with iPad

    10/15/2010 11:21:32 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 33 replies · 1+ views
    Galesburg Register Mail ^ | Oct 07, 2010 @ 08:15 AM | Lainie Steelman
    Ray Hart, an 11-year-old West Prairie South Elementary student, works on an iPad. An education app, “abcPocketPhonics,” has helped Ray improve his writing. On a recent Monday morning at West Prairie South Elementary in Colchester, Ill., Ray Hart, 11, used a stylus to trace a small “t” on an iPad screen. After he successfully traced the letter, the tablet computer made a cheering sound. Ray looked up at his teacher, Lori Thompson, and smiled. Working on the iPad, which was released by Apple in April, has helped Hart dramatically improve his handwriting and boost his confidence. “The first time I...
  • Woman in 911 call says she strangled her autistic children

    07/23/2010 8:26:55 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 10 replies
    CNN Justice ^ | July 22, 2010 | Chris Reinolds Kozelle
    <p>Saiqa Akhter, 30, has been charged with a single count of capital murder in the deaths of her 2-year-old daughter and 5-year-old son, police said. Dallas County Police spokeswoman Jamille Bradfield said the single count covered a child under 5 and would probably be changed either to include multiple victims or to add a count.</p>
  • Irving mom told 911 operator that slain kids were autistic: 'I want normal kids'

    07/21/2010 1:28:03 PM PDT · by DFG · 53 replies
    Dallas Morning News ^ | 07/21/10 | Staff
    An Irving mother accused of strangling her two children with an antenna wire told a 911 operator that she killed them because they were "not normal." "Both are autistic," she said. "I don’t want my kids to be like that. I want normal kids." Saiqa Akhter, 30, was arraigned this morning on a single charge of capital murder in the death of her 5-year-old son Zain, who died Monday. Family members have said the boy was autistic and had a speech impediment.
  • Texas mom told 911 operator she killed 2 children

    07/21/2010 5:40:13 PM PDT · by PROCON · 12 replies · 1+ views
    AP ^ | July 21, 2010 | TERRY WALLACE
    DALLAS (AP) - A suburban Dallas mother accused of strangling her two young children told a 911 operator she killed them because they were autistic and she wanted "normal kids," according to a 911 tape. Irving police released the recording Wednesday after Saiqa Akhter was charged with one count of capital murder in the strangling of her 5-year-old son, Zain Akhter, at the family's apartment Monday night. Police spokesman David Tull said another capital murder charge is pending in the slaying of her 2-year-old daughter, Faryaal Akhter, who died Tuesday night.
  • Parents sue over 8-year-old's school arrest

    07/12/2010 2:05:10 PM PDT · by JoeProBono · 28 replies · 1+ views
    hosted ^ | Jul 12
    BOISE, Idaho (AP) -- The parents of an 8-year-old autistic girl who was arrested at her northern Idaho elementary school are suing the school district and the sheriff's department, saying the agencies violated the Americans With Disabilities Act......
  • Jet Li plays unusual role in Chinese melodrama

    06/14/2010 1:54:43 PM PDT · by Niuhuru · 13 replies · 353+ views
    Reuters ^ | Mon Jun 14, 2010 3:53am EDT | Maggie Lee
    SHANGHAI (Hollywood Reporter) - Action hero Jet Li gives a respectable turn as a terminally ill father grooming his autistic son to survive on his own in "Ocean Heaven" -- a decent, if orthodox job by Xue Xiaolu. Film Xue off-sets some of the wholesome soppiness of this genre by keeping the tone light, the story simple and steered clear of grueling ordeals. Compared with another father-son story "Together," which she co-scripted and Chen Kaige directed, it is less melodramatic and artificial. Set mostly in a marine park in Qingtao province, its interpretation of autism owes less to "Rain Man"...
  • New Autism Genes Discovered

    06/10/2010 8:19:48 AM PDT · by Military family member · 13 replies · 96+ views
    JournaL of Business ^ | 6/10/2010 | Business Wire
    PALO ALTO, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--An international consortium of researchers working under the auspices of Autism Speaks, the world’s largest autism science and advocacy organization, has announced new genetic discoveries from the second phase of its collaborative study: the Autism Genome Project. The results were published June 10, 2010, in the journal Nature, one of the world’s most respected peer-reviewed scientific publications. The Autism Genome Project (AGP) ( consists of 120 scientists from more than 60 institutions representing 11 countries. Included in the consortium were scientists from Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital and Stanford University. Joachim Hallmayer, M.D., associate professor of Psychiatry, and...
  • New autism susceptibility genes identified

    06/09/2010 3:37:01 PM PDT · by Pharmboy · 16 replies · 67+ views
    Mount Sinai Med ^ | June 9, 2010 | Joseph Buxbaum, PhD
    Autism Genome Project Phase 2 results published in Nature Mount Sinai researchers and the Autism Genome Project Consortium (AGP) announced today that they have identified new autism susceptibility genes that may lead to the development of new treatment approaches. These genes, which include SHANK2, SYNGAP1, DLGAP2 and the X-linked DDX53–PTCHD1 locus, primarily belong to synapse-related pathways, while others are involved in cellular proliferation, projection and motility, and intracellular signaling. The findings were published today in Nature by researchers at the Seaver Autism Center for Research and Treatment at Mount Sinai School of Medicine, together with an international consortium of researchers...
  • Doctors find way to reverse autism's effects

    06/08/2010 11:14:43 AM PDT · by James C. Bennett · 5 replies · 44+ views
    The Times of India ^ | June 8, 2010 | The Times of India
    MUMBAI: New research by a team of Bangalore-based scientists has given hope to those with emotional problems caused by the inheritance of a fragile X chromosome. The researchers, for the first time in the world, mapped defective connections between nerve cells in the emotional hub of the brain of mice who had Fragile X Syndrome. The research has just been published in the online edition of the US-based Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. In humans, while a fragile X chromosome may be passed from one generation to the next with no debilitating effects, the syndrome does affect one...
  • Study Presented on Autism and Vaccines Using Cells From Babies From Abortion

    06/03/2010 4:04:00 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 27 replies · 624+ views
    Life New ^ | 6/3/10 | Steven Ertelt
    Washington, DC ( -- A controversial study into the possible link between the use of cells form babies victimized by abortions in vaccines and an increase in autism rates was presented late last month to the International Meeting for Autism Research in Philadelphia. Dr. Theresa Deisher, the founder and lead scientist of the Sound Choice Pharmaceutical Institute (SCPI), which conducted the study, presented the paper touching on the apparent link found in childhood immunizations with Autism and Austim Spectrum Disorder.The study, which Deisher said was "met with both shock and gratitude," focused on "improper integration of the residual DNA...
  • Face of autism too white? (School faces funding cut. Too many white kids are autistic)

    01/31/2010 11:31:06 AM PST · by Brugmansian · 28 replies · 1,135+ views
    The New Haven Register ^ | Sunday, January 31, 2010 | Brian McCready
    Amity Regional School District officials say it just doesn’t make sense: Why is the district being punished for having too many white autistic kids? And it’s the federal government’s punishment that is raising tempers — cutting the crucial funding used to educate the autistic students. It’s a thorny issue for all sides. When one racial group — black, white or otherwise — appears to be getting a disproportionate amount of special education funding, red flags go up at the federal Department of Education. But local educators said they are powerless to control the racial makeup of their community and who...
  • Autistic man Tazed on Tybee, family says

    05/24/2010 9:07:18 PM PDT · by bukkdems · 11 replies · 653+ views
    Savannah Morning News ^ | 5/23/2010 | Arek Sarkissian II
    Clifford Grevemberg doesn't want to go to jail. On Friday night, the lanky 18-year-old was arrested by Tybee police on a disorderly conduct charge in front of the Rock House on 16th Street. He says he was Tased twice and thrown to the ground, breaking one of his front teeth and leaving scrapes on his face and knee. But Grevemberg, who suffers from a form of autism, still wants to know what he did wrong. "I just wanted to go to sleep," the 6-foot-9-inch tall, 170-pound teenager said Saturday. "I sat down on the curb and put my head in...
  • U.K. Bans Doctor Andrew Wakefield Who Linked Autism to MMR Vaccine

    05/24/2010 6:50:19 PM PDT · by Fight4Freedom1 · 25 replies · 819+ views
    AOL ^ | 5/24/2010
    A gastroenterologist who persuaded millions of parents worldwide that the vaccine used to prevent measles, mumps and rubella might cause autism has been banned from practicing medicine in his native Britain after the country's top medical group said Monday he conducted his research unethically. Dr. Andrew Wakefield was the first researcher to publish a peer-reviewed study suggesting a connection between autism, inflammatory bowel disease and the MMR vaccine. In February, Britain's leading medical journal, "The Lancet, "retracted Wakefield's controversial 1998 study just days after Wakefield was found guilty by a British panel of acting unethically in his research on autism....
  • Britain bans doctor who linked autism to vaccine

    05/24/2010 8:44:47 AM PDT · by DJ MacWoW · 234 replies · 1,876+ views
    Associated Press ^ | May 24,2010 | MARIA CHENG
    LONDON (AP) - Britain's top medical group on Monday banned a doctor whose research suggesting a link between a common vaccine and autism caused millions of parents worldwide to abandon the shot for measles, mumps and rubella. Dr. Andrew Wakefield was the first to publish peer-reviewed research suggesting such a connection, even though the study was later widely discredited. The ruling by Britain's General Medical Council found him guilty of serious professional misconduct. Wakefield, 53, then moved to the U.S. and set up an autism center in Texas, where he has a wide following, but faces similar skepticism from the...
  • MMR doctor struck off register

    05/24/2010 5:16:10 AM PDT · by IntolerantOfTreason · 7 replies · 457+ views
    The doctor who first suggested a link between MMR vaccinations and autism is to be struck off the medical register. The General Medical Council found Dr Andrew Wakefield guilty of serious professional misconduct over the way he carried out his controversial research.
  • Mother Charged With Murdering Autistic Boy, 11, At Airport Hotel

    05/17/2010 10:46:48 AM PDT · by Steelfish · 1 replies · 617+ views
    London Times ^ | May 17th 2010
    May 17, 2010 Mother Charged With Murdering Autistic Boy, 11, At Airport Hotel Judith Evans A mother was charged today with murdering her autistic 11-year-old son at an airport hotel in Wales. Yvonne Freaney, 48, of Penarth, was arrested after police found her with her dead son, holding his hand, at Glen at the Sky Plaza Hotel on Saturday. Glen had last been seen alive on Thursday. Police believe that Mrs Freaney had spent the interim in the hotel room with her son’s body. South Wales Police said that Glen’s friends and family had contacted them on Saturday, concerned about...
  • Autistic Boy Faces Felony Rap for Stick-Figure Sketch

    05/15/2010 10:38:19 AM PDT · by DJ MacWoW · 48 replies · 1,303+ views
    AOL News ^ | may 14, 2010 | David Knowles
    (May 14) -- A 14-year-old autistic boy in Georgia faces felony charges of making terroristic threats after he drew a stick-figure version of himself firing a gun at his teacher. After discovering the crudely rendered drawing that Shane Finn had made on his classwork, officials at Atlanta's Ridgeview Charter School suspended the eighth-grader and decided to pursue charges against him, Fox News in Atlanta reported.
  • Eradicating Autism Through Death

    05/14/2010 6:50:17 AM PDT · by marcbold · 12 replies · 446+ views
    Creative Minority Report ^ | 4-14-10 | Patrick Archbold
    When science hands us a way to pre-natally diagnose Autism, the horror will be unspeakable. And its coming. Our friend Leticia reminds us to be careful when we donate to disabilities charities. With some charities, the bulk of the funds goes to pre-natal diagnosis. Of course, the reality of the matter is that R&D into pre-natal diagnosis is usually not about a cure. As Leticia puts it, "AKA search and destroy techniques to kill babies with the disability. Not curing our children who already have the disability. " This is what happened with March of Dimes. Such was the case...
  • Autistic Boy Charged With Making Terrorist Threats Over Stick-Figure Sketch

    05/13/2010 3:26:16 PM PDT · by Daffynition · 25 replies · 608+ views
    Fox ^ | 13 May 2010 | staff reporter
    SANDY SPRINGS, Ga. - A fourteen-year-old autistic boy is facing terrorist charges after a sketch he made in school. The sketch shows two stick-figures. One of them is labeled ‘Me’ and is shown shooting a gun at another with a teacher’s name above it. [snip]
  • Teacher, Aide Charged In Restraining Boy With Autism

    04/30/2010 6:46:44 PM PDT · by Abathar · 96 replies · 1,225+ views ^ | 04/30/2010 | Jack Rinehart
    INDIANAPOLIS -- A teacher and an aide at Perry Meridian Middle School have been charged with neglect after police said they strapped a student with autism to a chair and left him on the floor. Veteran teacher Catherine Littleton, 52, and Jeffery Stokes, 27, were charged with battery, criminal confinement and neglect of a dependent in connection with a Feb. 18 incident in a classroom, 6News' Jack Rinehart reported. According to the probable cause affidavit, Stokes taped socks over the hands of a non-verbal 12-year-old student, strapped the boy's arms to his chest and belted him to a chair. The...
  • Burglar steals dog from Dallas group home for autistic kids

    04/30/2010 8:37:16 PM PDT · by Chet 99 · 7 replies · 283+ views
    By ABIGAIL THATCHER ALLEN / The Dallas Morning News A dog was stolen in a daytime burglary at a Dallas group home for autistic children this week. The Yorkshire terrier, named Diva, was the house manager's pet and was beloved by the children living there, said Carolyn Garver, the clinical director of the Autism Treatment Center. The children at the far northeast Dallas home, some as young as 6, are all wards of the state and need as much consistency as possible, the director said. "They don't deal with change very well," Garver said. Sometime during the day Thursday, the...
  • Mom: Son With Autism Tied Up By Teacher's Aide

    04/29/2010 3:00:16 PM PDT · by Abathar · 32 replies · 914+ views ^ | 04/29/2010 | Joanna Massee
    IPS Policy, Indiana Law Allows Children To Be Restrained INDIANAPOLIS -- The mother of an 8-year-old boy with autism is suing Indianapolis Public Schools after she said her son was tied to a chair by a teacher's aide. Jennifer Robbins said she went to William Penn Elementary School on Jan. 14 for a conference and found her son, Hudson, belted to a chair in the corner of his classroom, 6News' Joanna Massee reported. "It was wrapped around and tied twice in a double knot," said Robbins, who described the mostly non-verbal boy as looking disheveled and as if he had...
  • Vaccines made with fetal cells causing autism?

    04/28/2010 1:35:14 PM PDT · by unspun · 18 replies · 600+ views
    WorldNetDaily ^ | 4/28/2010 | Jill Stanek
    Wednesday, April 28, 2010 MATTERS OF LIFE AND DEATHVaccines made with fetal cells causing autism?Exclusive: Jill Stanek looks at potential link between disorder, injections Posted: April 28, 20101:00 am Eastern By Jill Stanek EPA researchers publishing a study in the Feb. 16 issue of Environmental Science & Technology were "surprise[ed]" to find a worldwide jump in the incidence of autism beginning in 1988. Thus, the study concluded, "Although the debate about the nature of increasing autism continues, the potential for this increase to be real and involve exogenous environmental stressors exists." According to the Sound Choice Pharmaceutical Institute, 1988 was...
  • Study Confirms Link Between Autism and Use of Cells From Abortions in Vaccines

    04/22/2010 6:20:54 AM PDT · by NYer · 33 replies · 1,086+ views
    Life Site News ^ | April 22, 2010 | Steven Ertelt
    Washington, DC ( -- A new study conducted by the Environmental Protection Agency shows a correlation between the use of cells from babies in abortions in vaccines to an increase in autism rates. The study provides another problem from pro-life advocates who are already concerned about the abortion-vaccine tie. The study, published in February in the publication Environmental Science & Technology, confirms 1988 as a “change point” in the rise of Autism Disorder rate."Although the debate about the nature of increasing autism continues, the potential for this increase to be real and involve exogenous environmental stressors exists," the study says.The...
  • Vaccines made with fetal cells causing autism?

    04/21/2010 4:41:00 PM PDT · by mlizzy · 22 replies · 1,027+ views
    Jill Stanek ^ | 4-21-10 | Jill Stanek
    Well, hm. I've never heard this angle before, but it makes total, creepy sense. An EPA study published February 16 in Environmental Science & Technology (pdf of study here) found that a marked increase in the incidence of autism began in 1988. See its table above; click to enlarge. The study found, "Although the debate about the nature of increasing autism continues, the potential for this increase to be real and involve exogenous environmental stressors exists." According to the April newsletter of the Sound Choice Pharmaceutical Institute, this is the year the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices added a 2nd...
  • Scientists find gene linked to schizophrenia (and to autism)

    04/12/2010 12:45:42 PM PDT · by decimon · 24 replies · 762+ views
    University of Montreal ^ | Apr 12, 2010 | Unknown
    New study led by University of Montreal scientists identifies genetic association This release is available in French. Montreal, April 12, 2010 – An international study led by Université de Montréal scientists suggests that gene mutations may predispose some individuals to schizophrenia and provides new clues about the causes of this ambiguous disorder. Published today in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the findings demonstrate that new mutations in the SHANK3 gene are found in schizophrenic patients. "That these de novo or new mutations occur in schizophrenia is rather unexpected and may explain why the identification of the genes...
  • Study: Social influence playing role in surging autism diagnoses

    04/08/2010 3:58:10 PM PDT · by decimon · 25 replies · 570+ views
    Social influence plays a substantial role in the surging number of autism diagnoses, according to a study published in the American Journal of Sociology. The study, by researchers from the Institute for Social and Economic Research and Policy at Columbia University, found that children living near a child who has been previously diagnosed with autism have a much higher chance of being diagnosed themselves in the following year. The increased likelihood of being diagnosed is not due to environmental factors or contagious agents, the study found. Rather, it is due mainly to parents learning about autism from other parents who...
  • (Vanity) Need Help RE: Obamacare, Looking for info about autism care

    03/23/2010 11:42:52 PM PDT · by hoagy62 · 10 replies · 479+ views
    Me | 3/23/10 | hoagy62
    Okay, fellow FReepers. I need some help here. A demonRAT has challenged me, and I call upon your assistance. I have an 8-year-old daughter who is autistic and severely developmentally delayed. She can't talk, isn't potty-trained (God knows...we've tried), can sort-of feed herself, and needs to be in a transport chair when she's out in public, otherwise she'll take off like a bullet. She's a handful, but we love her to bits. The doctors say in her case she MIGHT get 'better' suddenly and be able to talk and do other things. As it stands, she relates to the world...
  • Autism Society of America's latest email (barf alert)

    03/23/2010 7:34:23 AM PDT · by CincinnatiKid · 17 replies · 673+ views
    Autism Society of America
    My wife and oldest son spent the weekend protesting in Washington last weekend along with thousands of other tea party patriots. The following email could not have been more badly timed! is their website. Here is the email: Dear Sharie, Late yesterday, in a historic vote, the House of Representatives passed the Senate version of the health-care reform bill. This is exciting news for the Autism Society and families affected by autism. Once the bill is signed by President Obama, which is expected to happen early this week, the new law will be a great step towards ensuring that...
  • U.S. Debunks Autism Myth

    03/14/2010 12:39:13 PM PDT · by OldDeckHand · 54 replies · 1,111+ views
    The Daily Beast ^ | 03/13/10 | Adam Winkler
    It's official: Vaccines don't cause autism, rules a special U.S. court. But will it put an end to parents’ dangerous fear of inoculating—or only make them more skeptical? On Friday a special “vaccine court” charged with adjudicating claims against vaccine makers ruled that there was no causal connection between childhood vaccines and autism. The court—formally known as the Office of Special Masters of the U.S. Court of Federal Claims—was created by Congress in the 1980s to centralize lawsuits brought for injuries resulting from vaccination. The court labored in obscurity until recently, when it began to hear cases involving autistic children...
  • Treasonous Vaccinations

    03/13/2010 4:48:23 AM PST · by Patriot1259 · 7 replies · 295+ views
    The Cypress Times ^ | 3/13/10 | Tony Elliott
    The battle for the safety and well being of our children from our own Federal Government continues as a "so called special court" ruled 3/12/2010 that vaccines could not have caused the Autism of an Oregon boy, William Mead. In a nutshell the Mead family believes that thimerosal-containing vaccines were the cause of their son's regressive Autism, but the court ruled otherwise as its ruling stated there were no scientific evidence to support their claims.
  • Virginia State Delegate: 'I Don't Believe That Disabled Kids Are God's Punishments, Period'

    02/22/2010 12:50:25 PM PST · by trumandogz · 26 replies · 801+ views
    TPM ^ | 2.22.10 | Eric Kleefeld
    n an interview with TPM, state Del. Bob Marshall (R-VA) disputed the full accuracy and context of a local news article that quoted him as saying that an increase of disabled children was a punishment from nature for abortion. "I don't believe that disabled kids are God's punishments, period, end of discussion," said Marshall. "I have defended disabled kids. I was almost kicked out of the Republican caucus because I forced a vote on a bill, because autism parents did not get a vote in a subcommittee." Marshall insisted that his comments had been taken out of context. (Here's the...
  • "Love" hormone may help autism symptoms: study

    02/15/2010 1:03:26 PM PST · by decimon · 9 replies · 335+ views
    Reuters ^ | Jan 15, 2010 | JoAnne Allen
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A hormone thought to encourage bonding between mothers and their babies may foster social behavior in some adults with autism, French researchers said on Monday. They found patients who inhaled the hormone oxytocin paid more attention to expressions when looking at pictures of faces and were more likely to understand social cues in a game simulation, the researchers said in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Angela Sirigu of the Center of Cognitive Neuroscience in Lyon, who led the study, said the hormone has a therapeutic potential in adults as well as in children...
  • Disorder Out of Chaos (The American Psychiatric Association wants to drop Asperger’s syndrome.)

    02/13/2010 4:28:39 PM PST · by neverdem · 52 replies · 1,499+ views
    NY Times ^ | February 10, 2010 | ROY RICHARD GRINKER
    IF you ask my daughter, Isabel, what autism means to her, she won’t say that it is a condition marked by impaired social communication and repetitive behaviors. She will say that her autism makes her a good artist, helps her to relate to animals and gives her perfect pitch. The stigma of autism is fading fast. One reason is that we now understand that autism is a spectrum with an enormous range. Some people with autism are nonverbal with profound cognitive disabilities, while others are accomplished professionals. Many people with milder symptoms of autism have, for the past 20 years...
  • Asperger's Officially Placed Inside Autism Spectrum

    02/10/2010 1:37:39 PM PST · by GOP_Raider · 51 replies · 1,146+ views
    National Propaganda Radio ^ | 10 Feb 2010 | Jon Hamilton
    Asperger's syndrome is really just a form of autism and does not merit a separate diagnosis, according to a panel of researchers assembled by the American Psychiatric Association. --snip-- But a new draft fifth edition released Wednesday moves Asperger's officially into the autism category, provoking a wide range of responses among people with Asperger's — some of whom say they do not want to be labeled as autistic.
  • Autism: A Giver and A Thief

    02/07/2010 5:05:15 AM PST · by Patriot1259 · 10 replies · 616+ views ^ | 02/07/2010 | Shelly McCormick
    As a five year old autistic, he HAS agendas. And his mom, dad, brother, sister, teachers, and pets are repeatedly throwing wrenches in them. Agendas include (but are not limited to) measuring crayons throughout the house, lining up Hot Wheels down the staircase, placing stickers in strategic locals (on mom’s rearview mirror, for example). Though the ‘novice’ might interpret David’s plans as misguided, the scheming is very calculated, methodical, and purposeful. And, (dare I say it) …weird.
  • Junk science kills

    02/04/2010 12:33:45 PM PST · by ventanax5 · 9 replies · 571+ views
    New York Post ^ | ELIZABETH M. WHELAN
    The media gave big headlines to this week's stories on a prestigious British medical publication's retraction of an article that had claimed to show a causal link between standard childhood vaccinations (measles, mumps and rubella) and autism. Yet the coverage of the Lancet affair didn't truly convey the outrageousness of the original publication or the gravity of its consequences--consequences long festering, since the paper was published not last week but 12 years ago. Many of us in the scientific community recognized the "study" as junk when it appeared in 1998. Even before we learned of then-unknown ethical failings by its...
  • Medical journal retracts study linking autism to vaccine

    02/02/2010 11:52:30 AM PST · by C19fan · 9 replies · 380+ views
    CNN ^ | February 2, 2010 | Madison Park
    The medical journal The Lancet on Tuesday retracted a controversial 1998 paper that linked the measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine to autism. The study subsequently had been discredited, and last week, the lead author, Dr. Andrew Wakefield, was found to have acted unethically in conducting the research. The General Medical Council, which oversees doctors in Britain, said that "there was a biased selection of patients in The Lancet paper" and that his "conduct in this regard was dishonest and irresponsible."
  • Lose Genes, Gain Weight

    01/04/2010 11:24:33 PM PST · by neverdem · 8 replies · 583+ views
    ScienceNOW Daily News ^ | 7 December 2009 | Mitch Leslie
    Obesity is a disease of excess, but a new study suggests that a few obese patients are actually lacking something--a piece of one of their chromosomes. The loss might remove a gene that helps the body manage blood sugar and appetite. Obesity runs in families, and researchers have identified several genetic variants that seem to boost the odds of becoming obese. However, these variants only explain a minority of cases. In the last decade, researchers have discovered that genetic differences among people can stem from lost or duplicated sections of chromosomes, called copy number variants (CNVs). Because of CNVs, for...
  • Study turns up 10 autism clusters in California

    01/05/2010 3:51:33 PM PST · by decimon · 36 replies · 1,534+ views
    Reuters ^ | Jan 5, 2009 | Julie Steenhuysen
    CHICAGO (Reuters) – U.S. researchers have identified 10 locations in California that have double the rates of autism found in surrounding areas, and these clusters were located in neighborhoods with high concentrations of white, highly educated parents. > "In this particular case, we found 10 clusters of autism across the state of California. When we looked further, we discovered virtually all of them were areas where there was a higher level of education among the parents who were giving birth in those years," Hertz-Picciotto said. "We already know that people with a higher education in the United States are more...
  • Is Your Child Autistic?

    01/04/2010 7:32:01 AM PST · by blackandgoldfan · 59 replies · 1,534+ views
    The Right Stuff ^ | January 4, 2010 | Denise Clark
    As many of you know, I'm the mom of two autistic kids. While I've been blessed that they are high-functioning, it has been and continues to be something we struggle with. It can be exhausting. The last statistics I had read about the prevelance of autism spectrum disorders placed the number at 1 in every 100 kids. That's staggering. Could you imagine the outcry from the gay community if this was AIDS we were talking about? But yet the Washington DC voices remain silent.
  • Law will force insurers to cover autism costs (CT - State run health care exempt)

    12/31/2009 1:44:04 PM PST · by raybbr · 22 replies · 1,064+ views ^ | 12-31-2009 | Mary O'Leary
    The McDonalds had only four months to go before the crushing economics of covering treatments for their autism spectrum son was all on them. “But thank God, come January, we’ll have no worries,” said Michelle McDonald, 39, as she joined others in Hartford Wednesday to talk about an insurance fix that mandates coverage for medical needs of these children. The law, which was championed by state Sen. Martin Looney, D-New Haven, state Sen. Joseph Crisco, D-Woodbridge, and state House Speaker Christopher Donovan, D-Meriden, applies to private insurance plans and is effective as of Friday. McDonald said her non-verbal 4-year-old son...
  • Brain Imaging Sheds Light on Social Woes Related to Autism

    12/19/2009 9:28:01 PM PST · by neverdem · 14 replies · 1,094+ views
    HealthDay News ^ | Dec 18, 2009 | NA
    FRIDAY, Dec. 18 (HealthDay News) -- The brains of autistic people are less active than expected when they're engaged in self-reflective thought, a finding that helps explain autism-related social difficulties, say British researchers. Using functional MRI, they measured the brain activity of 66 males, half of whom had autism, while they were asked questions about their own or the Queen's thoughts, opinions,preferences, or physical characteristics. The researchers were particularly interested in an area of the brain called the ventromedial prefrontal cortex, which is known to be active when people think about themselves. In non-autistic volunteers, this part of the brain...
  • Autism and schizophrenia could be genetic opposites

    12/05/2009 12:38:25 AM PST · by neverdem · 3 replies · 518+ views
    New Scientist. ^ | 02 December 2009 | Bob Holmes
    Autism and schizophrenia may be two sides of the same coin, suggests a review of genetic data associated with the conditions. The finding could help design complementary treatments for the two disorders. Though autism was originally described as a form of schizophrenia a century ago, evidence for a link has remained equivocal. One theory puts the conditions at opposite ends of a developmental spectrum. To investigate, Bernard Crespi, an evolutionary biologist at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, Canada, and colleagues gathered data on all known genetic variants associated with each condition, then looked for patterns of co-occurrence. The researchers found...
  • Childhood: New Research on Autism and Mercury

    10/28/2009 12:17:23 AM PDT · by neverdem · 14 replies · 891+ views
    NY Times ^ | October 26, 2009 | RONI CARYN RABIN
    Many parents worry about a possible link between autism and mercury exposure. But most research dismisses those fears as groundless, and a new study says autistic children actually have lower blood levels of mercury than children who are developing normally. Mercury levels were closely related to fish intake, the study found, and children with autism and related disorders tend to be picky eaters who avoid fish. After researchers adjusted for the lower fish consumption of autistic children, they found no differences between their mercury levels and those in other children. Irva Hertz-Picciotto, a professor of public health sciences at the...
  • Mother: Teacher Knowingly Gave Allergic Son Peanuts

    10/09/2009 9:40:51 AM PDT · by Abathar · 21 replies · 1,254+ views ^ | 10/09/2009 | staff
    INDIANAPOLIS -- The mother of a 7-year-old boy with autism and a severe peanut allergy has filed a lawsuit claiming a teacher tossed her son a peanut-filled Mr. Goodbar candy bar in hopes of sickening him and keeping him from going on a zoo field trip. The boy didn't eat the candy bar, but Anita Young said her son suffered physical and emotional abuse at the hands of his teacher, and filed a lawsuit in Marion County against her son's Indianapolis school. Young also wants criminal charges filed against teacher Trinda Barocas.