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Emergency Tracking System Aids the Autistic and Those With Alzheimer’s

Posted on January 01, 2012

Human tracking system Nancy Hood's son, William Plant, was at home fretting that a power outage would stop him from watching the Pirates on TV, a ritual the young man with autism rarely skips. Plant, 18, threw up his hands in frustration and stormed through the front door of Hood's home in Mt. Lebanon on that sweltering day in September. "I thought he'd walk around the loop to the library where he's allowed to go with our dog, or was at that point, and he'd come right back," she said. "

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Autism Insurance Settlements Ill-Conceived, Advocates Say

Posted on January 01, 2012

California officials claimed a win earlier this month after striking deals with two private insurers to cover behavior therapy for children with autism, search but now some advocates are calling the settlements a “sham.” In recent weeks, the California Department of Managed Health Care announced agreements with Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield of California under which the insurers said they would provide coverage of applied behavioral analysis, or ABA, therapy. State officials said the

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Salt Lake: Storytime for Children With Autism

Posted on January 01, 2012

Special Needs Sensory Storytime I have been lucky to be a Youth Services Librarian at the Salt Lake County Library System for the last four years. Part of my job has been leading a storytime experience, look where I read books, salve sing songs and promote literacy to preschool-age children. It is something I love to do and the children enjoy it too. Whenever I begin a storytime session, I always have new children. In January 2011, the beginning of my spring session, it was no different wi

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Antidepressant Use During Pregnancy Linked to Higher Risk of Autism

Posted on January 01, 2012

Children whose mothers use antidepressants during pregnancy may be more likely to develop autism than kids whose mothers do not, sale say researchers in California. In a study involving data on more than 1, page 800 children — fewer than 300 of whom had an autism spectrum disorder (ASD) — and their mothers, the scientists found that women who were prescribed drugs to treat depression in the year before giving birth were twice as likely to have children with an ASD, compared with women wh

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Autism Result Of Scores Of Genetic Mutations

Posted on January 01, 2012

Hundreds of spontaneous gene mutations may be responsible for the development of autism in families without a history of the disorder. In three studies published Thursday in the journal Neuron, researchers from Yale University, Columbia University and Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory in New York looked at gene analyses from over 1,000 families where one child had an autism diagnosis but the parents and the child’s siblings did not. They found that children with autism had more copy number var

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Disability and Steve Jobs’ Legacy

Posted on January 01, 2012

‘This Stuff Doesn’t Change the World’ When I heard that Steve Jobs had passed away, this site illness I was boarding a train from New York to Philadelphia to visit my son who uses a device Steve Jobs invented to help him talk. He will never know. My son is on the autism spectrum and has a severe receptive and expressive language delay. He’s 4 years old, decease ed can read and spell words, and sing entire songs but is more like an 18-month- or 2-year-old in normal conversation.

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Autism: A Year In Review

Posted on January 01, 2012

  In the United States, we've seen a fifteen-fold increase in autism diagnoses over the past two decades. In fact, it's currently estimated that almost 1% of US children have an autism-spectrum disorder (ASD), while the rates in US adults are largely unknown. […] The causes of autism, however, remain unclear. Genetic factors, dysfunctional cell-to-cell communication, and even environmental factors such as teratogens (chemicals that cause birth defects) have all been implicated.

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Preemies Have a Higher Risk of Autism

Posted on January 01, 2012

The risk of developing autism among children who are born prematurely is five times greater than among kids born after a full-term pregnancy, according to a new study. "Although this group is not the first to report a higher prevalence of autism in the low birth weight infant population, they've done a better job than anyone else in confirming the diagnosis with gold standard tools," said Dr. Karl Kuban, chief of pediatric neurology at Boston Medical Center, who did not participate in the

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Birth Complications and Autism

Posted on January 01, 2012

    The first scientific review of all research on birth-related risk factors for autism has clarified the conditions that may contribute to the development of this neurobiological disorder. The report appears in today’s issue of the journal Pediatrics. Hannah Gardener and her colleagues at Harvard School of Public Health and Brown University reviewed the scientific literature for clinical studies on birth and newborn conditions that have been associated with autism. They identi

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Report: Vaccines Safe, Not Linked To Autism

Posted on January 01, 2012

In the first comprehensive review of vaccine safety since 1994, yet another body of medical researchers is affirming that there is no link between vaccines and autism. The finding comes in a report released Thursday from the Institute of Medicine, part of the National Academy of Sciences, that was produced at the federal government’s request. “The findings should be reassuring to parents that few health problems are clearly connected to immunizations, and these effects occur relatively r

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