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Goody Blog Daily News RoundupNew Approach Finds Success In Teaching Youth With Autism
As the number of children diagnosed with autism spectrum disorders continues to increase, the one thing that won’t change is the need for those children to develop social skills. Statistics show that if these students are able to communicate effectively, they can achieve success in the classroom, and later, in the workplace. In addition to the challenges facing each individual student, educators find themselves facing dwindling resources. Now, researchers at the University of Missouri are developing an effective social competence curriculum, with a virtual classroom component, that could help educators meet the demand of this growing population. (Medical News Today)

U.S. Premature Birth Rate Declines After Decades Of Increases
After a 30-year climb, the U.S. premature birth rate dropped for the second year in a row from 12.8% in 2006 to 12.3% in 2008, according to a March of Dimes analysis of the latest available data, USA Today reports. The rate of infants born prematurely — before 37 weeks’ gestation — was 9.4% in 1981. The recent decline occurred in 40 states and the District of Columbia. (Medical News Today)

American Society Of Anesthesiologists Helps Parents Reduce Surgery-Related Complications In Obese Children
The American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA) is taking action to educate parents about the increased risk of complications faced by obese children undergoing anesthesia. The number of obese children has doubled in the past two decades and tripled among adolescents and the ASA encourages parents to help improve both the surgical outcomes and long-term health of America’s youth. (Medical News Today)

Gene Links to Anorexia Identified: Largest Genetic Study of the Eating Disorder Detects Common and Rare Variants
Scientists at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia have identified both common and rare gene variants associated with the eating disorder anorexia nervosa. In the largest genetic study of this psychiatric disorder, the researchers found intriguing clues to genes they are subjecting to further investigation, including genes active in neuronal signaling and in shaping interconnections among brain cells. (Science Daily)

Kids’ ER Visits Down After Cold Medicine Withdrawal
Three years after nonprescription infant cold medicines were taken off the market, emergency rooms treat less than half as many children under 2 for overdoses and other adverse reactions to the drugs, a new U.S. government study shows. (US News.com)

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