Tuesday, March 27th, 2012
How Parents Are Changing the Course of Autism Research
Science and medicine are catching up with parents’ understanding of the condition, and a more nuanced view is slowly emerging: Autism is not just a brain problem.
Pharmacies Deter Teens from Plan B, Study Shows
Even though it’s legal for 17-year-olds to get the so-called morning-after pill, a new study shows that pharmacy employees often dole out the wrong information, telling the teens they’re not allowed to have the drug.
Ind. Mom Who Lost Legs Saving Kids in Tornado Returns Home
Stephanie Decker had been working her way home — spending hours each day on weight training, balance training and other therapy. She reached her goal Monday — heading home 24 days after she lost parts of her legs while shielding her children from their collapsing house near Henryville, Ind., during the March 2 tornado outbreak and clinging to life beneath pounding hail.
Mother’s Strict Diet for 7-Year-Old Raises Controversy, Criticism
In a controversial article appearing in the April issue of Vogue magazine, author Dara-Lynn Weiss writes about the strict diet she imposed upon her daughter after a pediatrician suggested she was clinically obese.
‘Mama’s Boy Myth’: Sons Who Are Close to Mom Are Stronger
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Author Kate Stone Lombardi contends in her new book, “The Mama’s Boy Myth,” that having a close mother-son relationship makes boys stronger and ultimately helps them be better partners and husbands.
Friday, May 27th, 2011
The Combating Autism Reauthorization Act (CARA) was introduced in Congress yesterday as an update to the original Combating Autism Act (CAA) of 2006 which will expire in September 2011.
Under the CAA, the government authorized $1 billion to be used for research over five years. The research helped improve methods for autism screening and detection in infants and toddlers; identify genes associated with autism that may help with early detection; and develop standard care guidelines, training, and treatments to deal with autism issues.
Supported by Autism Speaks and a bi-partisan senate, the new bill seeks to extend government funding toward autism research, treatments, and planning for three more years.
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Monday, May 9th, 2011
A new study published in the American Journal of Psychiatry reports that an estimated 1 in 38 children (with a higher number of girls) in South Korea have autism. The research was conducted on 55,266 school children (between 7 to 12 years old) in the Ilsan district of Goyang city. 23,234 parents participated in a screening questionnaire that was provided. About 1,214 children tested positive for autism, but less than one-third were evaluated further and officially diagnosed with autism.
Researchers do not believe that more children have autism in South Korea; instead, the higher number is contributed to longer, in-depth research (though only on children listed in the school system). The study was compiled from five years of research and was funded by various organizations including Autism Speaks and National Institute of Mental Health. Currently, in America, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) estimates 1 in 110 children have autism. Most of the data about children with autism are compiled from medical and education records, not from surveys.
The results from this study have encouraged researchers to focus more on global autism research (particularly in India, Mexico, South Africa, and Taiwan) through long-term surveys on children inside and outside of schools.
Read more about the South Korea autism study at New York Times, CNN Health, and Yahoo! News.
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