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, February 7th, 2011
3 Ingredients In The Right Amounts Is The Recipe For Family Mealtime
A University of Illinois scientist has determined the ABC’s for a successful family meal: action, behavior control, and communication. The average mealtime lasts 18 minutes; 12 minutes of that time should be designated to the most important ingredient, communication. Action calls for the turning off of all devices, which should be done in just two minutes, while behavior control should receive about four minutes. (Medical News Today)
Study Shows That Parents Can Play Valuable Role In Helping Young Children Succeed Despite Stressful Circumstances
Researchers at NYU Child Study Center analyzed a program called Parent Corps, effectiveness and found results promising. ParentCorps includes a series of 13 group sessions for parents and children held at the school during early evening hours, facilitated by trained school staff and mental health professionals. The program is unique by reaching parents through public schools in underserved communities to help them learn a set of parenting strategies. (Medical News Today)
Mom’s age linked to newborn’s size
Dutch researchers found that mothers who give birth later in life have on average heavier babies than younger moms. Age alone is not the only factor that may contribute to a baby’s weight, but links have proven to be steady, and researchers are still interested in the probability.
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