Tuesday, November 22nd, 2011
Mother of Missing Arizona 5-Year-Old Arrested
Arizona authorities on Monday arrested the mother of a 5-year-old girl last seen more than a month ago, a police sergeant said.
Parents Want Sexting Principal’s Boss Fired
More heads could roll following the case of a Lake Forest principal caught sending sexually graphic pictures to a college student. Parents at Deer Path Middle School are demanding the district superintendent, Dr. Harry Griffith, resign for not responding to the case quickly enough.
South Korea Pulls Plug on Late-Night Adolescent Online Gamers
In its effort to curb game addiction among adolescents, South Korea pulled the plug this weekend on young gamers after midnight by blocking access to game websites, putting a hotly debated law into practice.
Kid Apps Explode on Smartphones and Tablets. But Are They Good for Your Children?
How young is too young to use a smartphone? In a growing number of families across the country, infants and toddlers are deftly swiping and tapping away even as they wobble toward their first steps.
Over 20 Million Kindergarten-Age Children Living Without Their Parents in China
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One sad side effect of China’s economic miracle: 23 million children under the age of five now live apart from both their parents, who have left home to find work in the country’s cities, according to a newly released statistic.
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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