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  • Asperger’s Syndrome and Spirituality

    10/02/2014 5:12:44 AM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 11 replies
    American Association of Christian Counselors ^ | 09/04/2012 | Rev. Stephanie C. Holmes, M.A.
    As I recall a time in my daughter’s life when she was not drawn toward the church or Christians, I wonder how others with Asperger’s Syndrome feel about the church, religion, and spirituality. I googled “Aspergers” and “Religion” to research Aspies’ thoughts about this matter. (Individuals with Asperger’s often refer to themselves as Aspies). To my surprise, there are hundreds of articles written about Aspies and religion. Psychology Today recently featured two articles on this very topic: Bullying, Hypocrisy, and Church: An Asperger Perspective on ReligionThe Pain of Isolation: Asperger’s and Suicide The reality of many Aspies’ experience with religious...
  • Ten Ways to Make Your Church Autism-Friendly

    10/01/2014 6:11:01 AM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 17 replies
    Faith Street ^ | April 23, 2014 | Ann Memmott
    With 1 in 68 people on the autism spectrum, most churches will encounter a number of people of various ages and backgrounds who are autistic. I am autistic and a Christian, and my faith is a very important part of my life. As a child, I had little use of language and was very “typically autistic.” But as an adult, I learned to use language, and now I teach churches worldwide about autism. I work with leaders from the Church of England, and I wrote their national autism guidelines at the request of the Bishop of Oxford, the Right Reverend...
  • Autism and the Church

    09/30/2014 8:55:32 AM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 44 replies
    For families dealing with autism, going to church can be difficult. Children with autism often struggle in new environments. Large crowds of people can be overwhelming to them. They are often bothered by certain noises, bright lights and even smells. Many of the individuals have limited verbal skills. There are safety issues for those who have a tendency to wander. I have talked to way too many families who said, “it is just too hard, so we don’t go” or “we can’t find a church willing to accept our child.” What a terrible shame. The families are not to blame....
  • Autism and the Church

    09/29/2014 6:55:37 AM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 19 replies
    The Inclusive Church ^ | April 2, 2014 | Amy Fenton Lee
    Have you ever heard of a church that turned away a little boy because he had red hair? What if a mother was greeted at the children’s ministry check-in with news her redheaded son had to go back home? No, you can’t imagine. If any church ever sent home a child because of their natural hair color it would make the evening news! Now, have you ever heard of a church that turned away a little boy because he was on the autism spectrum? What if a mother was greeted at church check-in with the news that her son with autism couldn’t be...
  • Journal of Public Health publishes study linking autism to vaccines made with aborted fetal cells

    09/09/2014 4:49:43 PM PDT · by Morgana · 20 replies
    Jill Stanek ^ | Jill Stanek
    I’ve written previously (here and here) about the possible connection between autism and vaccines made with aborted fetal cells. Now, the September issue of the prestigious Journal of Public Health and Epidemiology has published a study conducted by scientists at Sound Choice Pharmaceutical Institute that shows an spike in autism in country after country where vaccines using fetal cells from aborted babies have been introduced. The implicated vaccines are MMR (measles/mumps/rubella), Varicella (chickenpox), and Hepatitis A. Using data from the U.S. government, United Kingdom, Denmark, and Western Australia, researchers found a spike in autism around the world after vaccines using...
  • Autistic Bay Village, Oh Teen Pranked With Human Waste In Ice Bucket Challenge

    09/04/2014 2:26:42 PM PDT · by EBH · 23 replies
    WTAM ^ | 9/4/2014
    Police are investigating after a group of teens in Bay Village, Ohio, allegedly tricked an autistic 15-year-old into creating an ice bucket challenge video, then dousing him with urine, feces, spit, and cigarette butts. The video was filmed on the boy's cell phone and posted to Instagram, according to his mother, Diane. (Local news outlet WJW withheld the family's last name to protect the boy's identity.) The victim's brother, Jacob, told WJW: I mean, the first thing that popped into my mind was like, why could someone – how could someone do this? How could someone really be this cruel...
  • CDC whistleblower makes statement regarding cover up of relationship of MMR and autism

    08/28/2014 8:24:02 AM PDT · by mgist · 78 replies
    Morgan Verkamp ^ | 8/27/14 | William Thompson
    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE-AUGUST 27,2014 STATEMENT OF WILLIAM W. THOMPSON, Ph.D., REGARDING THE 2004 ARTICLE EXAMINING THE POSSIBILITY OF A RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN MMR VACCINE AND AUTISM My name is William Thompson. I am a Senior Scientist with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, where I have worked since 1998. I regret that my coauthors and I omitted statistically significant information in our 2004 article published in the journal Pediatrics. The omitted data suggested that African American males who received the MMR vaccine before age 36 months were at increased risk for autism. Decisions were made regarding which findings to report...
  • UCR: Researchers find key component of autistic behavior

    07/25/2014 2:28:23 AM PDT · by blueplum · 30 replies
    Press Enterprise ^ | July 24, 2014 11:09pm PST | MARK MUCKENFUSS
    A UC Riverside-led team of researchers says it has found conclusive evidence that a naturally produced enzyme in the body is responsible for autism and other neurological disorders in people with Fragile X syndrome. Fragile X is a mutation of the X chromosome associated with obsessive-compulsive and repetitive behaviors as well as learning deficits. People affected by Fragile X have been shown to have structural differences in brain cells, such as underdeveloped neural receptors. :snip: The study is the cover story for the latest edition of the Journal of Neuroscience. :snip: Often, such discoveries are the first step in a...
  • AP Exclusive: Disabled often banned from voting

    07/10/2014 11:09:59 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 30 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jul. 10, 2014 10:12 AM EDT | Michael R. Blood
    At a time when election officials are struggling to convince more Americans to vote, advocates for the disabled say thousands of people with autism spectrum disorder, cerebral palsy and other intellectual or developmental disabilities have been systematically denied that basic right in the nation’s largest county. A Voting Rights Act complaint to be filed Thursday with the U.S. Justice Department goes to a politically delicate subject that states have grappled with over the years: Where is the line to disqualify someone from the voting booth because of a cognitive or developmental impairment? The complaint by the Disability and Abuse Project...
  • Maryland teen sentenced to time in juvenile jail for torturing autistic boy

    07/04/2014 4:57:37 PM PDT · by Morgana · 19 replies
    http://www.nydailynews.com ^ | Friday, June 6, 2014, 9:10 AM | Meg Wanger
    The Maryland teen who admitted to torturing an autistic boy while and filming the abuse has been sent to a juvenile facility where she'll stay for up to four years. Lauren Bush, 17, pleaded guilty in juvenile court last month to distribution of an obscene video and second-degree assault. Under her sentence, she'll be released before she turns 21, NBC Washington reported. Her case was moved from an adult court — where she faced up to 80 years in prison — to the juvenile system. The lighter sentence outraged the victim's father, who wanted the high school junior punished as...
  • A 100-year-old drug corrects autistic social behaviors in lab tests

    06/17/2014 9:09:49 AM PDT · by Rusty0604 · 16 replies
    The Verge ^ | 06/17/2014 | Arielle Duhaime-Ross
    In the study, researchers administered a dose of suramin to 25 male mice, whereas another 25 males received a saline injection instead. All mice were "maternal immune activation mouse models," meaning animals that exhibit autism-like behaviors following a virus infection in their mothers during pregnancy. This single dose, the researchers report, corrected the social behaviors seen in autism spectrum disorder. The mice, for instance, spent more time interacting with both mice and objects they had never interacted with before, compared to those injected with a saline solution. The benefits lasted for five weeks after the drug was washed out of...
  • Environmental pollution linked to autism, schizophrenia, study shows

    06/07/2014 2:04:11 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 45 replies
    Fox News ^ | June 06, 2014 | Amanda Woerner
    Exposure to environmental pollution may cause brain changes that make people more vulnerable to developing autism or schizophrenia, according to a new study published in Environmental Heath Perspectives. This research falls in line with a 2013 study published in JAMA Psychiatry, which demonstrated an epidemiological link between pollution and autism; the researchers found that children who lived in areas with high levels of traffic pollution seemed to be more likely to be diagnosed with the neurodevelopmental disorder. […] While most research on pollution focuses on large-particle pollution—the only type monitored by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency—this research focused on the...
  • Autistic Student’s Father Attacks Son’s Bully On Richmond School Bus

    06/01/2014 11:10:00 AM PDT · by Morgana · 53 replies
    cbs ^ | Joe Vazquez
    RICHMOND (KPIX) — A father followed his 9-year-old autistic son onto the school bus Friday morning and attacked his son’s bully, said Richmond Police Lt. Mark Gagan. Burnis Hurd, 44, is charged with 273 D, which is child abuse and corporal injury to a child. He is in jail on $50,000 bond. After they boarded the bus, the son pointed out an 11 year old boy who had been bullying the 9-year old, Gagan said.
  • 'Knockout game' lands autistic Covington teen in hospital (Louisiana)

    05/30/2014 4:14:20 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 10 replies
    WDSU-TV ^ | May 28, 2014 | Gina Swanson
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)COVINGTON, La. —A Covington teen with autism is recovering in the hospital after he was knocked out in what some people call the "knockout game." The boy was struck so hard his jaw was broken in two places and he underwent surgery. "He has autism he would never hurt anybody," said a Covington mother who did not want to be identified. The woman believes her son was the victim of the knockout game. The 17-year-old is still recovering from a blow he never saw coming. "They cannot think that its OK, because it's not, and I don't want them to...
  • We Don't Have A Gun Problem; We Have A Brain Problem

    05/25/2014 11:21:16 AM PDT · by Yaelle · 34 replies
    Self ^ | 05/25/14 | Self
    We don’t have a gun problem in this country. We have a brain problem. And it is going to get worse. After reading just some of this killer’s autobiography, only up to age 12, I am starting to believe that we need to STOP MAINSTREAMING kids with asperger’s or highly functioning autism. And I have a son with it, same age as this guy. His childhood parallels my son’s except: I DIDNT FORCE HIM INTO SCHOOL. By 4th grade he was homeschooled all the way through. You will not see my son in the news for killing people. First, the...
  • Elliot Rodger, Santa Barbara mass shooting suspect, "My Twisted World" manifesto

    05/24/2014 7:07:53 PM PDT · by Dallas59 · 43 replies
    Scribed ^ | 5/24/2014 | Scribed
    The killers online manifesto. He wanted to kill a year ago.
  • Neuroscientists find link between agenesis of the corpus callosum and autism

    05/16/2014 9:21:32 AM PDT · by neverdem · 23 replies
    Medical Xpress ^ | April 29, 2014 | Katie Neith
    MRI images from a neurotypical control (left) and an adult with complete agenesis of the corpus callosum (right). The corpus callosum is indicated in red, fading as the fibers enter the hemispheres in order to suggest that they continue on. The anterior commissure is indicated by light aqua. The image illustrates the dramatic lack of inter hemispheric connections in callosal agenesis. Credit: Lynn Paul/Caltech (Medical Xpress)—Building on their prior work, a team of neuroscientists at Caltech now report that rare patients who are missing connections between the left and right sides of their brain—a condition known as agenesis of...
  • 'Do you love me?' Heartbreaking pleas of disabled boy, 6, as his lesbian mothers...

    04/27/2014 9:09:01 PM PDT · by Impala64ssa · 68 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 4/27/14
    ...'forced him into a dog cage and poured syrup and kitty litter over him' A six-year-old boy whose mother forced him into a dog cage then poured syrup and kitty litter on him was rescued after neighbors heard him screaming, 'Do you love me?' to his abuser, authorities said. The boy's mother, Crystal Jean Hostetter, 24, and her long-term girlfriend, Sarah Elizabeth McClain, 30, allegedly abused the boy - who has psychological issues and does not like sticky substances - for two hours on Saturday. Neighbors witnessed the treatment and alerted authorities. The two women, from Douglasville, Georgia, appeared in...
  • UC San Diego Autism Research Described as "Game Changer"

    04/24/2014 4:23:25 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 3 replies
    NBC San Diego ^ | Wednesday, Apr 23, 2014 | Liberty Zabala and R. Stickney
    Researchers say stem cells could lead them to the right drug to treat autismUC San Diego scientists say they've made a breakthrough in autism research. Researchers found using stem cells can help them find the right drug to treat the disorder. NBC 7's Liberty Zabala explains how the research could one day lead to a cure. Autistic stem cells are starting respond to experimental drugs in what San Diego researchers are calling a breakthrough in the disorder affecting one in 68 children. UC San Diego scientists took stem cells from children with autism and reprogrammed them into brain cells. “It...
  • Camel Milk: a Miracle Cure for Children With Autism?

    04/24/2014 3:58:16 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 13 replies
    Gulf News ^ | Jay Hilotin
    Children with autism relieved of symptoms following therapy that includes camel milkDubai: Can camel milk help children with autism? Two American mothers who sourced camel milk from the Middle East say it definitely can, citing circumstantial evidence of their children diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) responding positively after therapy that included camel milk. Author Christina Adams shared her camel milk story with XPRESS following a meet-up organised by Autism UAE, Stepping Stones, Child EIMC and Emirates Industry for Camel Milk and Products (EICMP) at The Majlis Dubai, a new camel milk cafe next to Jumeirah Mosque. American-born Zeba Khan,...
  • 1st Trimester Antidepressant Use Tied to Autism Risk

    04/17/2014 6:11:13 AM PDT · by Scoutmaster · 37 replies
    PsychCentral ^ | April 17, 2014 | Rick Nauert
    A new Johns Hopkins study discovers an association between prenatal exposure to antidepressant medications, autism spectrum disorder (ASD), and developmental delays (DD) in boys. Researchers from the Bloomberg School of Public Health found that early prenatal exposure to selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) — commonly prescribed for depression, anxiety, and other disorders — increased the risk for ASD three-fold. Common SSRIs include citalopram (Celexa), escitalopram (Lexapro), fluoxetine (Prozac), paroxetine (Paxil, Pexeva), and sertraline (Zoloft). The study of 1,000 mother-child pairs is published in the online edition of Pediatrics. In the study, investigators analyzed data from large samples of ASD and...
  • IDF Forms Intelligence Unit that Includes Autistic Soldiers

    04/16/2014 8:29:47 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 77 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | 4-16-14 | Abraham Rabinovich
    The Israeli army has formed a specialized intelligence unit that includes soldiers diagnosed with autism, a neurological disorder involving impaired social interaction and communication problems. The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) spokesman’s office said that the autistic soldiers have remarkable visual and analytic capabilities. “They can detect even the smallest details, undetectable to most people,” it said in a press release. The commander of the unit, identified only as “Col. J,” said that the success of the program exceeded all expectations. “Their job is to take visual materials from satellite images and airborne sensors,” he said. “With the help of their...
  • Study: Moms on antidepressants risk having autistic baby boys

    04/14/2014 6:13:56 PM PDT · by DannyTN · 23 replies
    wnd.com ^ | 4/14/2014 | DAVID KUPELIAN
    '1st trimester SSRI exposure was associated with more than a 300% increased risk' ... At the same time, 11 percent of all Americans 12-and-over are taking SSRI antidepressants, including an astonishing 23 percent – almost one in four – of women in their 40s and 50s, and between 7 and 13 percent of all pregnant women in the U.S. ... Specifically, the research team determined that male children with autism disorders were almost three times as likely to have experienced prenatal exposure to antidepressants, when compared with boys with normal development. The finding regarding autistic boys was even more pronounced...
  • Parents touched by Sandy Hook shooting honor daughter, raise awareness

    04/02/2014 9:13:22 AM PDT · by Welchie25 · 11 replies
    Catholic Review ^ | 4/2/14 | Elizabeth Lowe
    Josephine “Joey” Gay was one of 20 children and six adults killed in the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. on Dec. 14, 2012. “You have two choices,” said Bob Gay, Joey’s father and a 1978 graduate of Calvert Hall College High School in Towson. “You can choose love or you can go another way. Knowing my daughter, choosing love was the only way.” The 7-year-old will be honored at the second annual Joey’s Purple Ball June 14 at Calvert Hall. The event benefits the pending non-profit Safe and Sound, comprised of Sandy Hook parents and community...
  • What Is Autism Spectrum Disorder?

    03/29/2014 6:42:23 AM PDT · by Star Traveler · 105 replies
    National Institute of Mental Health ^ | Saturday, March 29, 2014 | NIH Staff
    Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is characterized by: Persistent deficits in social communication and social interaction across multiple contexts; Restricted, repetitive patterns of behavior, interests, or activities; Symptoms must be present in the early developmental period (typically recognized in the first two years of life); and, Symptoms cause clinically significant impairment in social, occupational, or other important areas of current functioning. The term “spectrum” refers to the wide range of symptoms, skills, and levels of impairment or disability that children with ASD can have. Some children are mildly impaired by their symptoms, while others are severely disabled. The latest edition of...
  • Autism Diagnoses Surge by 30 Percent in Kids, CDC Reports

    03/27/2014 12:44:21 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 184 replies
    NBC News ^ | 03/27/2014 | Maggie Fox
    e latest look at autism in the U.S. shows a startling 30 percent jump among 8-year-olds diagnosed with the disorder in a two-year period, to one in every 68 children. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which did the survey, says the numbers almost certainly reflect more awareness and diagnosis of kids who would have been missed in years past. The new estimate for 2010 was a jump from one in 88 children in 2008, the last year for which numbers had been available. “The number of children diagnosed with autism continues to rise,” the agency’s Dr. Coleen Boyle...
  • 'One in 68 kids has Autism'

    03/27/2014 12:12:50 PM PDT · by Star Traveler · 159 replies
    AFP (Agence France-Presse) ^ | Thursday, March 27, 2014 | Sergei Supinsky
    One in 68 children has autism, a 30 percent rise over the last estimate released in 2012, US health authorities said Thursday. The latest US data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show that the "proportion of children with autism and higher IQ (is) on the rise," said a CDC statement. Previously, as many as one in 88 US children were known to have autism spectrum disorder, or ASD, a developmental disorder that recent research suggests may originate in the womb. "This new estimate is roughly 30 percent higher than previous estimates reported in 2012 of 1 in...
  • A Doctor’s self-serving medical fraud which caused countless illnesses and deaths

    03/24/2014 8:51:13 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 64 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 3/24/14 | Michael D. Shaw
    In 1998, British Doctor Andrew Wakefield published research findings in Britain's famed medical journal The Lancet linking autism to a children’s vaccine (MMR) for measles, mumps and rubella. The doctor’s claims resulted in a panic as they “…triggered a slump in immunization levels, outbreaks of infectious disease and worldwide public worry.” In 2004, London Sunday Times reporter Brian Deer revealed that Dr. Wakefield had literally MADE UP the research which showed autism resulting in a matter of days after children had been vaccinated. Deer found that a group of attorneys was paying Wakefield large sums to discredit the MMR vaccine....
  • Thanks, Anti-Vaxxers. You Just Brought Back Measles in NYC.

    03/17/2014 7:41:27 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 173 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | March 13, 2014 | Russell Saunders
    Of all the things to be nostalgic for, infectious diseases probably don’t make it onto many lists. However, if you happen to pine for the good old days when measles was an active public health threat, I have good news for you. The anti-vaccine crowd is bringing it back. There is currently an outbreak of measles in New York City. Considered eliminated in the United States in 2000, last year saw a record number of outbreaks around the country. It’s only three months into 2014, and not only is the nation’s largest city seeing cases in several boroughs, but other...
  • How a Highland cat is helping a boy with autism

    02/09/2014 4:23:16 PM PST · by Innovative · 8 replies
    The Scotsman ^ | Feb 8, 2014 | Ruth Walker
    Then, when Fraser had just turned three, Booth, on instinct, decided to bring a pet into their lives. She could hardly have prayed for the difference it would make. From the instant Fraser met Billy – sitting down in the cat’s pen and snuggling up to the grey and white moggie – it was clear the pair had a special bond. “It was one of those things that will stay with me till the day I die. It was unbelievable to see our boy interacting, engaging with something. We could just see the tension falling away from him. And when...
  • New Use of Drug May Alleviate Children’s Symptoms of Autism

    02/08/2014 8:49:30 AM PST · by Innovative · 7 replies
    Science World Report ^ | Feb 7, 2014 | Thomas Carannante
    Bumetanide, a diuretic approved to treat people with liver and heart disease, is currently being tested on mice and rats to prove its effectiveness in reversing and alleviating the effects of autism in people.
  • Autism: Birth hormone may control expression of the syndrome in animals

    02/06/2014 4:59:03 PM PST · by aimhigh · 8 replies
    ScienceDaily.com ^ | 02/06/2014 | ScienceDaily
    In an article published in Science, the researchers demonstrate that chloride levels are elevated in the neurons of mice used in an animal model of autism, and remain at abnormal levels from birth. These results corroborate the success obtained with the diuretic treatment tested on autistic children by the researchers and clinicians in 2012, and suggest that administration of diuretics to mice before birth corrects the deficits in the offspring. They also show that oxytocin, the birth hormone, brings about a decrease in chloride level during birth, which controls the expression of the autistic syndrome. . . . . A...
  • Chuck Schumer to unveil Avonte's Law, to put tracking devices on autistic kids

    01/26/2014 3:15:09 PM PST · by SMGFan · 37 replies
    New York Daily News ^ | January 26, 2014
    U.S. Sen. Chuck Schumer wants to outfit autistic kids with tracking devices.
  • Rancho Cotate’s Kimberly Rowley is part of the team

    01/26/2014 1:54:05 PM PST · by rey · 15 replies
    Press Democrat ^ | Jan 25th, 2014 | TED SILLANPAA
    ROHNERT PARK — Rancho Cotate High School sophomore Kimberly Rowley is a wrestler who has autism. Just don’t call her an autistic wrestler.
  • DCF deems alleged assault of boy, 11, ‘consensual’ sex

    01/21/2014 3:24:33 AM PST · by massmike · 23 replies
    http://bostonherald.com/ ^ | 01/21/2014 | Matt Stout, Erin Smith
    An 11-year-old autistic Middleboro boy’s claim that he was sexually assaulted by another youth inside his foster home was dismissed as “consensual” sex by child welfare officials charged with protecting him, in a stunning case the boy’s family and school officials charge was plagued by missteps by the embattled Department of Children and Families. According to DCF investigative reports, police reports and letters, the boy — then 11 but with the cognitive ability of a 5- or 6-year-old, his father told police — was allegedly sexually assaulted by another youth in the foster home while the parents slept during the...
  • Study Links Autism and Somalis in Minneapolis

    12/17/2013 1:13:29 PM PST · by Theoria · 27 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 16 Dec 2013 | DONALD G. McNEIL Jr.
    A long-awaited study has confirmed the fears of Somali residents in Minneapolis that their children suffer from higher rates of a disabling form of autism compared with other children there. The study — by the University of Minnesota, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the research and advocacy group Autism Speaks — found high rates of autism in two populations: About one Somali child in 32 and one white child in 36 in Minneapolis were on the autism spectrum. The national average is one child in 88, according to Coleen A. Boyle, who directs the C.D.C.’s Center on...
  • Protest Planned Against Last-Minute Bloomberg Push for Mandatory Flu Vaccines

    12/10/2013 12:05:48 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 29 replies
    Politicker.com ^ | December 9, 2013 | Colin Campbell and Jill Colvin
    Autism advocates are set to protest tomorrow against a quiet effort by Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s administration to require annual flu vaccinations for all New York City schoolchildren.On Wednesday, with just three weeks to go until he leaves office, Mr. Bloomberg’s controversial Board of Health is set to vote on new rules that would force children as young as six months old to be immunized each year before December 31 if they attend licensed day care or pre-school programs.“Young children have a high risk of developing severe complications from influenza. One-third of children under five in New York City do not...
  • Florida town orders boy with autism to give up pet chickens

    12/08/2013 7:31:58 PM PST · by rustyboots · 30 replies
    A Florida town has ordered an autistic Florida boy to relinquish the pet chickens his parents say have transformed him from a troubled little boy given to harming himself into a vibrant and happy preschooler
  • Singer Susan Boyle reveals she has Asperger's syndrome, a form of autism

    12/08/2013 1:16:34 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 57 replies
    New York Daily News ^ | 12/08/2013 | BY DAVID HARDING
    Susan Boyle revealed she has Asperger's syndrome, a form of autism. The Scottish singer who shot to worldwide fame in 2009 with her jaw-dropping performance on "Britain's Got Talent" was diagnosed last year, but has now decided to reveal her news publicly for the first time. Speaking to the Observer newspaper, Boyle said, "It was the wrong diagnosis when I was a kid. "I was told I had brain damage. I always knew it was an unfair label. Now I have a clearer understanding of what's wrong and I feel relieved and a bit more relaxed about myself." Asperger's has...
  • Autism signs 'present in first months' of life

    11/07/2013 8:23:53 AM PST · by Seizethecarp · 57 replies
    BBC ^ | November 6, 2013 | Helen Briggs
    Autism can be identified in babies as young as two months, early research suggests. US researchers analysed how infants looked at faces from birth to the age of three. They found children later diagnosed with autism had shown diminished eye contact - a hallmark of autism - in the first few months of life. The findings, reported in Nature, raised hope for early interventions to tackle autism, said a UK expert. In the study, researchers led by Emory University School of Medicine in Atlanta used eye-tracking technology to measure the way babies looked at and responded to social clues. They...
  • Baby sex checks for autism

    10/21/2013 9:08:34 PM PDT · by Morgana · 11 replies
    thewest.au.com ^ | Cathy O'Leary
    For the first time, WA health authorities have allowed embryos to be screened to reduce the chance of a high-risk family having a child with autism. The Reproductive Technology Council approved the application for a fertility clinic to do a pre-implantation genetic diagnosis, or PGD, to screen for autism. There are no genetic tests for autism, so instead of looking for a gene mutation, the screening identifies the embryo's sex because boys are at least four times more likely to develop autism. It is a new frontier in embryo screening because, unlike other conditions with a distinct genetic basis, autism...
  • Texas megachurch run by vaccine-denying preacher battles measles outbreak (Kenneth Copeland)

    08/31/2013 10:54:12 PM PDT · by iowamark · 78 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 8/28/2013
    A Texas megachurch connected to a pastor who has openly questioned the benefits of modern medicine has been forced to host vaccination clinics after 21 members of the congregation contracted measles. The outbreak started when a person who contracted measles overseas visited Eagle Mountain International Church in Newark, located about 20 miles north of Fort Worth, Texas. Officials with area health departments said those affected by the outbreak range in age from 4-months to 44-years-old. All of the school-age children with measles were homeschooled, and the majority of those who were infected had not been vaccinated. 'If it finds a...
  • Herd Immunity

    08/29/2013 9:22:01 PM PDT · by Rabin · 41 replies
    The peoples chemist ^ | unlisted | A. Chemist
    When outbreaks arise among children, health officials are quick to state that it’s due to a breakdown in ‘herd immunity.‘ "Some" doctors parrot it too, without even looking at the research. They say it’s happening more often nationwide as states make it easier for parents to opt out of vaccinations.
  • Letter attacking boy with autism not a hate crime, police say

    08/20/2013 4:43:54 PM PDT · by Morgana · 59 replies
    The Star ^ | Katie Daubs
    A devastating letter sent to the family of a teen with autism is hateful, but not a hate crime, police say. “Despite the hateful language used, the Crown Attorney’s office has advised that the content of the letter falls below the threshold for a hate crime,” Durham Region police said in a statement Tuesday. “However, there are other Criminal Code issues that are being considered.” The criminal code defines hate propaganda as a statement that advocates genocide, publicly incites hatred, or wilfully promotes hatred. Although the message in the anonymous letter has been spread widely by concerned family and friends,...
  • Family in shock after hate letter targets teen with autism

    08/19/2013 3:18:58 PM PDT · by Morgana · 24 replies
    CityNews ^ | staff
    A family is in shock and a community has united after an anonymous hate letter was written about a young boy living with severe autism. Karla Begley told CityNews her son Max, 13, stays with his grandmother in the morning during the summer time. It was at that home in Newcastle where letter was delivered on Friday. “I was shaking when I was reading it,” Brenda Millson, Max’s grandmother, told CityNews. “It’s awful words. You don’t know why somebody would ever do such a thing.” The typed, one-page letter refers to the young boy as a “nuisance” and a “wild...
  • Autism breakthrough as 'genetic signature' in babies as young as a year found...

    08/11/2013 7:39:08 PM PDT · by Morgana · 36 replies
    FULL TITLE: Autism breakthrough as 'genetic signature' in babies as young as a year found; blood test in the works A GENETIC "signature" of autism in babies as young as 12 months has been identified for the first time, an international conference is to be told. A simple blood test is now being developed and may be available in one to two years, Professor Eric Courchesne will tell the Asia Pacific Autism conference in Adelaide today. "This discovery really changes the landscape of our understanding of causes and effective treatments," says the director of the Autism Centre of Excellence at...
  • IVF linked to intellectual disability, autism in children: large study

    07/19/2013 2:20:21 PM PDT · by NYer · 9 replies
    Life Site News ^ | July 19, 2013 | JOHN JALSEVAC
    July 19, 2013 (LifeSiteNews.com) – A Swedish study has found that children conceived with a certain type of in vitro fertilization (IVF) have a 51 percent increased risk of intellectual impairment – defined as an IQ score below 70. They also linked the procedure to a small increased risk for autism in cases of twins and triplets. Scientists studied data from 2.5 million births, and found the heightened risk in cases of babies conceived by a process in which the sperm is injected directly into the mother’s egg, known as Intra-Cytoplasmic Sperm Injection (ICSI). ICSI is used typically to...
  • Jenny McCarthy: A New Take for The View? (Her Bizarre Views will Fit right In)

    07/18/2013 8:12:24 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 53 replies
    National Review ^ | 07/18/2013 | Betsy Woodruff
    Hey, I don’t know what you’ve been up to today, but if it’s feeling good about America in general, well, probably time to stop. Jenny McCarthy is joining The View. Before I get into this, a quick disclaimer: I haven’t ever actually watched The View, although I did read Wikipedia’s article “The View (U.S. TV Series)” from which I learned that the show features “mostly five women.” (Said article has a helpful if byzantine chart detailing which woman had which seat and for what time period. It’s cool, I guess, if that’s what you’re into.) I also should let you...
  • Mom's Antibodies May Cause Some Autism

    07/13/2013 2:50:19 AM PDT · by neverdem · 17 replies
    ScienceNOW ^ | 10 July 2013 | Emily Underwood
    Enlarge Image Monkey business. Young rhesus monkeys that receive human antibrain antibodies in utero act oddly in social situations. Credit: Nancy Collins/Creative Commons "Antibrain" antibodies that slip through the placenta from mother to fetus during pregnancy may account for roughly a quarter of autism cases, a new study suggests. Some scientists say the work could lead to a blood test that accurately predicts whether a mother will bear a child with this immune-triggered form of the disorder—a claim that's raising eyebrows among skeptics. Autism spectrum disorder (ASD), a range of communication and social deficits estimated to affect 1 in...
  • Family with autistic child denied entry to country club (barf alert)

    06/27/2013 2:45:11 PM PDT · by matt04 · 13 replies
    An Ellington mother is upset after her son, who suffers from autism, was denied access to the swimming pool at a country club because he requires a flotation vest. Cristin Millen told Eyewitness News her 8-year-old son, Aiden Robert, was denied access to the Ellington Ridge Country Club. According to Millen, she signed up for a membership at Ellington Ridge Country Club and told them that Aiden Robert had autism and was required to wear a life jacket. Millen said she asked officials at the country club to check to make sure that was OK. When her husband Kevin called...