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Autism Rates higher than before says new CDC Report

Fri, 30 Mar 2012 04:40:17 +0000

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(Best Syndication News) - The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that there are more children diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder; a 78 percent increase since their 2007 autism report. The latest report showed a 23 percent increase from their 2009 report.

The new estimates show one in every 88 children are diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder. The CDC found that some areas in the nation had higher rates, while others had considerably lower rates.

Boys are more likely to be diagnosed with autism - at a rate of 1 out of 54, while one in 252 girls are diagnosed. Black children had a 91 percent increase, and Hispanic children had a 110 percent increase. More children are being diagnosed earlier, with some as young as the 3 years old.

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Children not getting Measles Vaccination for fear of Autism – Over 150 Measles cases in US this Year

Tue, 30 Aug 2011 20:50:13 +0000

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(Best Syndication News) - Measles is making a comeback with over 150 cases being reported in the United States this year. Gregory Poland, M.D. from the Mayo Clinic wrote an article in the September issue of Mayo Clinic Proceedings that suggested doctors should review. Poland said there is no association between the measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine and autism.

The autism vaccine debate started in 1998 when Andrew Wakefield, M.D., wrote of the associated risk. This finding was later found to be fraudulent by the British General Medical Council. The research paper was then retracted. However, the suspected thimerosal link to autism still worries parents and they will sometimes avoid the early routine childhood vaccinations.

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World Autism Awareness Day and Light it Up Blue going on April 2nd

Sat, 02 Apr 2011 18:59:53 +0000

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(Best Syndication News) - April 2nd is the 4th annual World Autism Awareness Day which was created by the United Nations General Assembly in 2007. The goal of World Autism Awareness Day is to help people understand and have compassion for those living with autism.

Last year, in 2010, the Autism Speaks organization started the Light It Up Blue campaign which had major buildings light their building blue on World Autism Awareness Day. Last year, they had the Empire State Building in New York City, and the CN Tower in Toronto, Canada turn the buildings' lights blue. The organization is asking buildings to Light it up Blue on April 1st and 2nd. To learn about participating in the event you can visit lightitblue.org. People can also participate by wearing blue and lighting their homes blue.

There may be special events in your area celebrating World Autism Awareness Day. To find out more about this you can visit World Autism Awareness Day Events These are events around the world so you have to scroll down to the United States section.

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Questions Raised In Study Linking Autism To Vaccines

Fri, 29 Jan 2010 19:11:46 +0000

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(Best Syndication News) A medical group has declared that Dr. Andrew Wakefield, the doctor who first raised a concern between vaccinations and autism, says he carried out his research in an unethical and irresponsible manner. Wakefield denies the claims.

The doctor’s 1998 study reported that bowel symptoms in twelve children diagnosed with autism spectrum disorders were linked to the MMR vaccine. The study, published in the Lancet medical journal, recommended separating the components of the injections by at least one year.

This raised concerns among parents around the world. The MMR vaccine is a mixture of three live attenuated viruses. It is usually administered in children through injection about the age of one. The second dose, not a booster, is administered before children start school

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Disability.gov Website - Redesigned with User Feedback in Mind

Tue, 28 Jul 2009 19:07:34 +0000

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[Best Syndication News] The US government renamed the disabilityinfo.gov website to disability.gov to better serve over 50 million US citizens that are affected with a disability or are a caregiver to a person with a disability. The website is there for family members, veterans, employers, educators, and anyone that want to access disability related information. The new website combines information from 22 federal government agencies. The Labor Department is overseeing the website.

The new disability.gov website has social media tools that help users offer feedback and they can participate in online discussions as well as make suggestions for resources for the website. Users can subscribe to their Twitter feed, the RSS feed, and can add it to their social website such as Facebook or Myspace. The have a newsletter that can be signed up for as well as keep posted of new updates via email. There is also a blog as well to keep informed of anything new with the website or related agencies that would relate to disabilities.

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Jenny McCarthy Talk Show Deal and Autism discussion on 'The Doctors' TV Show

Thu, 07 May 2009 00:10:32 +0000

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Louder than Words - Jenny McCarthy

[Best Syndication News] Jenny McCarthy was on 'The Oprah Winfrey Show' several times talking about her son's battle with autism. McCarthy is an actress and writer of two books, "Louder Than Words: A Mother's Journey in Healing Autism" and "Mother Warriors: A Nation of Parents Healing Autism Against All Odds."

McCarthy is very outspoken on autism caused by vaccines and has marched at Washington D.C. to bring awareness to the skyrocketing rates of autism in children. She was on the syndicated daytime TV show 'The Doctors' to discuss autism. She was well behaved but one doctor and one advocate had locked horns on the topic of vaccination and the potential dangers of mercury in the vaccines might be causing autism. McCarthy pointed out that there was a huge increase of vaccinations from the 1980's to the 1990's. There used to only be 10 vaccinations that a child received, now there is over 30 vaccinations. She thinks that the medical establishment needs to rethink the risks of autism versus the benefits of the vaccine.

On the doctors show, I think the activist guy was passionate because they families that have a child with autism really are suffering, and they want to have a solution. They feel like the government and medical doctors are overlooking there children's best interest. McCarthy did explain that a diet that is gluten free could also be beneficial. The doctors discussed the oxygen therapy was also something that is being researched for the treatment of autism.

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Is A Diagnosis of Bipolar Disorder the New Mania?

Wed, 20 Aug 2008 21:28:43 +0000

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Has the pharmaceutical industry become the Pied Piper of Hamelin--ridding us of lethal diseases only to turn around and "take" our children?

Would a physician from the 1950s "have identified the frenzy to treat bipolar disorders in infants that developed in twenty-first-century American as a mania?"

In his latest book, Mania: A Short History of Bipolar Disorder (the John Hopkins University Press) David Healy, author of Let Them Eat Prozac, looks at the historic roots of our current "medicalized distress" in which half the population is said to suffer a mental illness at some point in life and babies are diagnosed in utero as bipolar.

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Autism Genes Identified – Therapy For Turned Off Genes Possible

Fri, 11 Jul 2008 04:02:36 +0000

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(Best Syndication News) Researchers have found new genes that may cause autism making it easier to develop gene therapies to possibly treat or cure the disease. The good news is that most of the genes were not deleted or removed but were just not turned on. This makes it easier to develop treatments.

Since Middle Eastern parents may be closely related and have many children, the researchers focused on this region of the world. According to a paper from the Children's Hospital of Boston, in traditional Arab societies it is common for cousins to marry, increasing the likelihood that offspring will inherit rare mutations.

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Autism, Vaccines, Stealth Adapted Viruses and Mitochondria Dysfunction

Wed, 09 Apr 2008 21:45:42 +0000

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Parents of autistic children are understandably seeking an explanation of their child’s illness. Many have been encouraged to blame the government sponsored vaccination programs. Initially, the major focus was on the impurity of the pertussis (whooping cough) vaccine and its alum additive(1). The next issue was live measles virus included in the measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine combination (2). More recently, the emphasis has shifted to killed vaccines and especially to the widely used mercury containing thimerosal preservative (3). In addition to concerns regarding the actual constituents in vaccines, an overriding issue has been the increasing number of vaccines being given to infants, some of which may be less essential than commonly argued (4). It has not been difficult for various lay spokespersons to gather followings of supporters of the vaccine-induced-autism hypothesis and to preach about the dangers of vaccination.

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American Academy of Pediatrics wants ABC to cancel 'Eli Stone' Premiere TV show

Tue, 29 Jan 2008 22:57:03 +0000

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'Eli Stone' 2008 - ABC

[Best Syndication] The American Academy of Pediatrics is asking ABC to cancel the premiere the TV show Eli Stone that will air this Thursday because of a controversial autism case where a $5.2 million dollar lawsuit for a child that got autism from a vaccine.

This of course has only been speculation that a vaccine containing a mercury perservative could cause autism. There is research that has shown it has not caused autism, but there is no clear answers as to what causes autism.

ABC will continue to air the show as planned because as they state, "The story line plays on topical issues for dramatic effect, but its purpose is to entertain."

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Therapy May Reverse Symptoms Of Fragile X Syndrome – Clinical Trials For Drugs To Begin For FXS – May Help Autism

Thu, 20 Dec 2007 08:10:00 +0000

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(Best Syndication) New research from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) may pave way for treatment of fragile x syndrome and autism. They were able to correct several abnormalities in mice missing the gene for the “fragile X mental retardation protein” (FMRP) and an unchecked metabotropic glutamate receptor 5 (mGluR5).

The MIT scientists used “double mutant” mice which lacked both the FMRP gene and had a 50% reduction in mGluR5. By altering one gene they were able to alleviate many of the fragile X abnormalities. The researchers believed that normally the FMRP gene puts the breaks on the mGluR5, but in patients with fragile X, this mGluR5 is out of control.

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Autism study shows relationship between increase in White Brain Matter and Poor Motor Skills

Mon, 30 Jul 2007 22:34:55 +0000

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[Best Syndication] Researchers from the Kennedy Krieger Institute in Baltimore Maryland found a link between increased white brain matter and functional impairment with poor motor skills with children diagnosed with autism.

The researchers studied children with autism and children with attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and found that the children with autism had an increase in the white matter volume in the motor region of the brain. This increase in white matter also was a predictor in the autistic children’s poor motor skill functions.

This is the first time that research has been able to pinpoint a relationship between white matter and motor skill function in autistic children. Besides having poor motor skills, autistic children also lack socialization and communication skills.

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Autism Case Involving Mercury In Vaccines Heard By Federal Court – Childhood Vaccinations Caused Mental Problems in Children

Tue, 19 Jun 2007 00:42:02 +0000

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(Best Syndication) Plaintiffs in nearly 4,800 cases are watching nine test cases brought before the U.S. Court of Federal Claims concerning a link between autism and mercury in childhood vaccinations. Many experts say that there is no link, but some parents and watchdog groups claim otherwise.

Since the diagnosis of autism is made around the time of childhood vaccinations, a suggested link between the two was made. Cases of autism have been on the rise and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) believes that 1 in 150 eight year old children suffer from the condition. Since earlier numbers indicated that one in several thousand children had the condition, the disease represents an epidemic.

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Autism Families gets their day in Court to challenge Vaccination as a Cause

Mon, 11 Jun 2007 19:49:15 +0000

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[Best Syndication] Hearings begin today in Washington, D.C. for families that have autistic children. Thousands of families are arguing that vaccinations are the cause for their child’s autism.

There are over 4,800 families that have filed a claim with the US government that routine vaccinations have caused autism in at least one of their children. Those filing the claims are seeking compensation payments from a government trust fund and to have the potential truth be known of the cause for their child’s autism. A form of mercury was used as a perservative for some of the childhood vaccinations before 2002.

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Doctors Fail to Recognize Life-Threatening Serotonin Syndrome

Sat, 05 May 2007 12:32:33 +0000

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In addition to recent reports that the drugs work no better than sugar pills, the latest warnings added to the long list of adverse events linked to selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor antidepressants have focused on birth defects, suicide risks and violence.

However, the massive over-prescribing of SSRIs, including Prozac, Paxil, Zoloft, Celexa and Lexapro in combination with many other drugs now has medical experts scrambling to educate doctors about a life-threatening condition known as "serotonin syndrome."

According to the report, "A Mix of Medicines That Can Be Lethal," by Jane Brody, in the February 27, 2007 New York Times, "with the enormous rise in the use of serotonin-enhancing antidepressants, often taken in combination with other drugs that also raise serotonin levels, emergency medicine specialists are trying to educate doctors and patients about this not-so-rare and potentially life-threatening disorder."

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Father's Age as a Risk Factor For Autism

Thu, 26 Apr 2007 02:23:53 +0000

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The average age of fatherhood is increasing in the US and in Western Europe. Some research shows that offspring of older fathers are at increased risk for diseases and conditions (Bray et al., 2006). Some experts predict an upswing in cases of schizophrenia will accompany the increasing average paternal age. “The actual percentage of cases with paternal germ line-derived schizophrenia in a given population will depend on the demographics of paternal childbearing age, among other factors. With an upswing in paternal age, these cases would be expected to become more prevalent” (Malaspina et al., 2006). Approximately 25-33% of all cases of schizophrenia may be due to the father’s age at conception, according to Malaspina (2006). Malaspina sees a connection between advancing paternal age and neural functioning difficulties in people with autism and with schizophrenia. According to Tarin et al. (1998), there are well over 30 known conditions that the offspring of older fathers are more at risk for (see chart on paternal aging in the linked article).

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Autism risk may be related to Spontaneous Gene Mutations

Fri, 16 Mar 2007 19:31:19 +0000

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Tiny and spontaneous gene mutations may increase a child’s risk for autism according to a study funded by the National Institute of Mental Health, a component of the National Institutes of Health. The study was published in an online report in the March 16th edition of Science Express.

The researchers report that there was a ten time more cases of spontaneous deletions and duplications of genetic material in sporadic cases of autism spectrum disorders compared to those in the healthy control group, however in families that have more than one affected member with autism the genetic changes where only seen twice as often.

The researchers suggest that autism spectrum disorder may have over 100 genes that could create the symptoms. There is potentially a number of genetic mutations that could create a person autistic behaviors.

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The Really Big Lie About Autism

Sun, 25 Feb 2007 20:11:48 +0000

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The 2007 CDC Autism Study

About six months ago I wrote an OpEd piece called "The Really Big Lie About Autism" in which I described the persistent yet illogical claim that all the autistic kids filling speech therapy sessions, classrooms, and even whole schools, are the result of "better diagnosing and greater awareness" on the part of doctors. In other words, autism has always been a major childhood disorder; we just didn't recognize it for what it was.

That article focused on the Really Big Lie About Autism as told to parents by the medical community. Regardless of the number of autistic kids sitting in their waiting rooms, doctors are satisfied that it's all due to their keener sense of observation.

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Study Find Genes Involved In Autism – Treatment For Condition May Involve Gene Therapy – More Research And Participants Needed

Tue, 20 Feb 2007 07:56:42 +0000

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(Best Syndication) Researchers say that they have found a genetic link to autism, which could lead to a treatment or therapy for the behavioral disorder. After examining the genes of nearly 1,200 families containing individuals with autism, University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) scientists say that identified a group of genes that may play a role in the development of autism.

Dr. Daniel Geschwind said “This degree of collaboration is an unprecedented effort in autism research and demonstrates that a genetic approach is a powerful way to deepen understanding of the disease.” Geschwind is director of the Neurogenetics Program at the Jane and Terry Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior at UCLA. UCLA was one of 13 research centers involved in the study.

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Rett Syndrome Symptoms Reversed in this debilitating Autism Spectrum Disorder - Mice Study

Fri, 09 Feb 2007 23:25:06 +0000

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A landmark study has been announced with the successful ability to reverse symptoms in Rett Syndrome in a genetic mouse model. This announcement comes from the Rett Syndrome Research Foundation (RSRF) and the study was led by by Adrian Bird, Ph.D., of the University of Edinburgh and Chairman of the RSRF Scientific Advisory Board. The study appeared in the February 8th online edition of Science Express.l

Rett Syndrome is a severe neurological disease that affects primarily girls in their childhood. It appears that Rett Syndrome strikes randomly. The syndrome systematically destroys speech, ability to move and they lose their ability to use their hands normally. The children with Rett Syndrome often become wheelchair bound and those that are able to walk have an abnormal stiff legged step. This is one of the most physically disabling of the autism spectrum disorders. They also develop problems with breathing and Parkinson-like tremors can occur.

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