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Autism in the News – 10.26.11

Autism Linked to Unusual Shapes in Lungs (WebMD)
Children born with a certain shape in their airways — the tubes that take air to the lungs — all have autism or autism spectrum disorder, according to a new study. Read more.

UPDATE: Search for missing autistic boy continues in Hanover (Doswell, Mass.)
The search for a 9-year-old autistic boy missing in Hanover County since Sunday continued into this morning without success. Read more.

Rat Study Ties Antidepressants to Autism-like Brain Abnormalities (Psych Central)
A new study shows that immature rats given a common antidepressant can exhibit brain abnormalities and behaviors characteristic of autism spectrum disorders. Read more.

Sewing bee fashions blankets for autistic children (Battle Creek Inquirer)
A sewing bee may not be what initially comes to mind when considering a source of medical charity, but that’s what was happening Tuesday in a common room at Battle Creek’s Chapel Hill United Methodist Church. Read more.

Annual autism fundraiser celebration will honor three community leaders (Sun Sentinel)
The “Fourth Annual Autumn Moonlight”, hosted by Specialty Automotive Treatments, 700 W. Sunrise Blvd., Fort Lauderdale and benefiting the University of Miami-Nova Southeastern University Center for Autism and Related Disabilities (UM-NSU CARD) will take place from 7 to 10 p.m. on Nov.18. “Autumn Moonlight” is an annual festive fundraising celebration designed to raise awareness of autism and support the programs, services and research initiatives of UM-NSU CARD. Read more.

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  1. October 26, 2011 at 9:46 pm

    Very horroble,Autism was only in recent years, a disease that people face, in the past, but the increasing incidence statistics. In fact, the incidence rate increased more because of improved diagnostic methods and public awareness related to popularity. According to U.S. statistics, the incidence of mental retardation and autism, just as the curve in the opposite direction. It can be seen, the incidence of autism is the abnormal increase more due to the previous lack of research and diagnostic tools, and makes a lot of autistic children are diagnosed with mental retardation. The incidence of autism in the U.S. live births 14.9. According to world statistics, the incidence of autism is about five ten thousandths, with China currently available to estimate the total population, about half a million autistic. The disease incidence significantly different between men and women, the prevalence of men and women in our country the ratio of 4:1.

    Western world many researchers suspect that the cause of autism is genetic control, and then triggered by environmental factors. The role of environmental factors are inconclusive, the researchers found seven patients with autism often appear in the genome. It is generally considered the common cause and effect factors, including genetics, brain disease, social and psychological factors. Western medicine treatment, are relatively uniform view that the key is early detection, early intervention, special education and behavioral intervention through training and other methods to improve their self-care in daily life, cognition, social interaction and adapt to society. Specific clinical interventions with behavioral interventions, structured education, language training.

  2. Kathy Silverstein
    October 27, 2011 at 3:20 am

    The article about autism being connected to lung shape is an interesting one. We have so far had articles about autism being related to brain shape and to a multitude of different things, but lungs are a new one. I am an adult with Asperger’s, when I was 13, my right lung collapsed and they never figured out why. I wonder if they are related, but probably not. It would be nice to have a diagnostic test for autism, though.
    While I’m here, in case anyone is looking for a nice basic site that explains what Asperger’s is for friends or family, I found one the other night.

    Great articles, thanks for posting them!

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