Autism

Autism Rates higher than before says new CDC Report

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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.

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

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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.

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

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

World Autism Awareness Day

(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.

Questions Raised In Study Linking Autism To Vaccines

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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

Disability.gov Website - Redesigned with User Feedback in Mind

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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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