A study to examine whether children with autism show improvement after injections of their own umbilical cord stem cells is getting under way today. According to the principal investigator, Michael Chez, director of pediatric neurology at Sutter Medical Center in Sacramento, California, this study is the first of its kind to be approved by the FDA.
According to the blog Babble, a 23-year-old man with autism has been denied a heart transplant due in part to his autism diagnosis. Paul Corby, who has autism with comorbid mental health issues, sought treatment through PennMedicine, which is affiliated with the University of Pennsylvania.
Disability Scoop today summarized a report from the Government Accountability Office which expresses federal concerns regarding difficulties navigating Transition services. Information for the report was compiled by interviewing people in five states.
A study published today in PLOS One concludes that pets can help children with autism develop social skills. French researchers studied 40 families and found that when a pet was added to the household, children with autism demonstrated an increase in prosocial behavior.
A 28-year old autistic man from Colorado was rescued after spending three weeks wandering in the remote Escalante Desert in Southern Utah. William Martin LaFever had been attempting to walk 90 miles from Boulder, Utah to Page, Arizona. Extremely emaciated when found, LaFever has been hospitalized.
The New York Times reports today that two pharmaceutical companies, Roche and Seaside Therapeutics, are joining together to bring drugs to treat autism to market. One of the drugs is Seaside’s arbaclofen, which is in late-stage testing for Fragile X and in midstage testing for autism. Arbaclofen may help with management of challenging behaviors.
A freezer malfuction at a hospital affiliated with Harvard Unversity has resulted in the loss of one-third of the tissue collected by Autism Speaks as part of its Autism Tissue Program. According to Carlos Pardo, a neuropathologist and associate professor of neurology at Johns Hopkins University. this loss could set autism research back a decade.
A report from the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) regarding a survey of school-aged children with special health care needs indicates that over 50 percent of surveyed children with ASD didn't receive a diagnosis until age 5 or older. In addition, over 50 percent of children with ASD were treated with psychotropic medication.
A new survey by the UK's National Autistic Society (NAS) finds that over one-third of autistic adults who responded have faced bullying or discrimination at work, while 43 percent indicate that they have lost a job due to having autism. The NAS notes that the findings speak to the need for better autism education for employers and coworkers.
A new study published in the journal Pediatrics indicates that students with ASD are less likely than other youth with disabilities to be engaged in employment or postsecondary training after high school. Paul Shattuck,assistant professor at the Brown School at Washington University in St. Louis and the study's lead author, notes that, "“Compared with youth in the three other disability categories, those with an ASD had significantly lower rates of employment and the highest overall rates of no participation in any work or education whatsoever."
It is that time of year again, when families get together for holidays and people start Christmas shopping.
My daughter wrote a monologue for an acting class about growing up with a sibling on the spectrum.
I’ve come down with an early case of the “Bah Humbugs” this year.
Last Tuesday my sister Connie had to have a surgery.
Here's what really gets to us about the holiday season. It's not the way advertisers assault us, though that's troubling.
By the time you read this, I will have returned from a week’s vacation in Florida with my family.
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