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Saturday, February 24, 2018

Quick and Healthy: Bad Medicine

Artificial eyes, vaccines and autism, an more. “Quick & Healthy” offers highlights from the world of health and wellness that you may have missed this week.

April 22, 2015

Rise Of The Know-Betters: Just The Facts About Anti-Vaxx

Cut through the noise and get the facts about vaccines.

February 4, 2015

Is Autism Like A Magic Show That Won’t End

A new study explains that Autism is a disorder where there is an impairment in the ability to predict behavior and make order of the outside world.

October 7, 2014

Celebrity Doctor’s Alternative Approach To Vaccines Frustrates Disease Experts

By Paloma Esquivel, Los Angeles Times Maureen Viereck arrived at Dr. Bob Sears’ office in Dana Point, Calif., with her four-year-old son to meet the pediatrician and discuss her concerns about vaccines. She worries that immunizations cause health problems, and friends had told her about Sears and his book. “I’m vegan,” she said, and in […]

September 11, 2014

Early Treatment May Decrease Autism Signs

By Geoffrey Mohan, Los Angeles Times LOS ANGELES — How early can autism be detected in babies, and how soon can they be treated? A baby’s first birthday visit to the pediatrician usually includes a screening for the social deficits common with autism spectrum disorder. But doctors and scientists tend to agree that they can’t […]

September 9, 2014

New Autism Study

Nobody knows the causes of Autism, that range of neurological development disorders that has stymied scientists since it was first identified in the 1940s. But now researchers may have some more concrete information on which to base new studies. The New York Times reports the results of a study published in the journal Neuron that […]

August 29, 2014

Caregiver, Case Workers Accused In Autistic Girl’s Starvation Death

By Rafael Olmeda, Sun Sentinel FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — Tamiyah Audain weighed 115 pounds when she was placed in the care of her mother’s cousin in Lauderhill in December 2012. She left on September 25, 2013, in the back of a hearse. At 12 years old, she weighed just 56 pounds before her body surrendered […]

August 28, 2014

Autistic Boy, 11, Allegedly Kept In Cage; Parents Arrested

ANAHEIM, Calif. — Anaheim police arrested two parents Tuesday night who they say kept their 11-year-old autistic son in a cage, possibly in an effort to control his violent outbursts, officials said. The parents were arrested after child protective services and police were dispatched to their home on a tip that a boy there was […]

July 2, 2014

Study: Price Tag Of Autism In The U.S. Exceeds $236 Billion Per Year

By Karen Kaplan, Los Angeles Times Good health is priceless, but autism spectrum disorders can be very expensive. A new study estimates that the lifetime cost of being diagnosed with autism in the United States is somewhere between $1.43 million and $2.44 million. Either of those totals is enough to give most people sticker shock. The […]

June 10, 2014

One In 68 Kids Has Autism

Washington (AFP) – One in 68 children has autism, a 30 percent rise over the last estimate released in 2012, U.S. health authorities said Thursday. The latest U.S. 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 […]

March 27, 2014

Autism ‘Patchwork’ Begins During Pregnancy

By Kerry Sheridan Washington (AFP) — The brains of children with autism contain a built-in patchwork of defects, suggesting that the developmental disorder begins while they are growing in the womb, said a U.S. study. Researchers described their findings in the New England Journal of Medicine as “direct evidence” of a prenatal origin for autism, […]

March 27, 2014

Drug Reverses Autism Brain Activity In Mice, Study Shows

By Geoffrey Mohan, Los Angeles Times LOS ANGELES—A generic blood pressure drug could prevent hyperactive brain cell firing associated with early stages of autism spectrum disorder, according to a new study. Injecting pregnant mice with Bumetanide, a diuretic, appears to correct a developmental switch flipped during childbirth that reverses the firing characteristics of neurons in newborns, […]

February 7, 2014

WATCH: No, Vaccinations Do Not Cause Autism

In 1998 a paper published in the journal The Lancet connected measles, mumps, and rubella vaccinations with the development of autism. Though the paper was later retracted, the myth persists and has led to a movement encouraging parents to reject MMR vaccinations for their children (while also encouraging lawsuits against the vaccine makers). And that movement […]

January 24, 2014