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.
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.
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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, […]
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, […]
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 […]