Dec 6, 2013, Long Beach (CA) Press Telegram: Autism may be linked to gastrointestinal issues, Caltech study says.
Dec 5, 2013, Warwick (RI) Beacon: Planning to meet needs of autistic adults
Dec 5, 2013, Palm Beach (FL) Daily News: Autism Speaks post rattles some readers--One board member resigns, saying he can't stand by co-founder Suzanne Wright's views.
Dec 5, 2013, Washington Times: Vaccine disinformation: Katie Couric on HPV and Jenny McCarthy on autism
A breakthrough at Caltech suggests that behaviors associated with autism are influenced from gastrointestinal (GI) issues, and could be treated with probiotic therapy.
Using a mouse model of autism previously developed at Caltech, researchers injected the mice with the "good" human bacteria Bacteroides fragilis, which can treat a "leaky gut," metabolites pouring out of the intestinal wall and into the bloodstream. Not only did the GI issue decreased, so did the autism symptoms in the mice.
Now, neuroscientists and biologists at Caltech hypothesize that behavioral issues on the autism spectrum may be influenced by GI issues, and could be treated with probiotics.
It's a "breakthrough." It's a "landmark paper."
GI issues and autism? Aren't we talking about the research of Dr. Andrew Wakefield? I posted two comments.
For the most part, when picturing the face of autism, one pictures a young child facing difficulties with communication, social interaction and daily activities. But what happens when that child grows up to become a member of the adult world?
That is the question facing Joanne Quinn and Sue Baylis. Quinn is the executive director of The Autism Project in Johnston. Baylis is the organization's parent resource specialist. The Autism Project, which was started in 1997 by educators, professionals and family members concerned about autism in public schools, offers educational consultation services, professional and family training workshops, social groups, camps and conferences aimed at improving the education and daily lives of children. Quinn and Baylis are now faced with finding new programs and ways to support autistic adults.
According to Quinn, 500,000 Americans with autism will age out of school support systems in the next 10 years. Those living with autism have varying levels of difficulty in verbal and nonverbal communication, social interaction and leisure activities. . . .
"They've gone through school to get a diploma, everyday academics, academics, academics," said Quinn. "But now they are out and have no ability to get or sustain a job," which could lead to intense depression and anxiety problems.
"Kids were coming out of high school with no transition plan and sitting on their couches. Some still are," said Baylis.
WHERE ARE ALL THE AUTISTIC ADULTS TODAY?
Once at a parents' meeting a mom was talking about autism and she said, "Where were all these kids when I was little?"
Someone told her, "Parents used to keep them at home."
I was speechless.
We are deluding ourselves into believing that nothing's wrong. There just can't be
A controversial post to the Autism Speaks website last month by co-founder Suzanne Wright of Palm Beach rattled some readers and led to the resignation of one of the organization's board members.
Wright's article referred to "the autism crisis," which she said demands "a national response." Afterward, she met with congressional leaders to press her case for more money for research, treatment and services to address autism.
She wrote: "If three million children in America one day went missing - what would we as a country do? If three million children in America one morning fell gravely ill - what would we as a country do?
While America is trying to accommodate autism with "Sensitive Santas" and "Autism Friendly Movies, " Suzanne Wright brought up the uncomfortable reality that autism is a real crisis, that children are suffering and that there's nothing for the massive population of children who will be aging out of school with no place to go.
It seems we are not allowed to call autism, a crisis.
Here are two stories from Age of Autism that show what autism really is for countless families.
Parents of these children are not so accepting. They want more than awareness.
Anne Dachel, Media editor: Age of Autism
Yesterday, Katie Couric aired a show titled the "Big Conversation" which devoted almost 30 minutes to the possibility that human papilloma virus (HPV) vaccinations may be causing deaths to recipients of the vaccine.
To illustrate the so-called "controversy," Couric interviewed Rosemary Mathis, director of the anti-HPV organization SaneVax, Inc. and Emily Tarsell, both mothers who claim the HPV vaccine took their daughters live
To bolster Couric's journalistic angle, Couric also trotted out Dr. Diane Harper, known as a lead researcher in the development of Gardasil and Cervarix, the two drugs approved as HPV vaccines. Harper, who once supported the use of HPV vaccines, has now done a 180 and has publically taken on an anti-vaccine position.
How dare Katie Couric talk about HPV vaccine side effects! TIME and the Washington Post have both gone after her.
I posted two comments---no links allowed.
Anne Dachel is Media Editor for Age of Autism.