Mar 4, 2014, TIME: Nothing, Not Even Hard Facts, Can Make Anti-Vaxxers Change Their Minds
Mar 3, 2014, WALB Albany, GA: Law enforcers to take special Autism course
Mar 3, 2014, CBS News:: Pro-vaccination efforts, debunking autism myths may be scaring wary parents from shots
Mar 3. 2014, Al Jazeera America: Measles outbreaks spark fears of return of a disease
Mar 2, 2014, Palm Beach Post: West Palm Beach walk for autism draws thousands
Mar 2, 2014, Las Vegas Review Journal: Parents of autistic children decry state's long wait list for services
Mar 2, 2014, CNBC: The big investment opportunity in autism?
Mar 1, 2014, The Week: The worrying rise of the anti-vaccination movement
Mar 1, 2014, Forbes: Who Was First With Shocking CDC Autism Data?
Feb 28, 2014, Wall Street Journal: THREE SEPARATE STORIES DENYING A LINK
Feb 28, 2014, Sacramento Bee: SC project looks for autism breakthroughs
Feb 28, 2014, PRNewsWire.com: Vaccine Industry Watchdog Responds to Forbes' Defense of Mercury-Laced Vaccinations
Feb 28, 2014, The Weather Channel: The Dangerous History of Anti-Vaccine Conspiracies
Feb 27, 2014, Seattle Q13 Fox News: Mom of autistic student pulls him out of school after bus incident ‘freaked me out’
Feb 27, 2014, Cleveland Plain Dealer: Can you identify signs of autism in a one-year-old? (video)
Feb 26, 2014, Austin (TX) Statesman: Student with autism charged with assaulting Pflugerville schools administrator
Feb 26, 2014, TIME: More Bad News for Older Dads: Higher Risk of Kids With Mental Illness
Feb 26, 2014, Huffington: The Real 'Autism Epidemic'
Feb 26, 2014, Dallas Morning News: Older dads more likely to have kids with bipolar disorder, autism, ADD, study finds
Feb 26, 2014, Fox News: New autism guidelines may reduce diagnoses by nearly one-third
Feb 25, 2014, Naperville (IL) Sun: Naperville ASPB Therapy Pathways offers daycare program
Feb 25, 2014, Fox 43, York, PA: Lawmakers push to end 'scream rooms' for punishing students
Feb 25, 2014, Forbes: Hyping Your Conspiracy Theory In 5 Easy Steps
Feb 25, 2014, ABC News: Royal Caribbean Is Latest Entrant into Autism-Friendly Travel
Feb 24, 2014, Kansas City Star: What's so funny? Plenty for parents of autistic kids
Feb 24, 2014, Salt Lake Tribune: Bill to grow Utah's autism lottery edging closer to passage
Feb 24, 2014, Los Angeles Times: The rights of the unvaccinated child: The legal view
Feb 24, 2014, Fox News: Environmental toxins can be destructive to women's reproductive health
Feb 24, 2014, Eagle Tribune North Andover, MA: Parents of autistic children launch dinner club
Feb 23, 2014, Cookeville (TN) Herald-Citizen: Fry appointed to state council on developmental disabilities
Feb 23, 2014, Brooklyn Reader: Vaccines- Panacea or Poison?
Feb 22, 2014, Seattle Times: "No funding available" - A family's struggle
Feb 22, 2014, Forbes: Is The CDC Hiding Data About Mercury, Vaccines, And Autism?
Feb 20, 2014, SFARI: Social skills, contentment evade adults with autism
Feb 20, 2014, Everett (WA) Herald Net: Website spews Facebook health myths
Feb 20, 2014: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: Training to help police respond to people with autism
Feb 20, 2014 : Echo-Pilot Greencastle PA: Police and Parents Share Autism Stories
Feb 20, 2014, Forbes: On Autism, Environmental Toxicants, And Bias
Feb 19, 2014, DigitalJournal.com: Vaccine Industry Watchdog Obtains CDC Documents That Show Statistically Significant Risks of Autism Associated with Vaccine Preservative Thimerosal
Feb 19, 2014, Houston Chronicle: State-by-state look at how many parents aren’t vaccinating their children
Feb 18, 2014, Observer newspapers of Dutchess County (NY): Anderson Center for Autism celebrates a strong history
Feb 18, 2014, KY3 Springfield, MO: Researchers making progress in finding answers about autism
Feb 18, 2014, Fox News: Air pollution exposure may increase risk of autism, schizophrenia
Feb 17, 2014, HealthImpactNews.com: 58 Bills in 24 States Threatening Right to Refuse Vaccines
Feb 17, 2014, The Hill: Lawmaker: Stop putting kids in 'scream rooms'
Feb 17, 2014, Salt Lake City Tribune: Editorial: Utah legislators should require autism coverage
Feb 17, 2014, TIME Magazine: Galileo Galilei: Scientific Ignorance is Still With Us
Feb 17, 2014, Worcester (MA) Telegram & Gazette: Autism after 22
Feb 16, 2014, Sunday (UK) Times: Measles legacy of disgraced doctor
Feb 15, 2014, Santiago (Chile) Times: Special report: Vaccine law a battle between science and society
Feb 14. 2014, AutismDailyNewcast: Research on chimpanzees gives new insight into autism spectrum disorders
Feb 14, 2014, Fox News: Number of chemicals linked to autism and other disorders doubled in past 7 years, study shows
Feb 14, 2014, Toronto Star: Doctors fear kids' brain disorders tied to industrial chemicals
Feb 14, 2014. Salt Lake City Tribune: Utah autism treatment coverage bill clears first hurdle
Feb 14. 2014, Columbia (SC) State: New definition prompts almost 1,000 to seek autism-related services from SC
Feb 14, 2014, Salt Lake City Tribune: Utah couple’s dilemma: Sell house or skip autism therapy for sons?
Feb 13, 2014, KDLT-TV Sioux Falls, SD: Autism Bill To Help Cover Cost Of Therapy (VIDEO)
Feb 13, 2014, KWGN-TV Denver, CO: Conference to raise awareness of autism
Feb 13, 2014, WJAC-TV Dubois, PA: Program to help GPS track autistic children
Feb 13, 2014, WEAR-TV Pensacola, FL: Firefighters trained on dealing with Autistic children in dangerous situations
Feb 13, 2014, Georgetown (University) Voice: In an ideal world, there would be a vaccination against ignorance
Feb 12, 2014, Marshfield (WI) News Herald: Flu dangers not over so get your shot
Feb 12, 2014, Dothan (AL) Eagle: New support group hopes to bring awareness to needs of adults with autism
Feb 12, 2014, USA Today: Vaccines reduce risk of strokes in children
Feb 11, 2014, Philly.com States May Be Getting Stricter on Child Vaccine Exemptions
Feb 11, 2014, WPTV Boca Raton FL: Boca Raton Middle School instructor on autism spectrum helps students on spectrum overcome obstacles
Feb 10, 2014, NewsMax: Flu Shot Is Most Dangerous Vaccine in US: Report
Feb 10, 2014, US News: Autism Costs Average $17,000 Yearly for Each Child, Study Finds
Feb 9, 2014, CBS Chicago: Girl Rescued After Walking With No Shoes Onto Ice Near Montrose Harbor
Feb 7, 2014, Forbes: Keep Religion Out Of Science Education And Debates
Feb 6, 2014, National Geographic: Understanding Autism: Baby's Delivery May Be Key
Feb 6, 2014, US News: Many U.S. Adults Not Getting Key Vaccines: CDC
Feb 6, 2014, CNN: Opinion: Blind eye to scientific fraud is dangerous
Feb 6, 2014, Philly.com: Brain Study Explores 'Inner World' of Autism
Feb 6, 2014, USA Today: Drug shows promise in kids with autism, researchers say
Feb 5, 2014, NBC 10 Connecticut: Vaccine Exemptions on the Rise in Connecticut Classroom
Feb 5, 2014 KTUL-TV Tulsa OK: Autism Awareness Initiative
Feb 5, 2014, Naperville (IL) Sun: Autism Speaks presents 'An Evening with the Stars' benefit on March 6
Feb 5, 2014, Augusta (GA) Chronicle: Autism bill personal for Ga. lawmakers
Feb 5, 2014, Provo UT Daily Herald: Pleasant Grove autism charter school filling quickly
Feb 5, 2014, NBC Connecticut: Battle Over Vaccinations Thrives in States With High Exemptions
Feb 4, 2014, Florida Times-Union (Jacksonville): Kids with autism get airport test run: 'Next time the anxiety level will not be so high'
Feb 4, 2014, CNN: Opinion: What we need from our surgeon general
Feb 4, 2014, UK Daily Autism Newscast: Are People with Autism at a Higher Risk for Homelessness?
Feb 4, 2014, McLean VA Sun Gazette: Advertisement Perpetuated Misconceptions About Vaccines
Feb 3, 2014, News 10 Yuba City CA: Mother of autistic student fights for son's right to education
Feb 3, 2014, AZCentral.com: Legislators, advocates building a safety net for runaways with autism
Read Anne's commentary and view the links after the jump.
Feb 4, 2014, West-info.eu: The dangers of doctors ignoring autism
Feb 3, 2014, KSDK-TV St. Louis MO: Autism insurance beneficiaries rising in Missouri
Feb 3, 2014, Inquisitir: Mandatory Flu Shots Coming Soon In NYC
Feb 3, 2014, KMTR-TV, Eugene, OR: Vaccines and autism: Doctor says shots safer than trusting Jenny McCarthy
Feb 1. 2014, Tuscaloosa (AL) News: LEND A HAND 2/2: Valentine's Day fundraiser will benefit Arts 'n Autism
Feb 1, 2014, Sheboygan (WI) Press: Family commitment: Desperate for help for their autistic son, the Shapiros found themselves lost in a legal morass (with video, photos)
Feb 1, 2014, Phoenix, AZ CBS 5: Researchers look to K-9 DNA to identify human autism genes
Feb 1, 2014, Richmond (VA) Times Dispatch: Smart, Mooney help promote autism awareness
Feb 1, 2014, Connecticut Post: A gym for those with autism
Jan 31, 2014, CBS Los Angeles: LAPD Seeks Public's Help In Locating Missing Man With Autism
Jan 31, 2014, Voxxi.com: Are alternative therapies for autism safe?
Jan 31, 2014, Jackson (MS) Clarion Ledger: Autism insurance bill passes first test, awaits next
Jan 31, 2014, BroadwayWorld.com: Chicagoland Chapter of Autism Speaks to Host AN EVENING WITH THE STARS Fundraiser, 3/2
Jan 31, 2014, Sonoma County Gazette: NEW Guidelines for Childhood Immunizations
Jan 30, 2014, CBS News: U.S. to fund tracking devices for children with autism, special needs
The U.S. Department of Justice says it will fund voluntary tracking devices for children with autism or other conditions that put them at risk for fleeing their caregivers.
The same DOJ that opposes parents who claim vaccines caused their child's autism in vaccine court is funding tracking devices for autistic kids.
Jan 26, 2014, St. Cloud (MN) Times: Increased rates of autism means rise in cost for St. Cloud schools
Jan 26, 2014, Providence (RI) Journal: Top 5 fears about vaccines (and how to ease them)
Jan 25, 2014, WHEC TV: Roundtable discussion focuses on helping families dealing with autism
Jan 25, 2014, Newsday: Autism diagnoses may decrease with new criteria
Jan 24, 2014, Boston Globe: Harvard professor and researcher Christopher McDougle featured in autism documentary
Jan 24, 2014, PBS: Inoculation Ethics
Jan 24, 2014, Jackson (MS) Clarion Ledger: Mississippi Parents for Vaccine Rights Calls for Choice
Jan 23, 2014, Worcester (MA) Telegram: Autistic students affecting Worcester school budget
Jan 23, 2014, Forbes: Big Data Crushes Anti-Vaccination Movement
Jan 23, 2014, Philly.com: New Diagnosis Rules Could Lead to Drop in Autism Numbers
Jan 23, 2014, Fox News: Number of kids with autism may drop under new criteria
Jan 22, 2014, GreaterGoodMovie.org: Vaccinations: The Smoking Gun in Autoimmune Disease and Autism?
Jan 22, 2014, KPIC CBS 4 Roseburg, OR: Children need immunizations by Feb. 19 to stay in school
Jan 22, 2014, San Jose Mercury News: What happens when autistic children become adults
Jan 22, 2014, York (PA) Dispatch: First issue of autism comic book released in York stores
Jan 22, 2014, WPTV Boca Raton, FL: Boca Raton facility provides safety net for adults on autism spectrum
Jan 22, 2014, Philly.com: New Diagnosis Rules Could Lead to Drop in Autism Numbers
Jan 22, 2014, Los Angeles Times: More on the unsavory history of the vaccine-autism 'link'
Jan 21, 2014, AutismDailyNewscast.com: Emma Nicholson talks about her autistic son Ben and how she taught him to swear
Jan 22, 2014, MLive.com: New autism clinic gives parents fresh, closer treatment option in Genesee County
Jan 22, 2014, Courier-Mail (Australia): Men in their 40s more likely to have children with mental disorders as biological clocks are ticking
Jan 21, 2014, Fusion.net: Bill Gates on Developing a Better (and Thinner) Condom
Jan 20, 2014, Journal News Westchester County NY: Autism cause brings out area's best
Jan 20, 2014, Los Angeles Times: The toll of the anti-vaccination movement, in one devastating graphic
Jan 19, 2014, SILive.com: At one Staten Island middle school autistic students are speaking out for themselves
Jan 19, 2014, Scottsbluff (NE) Star Herald: The importance of child vaccines
Jan 18, 2014, Akron (OH) Beacon Journal: Story time for Xavier: New monthly program aimed at kids with disabilities opens at library
Jan 18, 2014, CBS News: Why do some autistic children strongly react to noise?
Jan 17, 2014, TheStir.CafeMom: Still Think Vaccines Cause Autism? Watch This (VIDEO)
Jan 15, San Jose Mercury News: Conference on autistic teens transitioning into adulthood set for Feb. 27
Jan 15, 2014, Calgary Sun (Canada) Costs of caring for autistic children crippling for families, says University of Calgary think tank
Jan 15, 2014, GlobalNews.ca: Families dealing with autism face heavy financial burden
Jan 14, 2014, OregonLive.com: Drs. Oz and Roizen: Don't stop taking your multivitamin
Jan 14, 2014, CBS: Speech out of sync for many kids with autism, study finds
Jan 14, 2014, CNN: Vision, sound don't sync for some kids with autism, study suggests
Jan 12, 2014, Sioux City (IA) Journal: LETTER: Physician writes in support of vaccinations for children
Jan 11, 2014, Durham (NC) News Observer: Geri Dawson has devoted a career to autism treatment and research
Jan 11, 2014, TIME Magazine: Autism and alternative medicine: getting real about the benefits and risks
Jan 10, 2014, KIMA-TV Yakima, WA: Funding options for children with autism
Jan 10, 2014, WTAJ-TV Altoona, PA: MRI's, Special Glasses Used to Study Autism
Jan 10, 2014, Medford OR Mail Tribune: Vaccination law 'is really unfair'
Jan 10, 2014, Fox 13, Salt Lake City: Officials break ground on school for those with autism spectrum disorders
Jan 10, 2014, Syracuse Post Standard: Cuomo signs law that will pave the way for health insurance coverage of autism treatment
By Anne Dachel
Jan 10, 2014, Our View: Anti-vaccination Freeloaders Endanger Us All
Idaho ranks second-to-last in the nation for vaccination levels among its kindergarteners, behind Oregon. Less than 60 percent of Idaho's 2-year-olds are vaccinated, reports the Annie E. Casey Foundation, 11 percentage points below the national average.
It's a cultural epidemic in the American West - Alaska, Washington state, Colorado and Arizona also top the list. It's a trend founded not in science but in fear.
Six percent of Idaho's youngest public school students haven't been through the standard vaccination regime before entering school, says the U.S. Centers for Disease Control. Just 52 percent of incoming students in Filer's district have been inoculated. . .
What do you anticipate will be the most important clinical development in autism in 2014? We asked four specialists from around the country for their views: Susan L. Hyman, MD, of the University of Rochester, Robin L. Hansen, MD, of the University of California Davis, Max Wiznitzer, MD, of UH Rainbow Babies and Children's Hospital, and Joseph Piven, MD, of the University of North Carolina. Their answers touched on gene-environment interactions in early life, technologies for diagnosis and treatment, and the importance of lifelong attention to patients' needs.
Top experts make predictions about what the medical community will do about autism in 2014.
Dr. Hyman: "There's so much exciting neuro-biological research going on. We know so much more about how the brain works. . . but what's going to make a difference in 2014 is the evidence that we have for rolling up your sleeves and doing the hard work of evidence-based intervention that involves early screening, early diagnosis, and intense treatment that's generalized to the home. We also know from neuro-biologic research that treatment continues to be effective throughout the lifespan. So continuing intervention through adulthood is incredibly important. There is no magic. It's rolling up your sleeves and doing the hard work and that's going to be helped by the autism insurance legislation that's state by state working its way across the country. . . . "
Jan 6, 2014, Australia Network News: Researchers implement program in China that allows for early detection of autism
Jan 5, 2014, Pittsburgh Post Gazette: Encountering autism: Goal of DVD is to sensitize police to those with disorder
Jan 4, 2014, Sioux City (IA) Journal: Vaccination exemptions on the rise in Woodbury County
Jan 4, 2014, Us Magazine: Jenny McCarthy Slams Rumor That Her Son Doesn't Have Autism
Jan 4, 2014, Denver Post: A right to recognize the risks of vaccines
Jan 3, 2014, Columbus (OH) Dispatch: One dead after police shooting at home for disabled
Jan 3, 2014, Livingston Daily (Howell, MI): Severe H1N1 flu cases reported at Michigan hospitals; doctors urge people to get vaccine
Morgan Autism Center is hosting a "coffee klatch" on Jan. 10 that will look at "Adult Housing and Lifespan Care Solutions Initiative."
Scott Badesch, president of the Autism Society of America, will be on hand for the informal discussion about the adult housing and services shortage crisis in California and across the United Sates.
On Dec 19, 2013, The Atlantic published the story, Living Sick and Dying Young in Rich America--Chronic illness is the new first-world problem, by Leah Sottile. It wasn’t about autism specifically, but everything about it related to what the autism epidemic is doing to our kids.
The writer started by telling us about her husband, Joe Preston, 30, and his struggle with having Ankylosing Spondylitis, a serious inflammatory condition. From there she expanded into the broader picture. “But here’s the thing: We recently realized we weren’t alone. Almost all of our friends are sick, too. When we met our friend Missy Narrance, Joe found solace in talking to her about his health. She’s 29 and has been battling lupus and fibromyalgia for the past 10 years.”
Sottile asked the question, “Do we know so many people who are dealing with pain because people are just getting sicker in general?” And, as she discovered, the answer is, YES, THEY ARE. Chronically ill people, like her husband are “one of America’s biggest health emergencies. And it’s one that many people say we’re not prepared to deal with.” (That last line reminded me of what we often say about the impact of autism.)
Sottile cited a grim statistic from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: “Almost half of American adults had at least one chronic condition in 2005.” I’m sure that number has only gotten worse in the last nine years. We’re talking about everything from autoimmune diseases like arthritis and lupus, to obesity, fibromyalgia, heart disease, and diabetes. Incredibly, one in five Americans now has arthritis, according to the CDC and the numbers are increasing. Officials project that today’s 46 million arthritis suffers will be 67 million by 2030. (No wonder we’re seeing all those Humira ads on TV.)
If this situation isn’t bad enough, Sottile went on to tell us, “It’s not just that Americans are getting sicker—it’s that young Americans are getting sicker. A 2013 report by the National Research Council and Institute of Medicine echoes the shock of that fact. ‘The panel was struck by the gravity of its findings,’ it reads. ‘For many years, Americans have been dying at younger ages than people in almost all other high income countries.’”
The story noted that the state of America’s health was the subject of a US Senate hearing last month. At the hearing, as shown on the video link, Senator Bernie Sanders stated, “When we found that female mortality rose in 43 percent of US counties between 1992 and 2006 that is a profound reality that has got to be dealt with right here in the nation’s capital, Washington DC.” The hearing strongly linked Americans' poor health to poverty.
The bleak reality that America is now the land of the chronically ill and disabled can no longer be denied and it doesn’t involve just poor people. Sottile pointed out, “Women are less likely to live to age 50 if they’re born in the United States than other high income countries.”
Sottile quoted Dr. Steven Woolf, director of the Center on Society and Health at Virginia Commonwealth University, who helped prepare the NAC/IOM report:
‘We analyzed the data by a variety of social classes and have found that the problem is pervasive. Rich Americans die earlier than rich people in other countries. College-educated people die earlier than college-educated people in other countries. It’s misguided for people who are better off and doing well to think that this is someone else’s problem.
‘It’s very concerning. We are living shorter lives than people in other countries. We’re sicker than people in other countries.’
Sick Americans also affect our economy. Experts are worried that sicker workers mean less production.
Dec 29, 2013, Marin (CA) Independent Journal: Dr. Dustin Ballard: Don't blame it on the shots
Dec 28, 2013, Chicago Tribune: Marklund Announces Plan to Expand Autism School
Dec 28, 2013, Kansas City (MO) Star: As the first KC baby of 1974 grew, so did knowledge about autism
Dec 27, 2013, Kokomo (IN) Perspective: Mental health: It's all about the money
Dec 27, 2013, Columbia Missourian: Family battles autism as research continues to look for its cause - and a cure
Dec 26, 2013, Ventura County(CA) Star: Health officials worry about immunization loophole [Poll]
Dec 20, 2013 PennLive.com: Fired: pregnant nurse studies flu vaccine fine print, decides it's too risky
By Anne Dachel
Read Anne's commentary after the jump.
Dec 24, 2013, UK Daily Mail: Drug maker investigated by Chinese authorities following the deaths of several babies that had received hepatitis B vaccine
Dec 24, 2013, Medical News Today: Infections diagnosed in hospital and autism risk
Dec 23, 2013, Journal-News Martinsburg, WV: Jefferson County Schools, Grafton center team up to help autistic kids
Dec 22, 2013, Fox 13 Salt Lake City: Local business raises thousands of dollars for autistic students
Dec 23, 2013, Los Angeles Times: Autistic activists out to change assumptions about disorder
Dec 21, 2013, Huffington: Americans Have Little Faith In Scientists, Science Journalists: Poll
Dec 18, 2013, UC Davis: MIND Institute research named a Top 10 Scientific Advance for 2013 by Autism Speaks
Dec 18, 2013, Naperville (IL) Sun Times: Naperville student part of autism research at Arizona State
Dec 18, 2013, Chicago Tribune: Antidepressants taken in pregnancy don't cause autism
Dec 18, 2013, La Crosse (WI) Tribune: Dr. Zorba Paster: New study offers hope for autism intervention
Managing Editor's Note: Susan Boyle may indeed have professionally diagnosed Asperger's (does the AS diagnosis still exist in the UK?) We do not diagnose or un-diagnose at AofA. I remember thinking she had a very difficult life and hoping the program brough her success. However, if you watch her first performance on BGT below, you see eye contact, humor, full facial expression and a charming sense of humor and sass. Not to mention the angelic voice. I'm trying to think if she reminds me more of my Mia, Gianna or Bella..... Ahem.
By Anne Dachel
The story, Susan Boyle is part of autism's 'invisible generation, was put out by the BBC News on Dec 9, 2013.
Scottish singer Susan Boyle been diagnosed with Asperger Syndrome, a form of autism. She is one of thousands of people who have the condition but were not diagnosed earlier in life.
The National Autistic Society (NAS) Scotland recently warned that there is an "invisible generation" of older people with autism.
The charity said there was still a tendency to associate the condition with children but it estimated that one in five people with autism were over 60.
Until a generation ago, the condition was often misunderstood and misdiagnosed.
Susan Boyle, who is 52, is typical of many, having spent years believing she suffered slight brain damage at birth.
Robert MacBean, from the National Autistic Society Scotland, said a "good diagnosis experience" was very important, regardless of a person's age. . . .
Oh, so there are autistic adults but they're "invisible." We just haven't found them yet.
In Sept, actress Daryl Hannah (also 52) announced that she has autism.
Daryl Hannah and Susan Boyle are both being promoted as proof that autism is nothing new. They're both 52 and they have Asperger's/high functioning autism.
I said this is not proof of no real increase in the comments in this recent TIME article and was promptly attacked for being anti-vaccine.