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Demand Soars For Special Education Boarding Schools

Posted: 04/09/14 11:56

Increasing autism rates and rising mental health issues among children are causing a spike in the number of public school students attending residential treatment centers, boarding schools that combine education with intense therapy. Many parents say these schools have performed wonders for their children, helping them back from the brink of dysfunction, despair, even suicide. But the high cost and soaring need have prompted some experts to warn that the service could be...

Mom Aims To Make Advertising More Inclusive

Posted: 04/02/14 18:07

Katie Driscoll never wanted anyone's pity. And so, when her daughter, Grace, was born with Down syndrome Driscoll picked up a camera. She wanted to show the world what she saw when she looked at her daughter. Day by day, taking photos of Grace turned into taking photos of other children with disabilities. There were kids with cerebral palsy. And kids with dwarfism. As Driscoll looked through the lens of her camera, she couldn't help but think that these...

Kids' Sleep, Ear Troubles May Point To Autism

Posted: 03/26/14 18:36

Frequent ear infections and waking up multiple times per night are among a growing list of potential early signs of autism, new research suggests. Kids who were later diagnosed with the developmental disorder were more likely to have trouble sleeping at 9-months-old, according to findings <span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: 'Times New Roman', Times; font-size: 12pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; letter-spacing:...

How Dumbo and Pluto Helped Boy Emerge From Autism

Posted: 03/19/14 15:27

ver time, Owen became lost in a library of animated Disney movies, rewinding and replaying them, and his parents, journalists Ron and Cornelia Suskind, worried about their son being sucked into the social isolation of the television. "They vanish in front of you," Owen's father, <span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: 'Times New Roman', Times; font-size: 12pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; letter-spacing:...

Younger Siblings of Kids With Autism May Show Early Signs of Problems

Posted: 03/12/14 18:42

Younger siblings of children with autism may show signs of abnormal development or behavior as early as 1 year of age, according to a new study. The findings suggest that parents and doctors should keep close watch for such symptoms at an early age among younger siblings of children with autism so problems can be addressed sooner, the researchers said. The new study included nearly 300 infant siblings of children with autism and 116 infant siblings of...

Teen With Down Syndrome To Play For Harlem Globetrotters

Posted: 03/05/14 17:32

Fresh off a stint with the Philadelphia 76ers, a teen with Down syndrome is being tapped to play with the famed Harlem Globetrotters. Kevin Grow, 18, will appear in a March 9 game with the Globetrotters at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia. The teen and his dad will be seated on the team bench and Grow will take to the court as a 3-point specialist during the fourth quarter, the Globetrotters said. Grow came to national prominence when a video of...

The Nose Knows in Asthma: Nasal Tissue Samples May Advance Personalized Medicine for Asthma

Posted: 02/26/14 17:45

It has become increasingly clear in recent years that asthma comes in several variations, with different causes, different pathologies and different responses to therapy. These subtypes of asthma can be identified by knowing which genes are expressed at higher and lower levels in patients' airways. That information can, in turn, help guide personalized treatment to more effectively manage asthma and inspire research to better understand, manage and possibly prevent...

Autism Costs Average $17,000 Yearly for Each Child, Study Finds

Posted: 02/19/14 17:21

The cost of services for children with autism averages more than $17,000 per child each year -- with school systems footing much of the bill, a new U.S. study estimates. Researchers found that compared to kids without autism, those with the disorder had higher costs for doctor visits and prescriptions -- an extra $3,000 a year, on average. But the biggest expenses were outside the medical realm. "Non-health care" services averaged $14,000 per...

Violent Video Games Delay Development of Moral Judgment in Teens

Posted: 02/12/14 16:54

Mirjana Bajovic of Brock University set out to discover whether there was a link between the types of video games teens played, how long they played them, and the teens' levels of moral reasoning: their ability to take the perspective of others into account. She quizzed a group of eighth-graders (aged 13-14) about their playing habits and patterns, as well as determined their stage of moral reasoning using an established scale of one to...

Feds To Fund Tracking Devices For Kids With Autism

Posted: 02/06/14 11:31

The Justice Department will make funding available immediately to provide free electronic tracking devices for kids with autism who are at risk of wandering. U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder said Wednesday that his department has existing grant money that can be used for the technology. Police departments nationwide can begin applying for funding immediately, Holder said. Local law enforcement would then use the money to pay for tracking devices to distribute to families who...

Vitamin D May Slow Multiple Sclerosis, Study Suggests

Posted: 01/29/14 13:42

Vitamin D may slow the progression of multiple sclerosis (MS) and also reduce harmful brain activity, a new study suggests. Correcting vitamin D deficiency early in the course of the disease is important, according to the report, published online Jan. 20 in JAMA NeurologyBut some experts say it's too soon to recommend giving vitamin D supplements to people with the central nervous system...

Could Ecstasy Help People With Anxiety, PTSD?

Posted: 01/22/14 16:50

Researchers say they've discovered how the club drug Ecstasy acts on the brain, and their findings suggest the drug might be useful in treating anxiety and post-traumatic stress disorder. The study included 25 volunteers who underwent two functional MRI brain scans -- one after taking Ecstasy (MDMA) and one after taking a placebo. Both times, the participants did not know which substance they had been given. Ecstasy decreased activity in the brain's...

Ear Tubes May Not Have Long-Term Benefits for Kids With Ear Infections

Posted: 01/15/14 17:48

Ear tubes can improve hearing over the short term in children with a certain type of ear infection. But they don't help children's hearing, speech or language over the long term, according to a new review. Dr. Michael Steiner and colleagues at the University of North Carolina reviewed the findings of 41 studies that assessed the effects of implanting ear tubes in children with what doctors call recurrent or chronic otitis media with effusion. In this condition, there is...

Is Homework for the Benefit of Students or Teachers?

Posted: 01/08/14 17:04

The issue of overloading students with homework once again is drawing media attention with a piece by Washington Post columnist Jay Matthews. The crux of it? Concern that some teachers may pile on homework for the wrong reasons, and not because of any real value it might provide students. Matthews quotes several teachers, plus a student. He starts with a plea from high school junior Maddy King: "If you could talk to the teaching staff as a whole-let them...

Eating More Nuts During Pregnancy Might Help Prevent Allergies in Kids

Posted: 01/02/14 14:25

Women who eat nuts during pregnancy -- and who aren't allergic themselves -- are less likely to have kids with nut allergies, a new study suggests. Dr. Michael Young, an associate clinical professor of pediatrics at Harvard Medical School, and colleagues collected data on more than 8,200 children of mothers who took part in the Nurses' Health Study II. The women had reported what they ate before, during and after their pregnancies. About 300 of the...

Bad Night's Sleep May Raise Blood Pressure in Kids

Posted: 12/23/13 10:47

Kids who don't get enough sleep at night may experience a slight spike in their blood pressure the next day even if they are not overweight or obese, a new study suggests. The research included 143 kids aged 10 to 18 who spent one night in a sleep lab for observation. They also wore a 24-hour blood pressure monitor and kept a seven-day sleep diary. The participants were all normal weight. None had significant sleep apnea -- a condition characterized by...


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