March 29, 2012

1 in 88 Kids

1 US Autism Rates Soar

Autism rates in the US are soaring. New figures from the Centers for Disease Control indicate that 1 in 88 children is diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder, a 23% increase compared to 2 years ago. Among boys, it’s 1 in 54. While autism is more common in boys than girls with higher rates for white children than for black and Hispanic children, the new study indicates that the largest increase of autism spectrum disorder diagnoses came from the Hispanic community. The study also showed that children are being diagnosed earlier, many by age 3. Early diagnosis has been found to make a tremendous difference in children with autism. The reason for the soaring statistics? "Better diagnosis, broader diagnosis, better awareness, and roughly 50% of 'We don't know,'" says one expert.

More at Www.Boston.com | Hat tip to CNN.com | Posted 6 years ago by Melody Lesser

Previously: Brain Scan Shows Autism at Six Months

Tags: Autism, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Centers for Disease Control, Autism Rates

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Persian Yogurt Drink Is Winning

2 Doogh May Lower Heart Disease in Diabetics

Drinking vitamin D-fortified doogh, a Persian yogurt drink, each day may lower risk of heart disease for type 2 diabetics, find researchers in Iran. Doogh improves inflammatory markers in type 2 diabetics, plus the extra calcium adds further anti-inflammatory benefits, notes the study to be published in Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism. Researchers say that the vitamin D-fortified drink decreased highly sensitive C-reactive protein, which has a role in inflammation."Our study showed for the first time that adiponectin, a substance secreted by fat tissue that has an anti-inflammatory effect, increased when calcium and vitamin D-fortified doogh was consumed," says lead author Tirang Neyestani, PhD.

More at Eurekalert | Posted 6 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: Lack of Sleep Can Hinder Body's Insulin Use, More Bran Leads to Longer Life for Diabetics

Tags: Fortified Yogurt Drinks, Preventing Heart Disease, Lowering Risk Heart Disease Diabetics, Doogh Health Benefits

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Public Health Emergency

3 Autism Speaks Asks Nation's Leaders to Act

The leading autism science and advocacy organization, Autism Speaks, is calling on the nation's leaders to develop a coordinated strategy to fight the autism epidemic, which they call a national public health emergency. Autism Speaks cites the new CDC report that found autism is diagnosed in one in every 88 Americans, which is a 1,000 percent increase over the past 40 years. Advocates believe the increase is only partly explained by improved diagnosis. Since early diagnosis and treatment are critical, the advocacy organization believes that the government should step up its commitment to assist those living with the disorder. The term "autism" includes a complex group of developmental brain disorders, or autism spectrum disorders, that are caused by environmental influences and genes.

More at Autism Speaks | Hat tip to EurekAlert | Posted 6 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: Brain Scans Show Autism at 6 Months

Tags: Autism Rates, Autism Speaks, National Strategy Autism, Mark Roithmayr, National Training Corps Autism, New Autism Research, Cause Autism Spectrum Disorders, Developmental Brain Disorders

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Hello, Bon Jour, Hola

4 Bilingualism May Delay Dementia Symptoms

The brain's need to monitor two languages to choose the appropriate one activates brain regions important for cognitive control and general attention, and may help protect against the symptoms of dementia. Researchers, publishing in Trends in Cognitive Sciences, used neuroimaging and behavioral methods to look at the cognitive effects of speaking more than one language in adults. They found that processing two languages could reconfigure and strengthen cognitive control networks in the brain, possibly enhancing the ability to process information efficiently. Researchers also suggest that bilingualism improves cognitive reserve (the protective effect of stimulating activity on cognitive functioning in aging), which may postpone the onset of symptoms of dementia.

More at Eurekalert | Posted 6 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: Younger Americans Suffer from Dementia

Tags: Dementia Symptoms, Stopping Dementia, Protecting Against Dementia, Avoiding Dementia, Benefits Bilingualism, Reasons Speak Second Language, Trends in Cognitive Sciences

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