August 14, 2013

Also Low Thyroid Levels

1 Induced or Sped-Up Births Linked to Autism

A study of over 4,000 Dutch mothers has found that women with very low levels of the thyroid hormone thyroxine are four times as likely to have an autistic child. A second study, of 625,000 U.S. births, determined that women who have their labor induced are 13 percent more likely to bear an autistic child, while those whose labor is speeded up artificially are 16 percent more likely. But doctors note that labor is induced to reduce stress to the baby, and that distressed babies are significantly more prone to autism, at 27 percent, than those born from induced labor. Prior studies have found higher autism rates for babies born to older parents, born less than a year after an older sibling, or born to women who are diabetic, obese, have high blood pressure or low folic acid levels.

More at Usatoday.com | Posted 4 years ago by Robert S. Wieder

Previously: 1 in 110 Kids Have Autism Says CDC

Tags: Autism, Causes of Autism, Pregnancy and Autism, Thyroid and Autism, Induced Labor and Autism

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Earliest Detection

2 New Biomarker Found for Alzheimer’s Disease

Researchers at the CSIC Institute of Biomedical Research of Barcelona have identified a new biomarker for Alzheimer’s that could detect the disease years before the onset of symptoms. Researchers say the biomarker, a decrease in the content of mitochondrial DNA, is present in cerebral spinal fluid at least a decade before symptoms appear. With this study, researchers not only identified the biomarker but were able to quantify it as well and hope that other studies will confirm their findings. "If our initial findings can be replicated ... the results will change the way we currently think about the causes of Alzheimer's disease," said lead author Dr. Ramon Trullas. "This discovery may enable us to search for more effective treatments that can be administered during the preclinical stage."

More at Eurekalert.org | Posted 4 years ago by Melody Lesser

Previously: Melatonin May Protect Against Alzheimer's

Tags: Alzheimer's Disease, Biomarker for Alzheimer's Disease, CSIC Institute of Biomedical Research of Barcelona, Dr. Ramon Trullas

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Hooters: Respect Women

3 San Diego Mayor Not Welcome at Hooters

Downtown San Diego Hooters chain restaurant has announced that Mayor Bob Filner, 70, isn't welcome. Yes, even Hooters thinks that Filner doesn't respect women. CNN reports that the Hooters location has joined with other San Diego businesses to post signs saying that Filner won't be served. The campaign, led by a local radio talk-show host, encourages businesses to post signs indicating that the mayor will not be served. The signs also read, "We believe women should be treated with respect." Filner has refused to resign his position, despite the growing allegations of his sexual misconduct against women. Filner served 10 terms in Congress before becoming mayor in 2012.

More at CNN | Posted 4 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Tags: Hooters Bans San Diego Mayor, Bob Filner, Mayor Recall San Diego, Hooters Respects Women

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