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Archive for February, 2013

Autism and Nutrition

By Nadia Shanab | Uncategorized

Parents claim that a casein (milk protein)-free gluten (wheat protein)-free diet helped improved their children’s autistic behavior. On the other hand, researchers are concerned that this diet may increase the challenge of ensuring adequate nutrition. Calcium is crucial for building strong bones, protein is important for growth and mental development. Read more about nutirition-related information

Causes of Autism: Genetic vs. Environmental

By Nadia Shanab | Uncategorized

February 6, 2013 Can autism be prevented? According to Dr. Robert Melillo, co-founder of the Brain Balance Achievement Centers, the epidemic increase in the number of people diagnosed with autism can not be explained based on genetic reasons only. He said that it would take genes much longer to create such an increase in numbers.

Be Careful with Labels

By Nadia Shanab | Uncategorized

When we try to classify individuals with autism on the spectrum, we usually refer to two major categories: HF, high-functioning and LF, low-functioning. Ironically, it was decided to use the word spectrum or continuum to include the whole range of autistic people. If you consider the Bell Diagram/Graph/Curve that describes the natural distribution of any

New Drugs, Fresh Hope for Autism Patients

By Nadia Shanab | Uncategorized

Read the Special Report here: www.reuters.com/article/2012/05/31/us-usa-autism-drugs-idUSBRE84U0II20120531 Several researches and drugs already started showing progress and improvement in autism signs. There is always hope. nadia shanab

Future Blood Test for Accurate Diagnosis

By Nadia Shanab | Uncategorized

Test Detects: Panel of Proteins “Researchers found 55 genes that produce factors that differ in autistic people from nonautistic; that trial detected autism with 70% accuracy.” In the near future a blood test will allow a more accurate and cheaper way to diagnose autism. Source: Time magazine, February 11, 2013, Page 18, Health and Science nadia

What Are Students with Autism Favorite Majors?

By Nadia Shanab | Uncategorized

A study published by the Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders found that students with ASD are interested in enrolling in the following majors: STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math). Likewise, the director of the Autism Research Center in the University of Cambridge U.K. said: “It may be that people with autism naturally think like

The Good Thing about Autism

By Nadia Shanab | Uncategorized

Unlike “regular”, off-the-spectrum people, students with autism in high school know very well what they want to do after they leave high school. Whether it’s doing further studies or finding a certain kind of job, the picture is clear in their mind. Since everybody on the spectrum got at least a strength in one area

Innovative, High Quality Autism Programs

By Nadia Shanab | Uncategorized

Six organizations in U.S. recognized for innovative, high quality autism programs. Find out about the great programs helping individuals with autism to move on with their life in their adulthood. They provide guidance about education, employment, performing arts, community life… www.autismspeaks.org/about-us/press-releases/six-organizations-us-recognized-innovative-high-quality-autism-programs Reference: Autism Speaks nadia shanab

Genes & Autism Disorders

By Nadia Shanab | Uncategorized

The 57 th Annual Meeting of the Biophysical Society (BPS), held Feb 2-6, in Philadelphia, Pa will present new work to examine which genes are responsible for autism disorders. “Autism is the most inheritable of neurodevelopmental disorders,” according to Rajini Rao of Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Md. Reference: www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/02/130201095929.htm