The Ingenious Mind of John E. Robison

Last week, the Science Channel (a division of Discovery) aired an episode of "Ingenious Minds" and took a closer look at the life and mind of John E. Robison. The show gave a fascinating glimpse into Robison’s trials and triumphs growing up with both Savant Syndrome and Asperger’s Syndrome. At the age of 16, Robison [...]

Shocking Study Links Brain Erosion to Antipsychotics

This month, a shocking claim was made by the former chief of the American Journal of Psychiatry, Nancy Andreasen, when she published her findings that antipsychotic drugs, such as Risperadone, actually shrink the brain over time. Ms. Andreasen began a long-running study in 1991 on schizophrenia patients taking antipsychotics, periodically measuring their brain volumes with [...]

Autism and the Diet Connection

The University of Rochester Medical School recently published a report entitled, ¨Popular Autism Diet Does Not Demonstrate Behavioral Improvement." The small, tightly controlled study on the effects of a gluten-free, casein-free (GFCF) diet found that it made no appreciable difference in the behavior, sleeping, or digestive habits of twenty-two children aged two-and-a-half to five-years-old. Results [...]

The Autism Medication Maze

Parents of children with autism will invariably face difficult decisions regarding their children’s best course of treatment. Among the most agonizing of these, is the decision to use prescription drugs to treat their condition. Against the backdrop of spiraling cases of autism, anti-psychotic medications, once reserved for schizophrenia and other major mental illnesses, are being [...]

Coping With Sensory Overload

If you have an a child with autism, you will invariably at some point hear the term, ¨Sensory Processing Disorder¨ (SPD).  ¨The Out of Sync Child¨ by Carol Kranowitz, is one of many greats books on the subject and comprehensively addresses this condition, which can many times be debilitating for both parents and children, disrupting [...]

The Real Cause of Autism

Disclaimer.  This is a theory and involves a culmination of extensive research, consultations, personal experience and logic. I urge everyone to do their own homework so that another Dr. Wakefield incident is not replicated. Globally, autism is on the rise and has been since the 1960′s. Granted, the newest screening techniques and awareness have made [...]

Wakefield Case Prematurely Shuts Door on Autism-Vaccine Debate

After investigative reporter Brian Deer found that Andrew Wakefield falsified a study linking autism to the Measles Mumps and Rubella (MMR) vaccine, stories have inundated the newswires on a daily basis with headlines such as, "Autism/vaccine link: Another nail in the coffin," "New finding disproves link between vaccines and autism," and "Busting the autism/vaccine myth." [...]

Autism and Seizures: Are They Connected?

There has always been a strong association between autism and seizures.  In fact, it is estimated that 25% of those diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder will suffer at least one seizure before the onset of puberty.  Additionally, according to the medical article entitled “Autism and epilepsy: Cause, consequence, comorbidity, or coincidence,” epilepsy will be [...]

 
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  • * In 1970, Autism affected 1 out of 10,000 children
  • * Autism now affects 1 out of 88 children
  • * Autism affects 1 in 54 boys
  • * 1.7 million Americans have some form of autism
  • * 4 out of 5 autistic children are boys

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