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New Research on Effectiveness of Seizure Meds for Children with ASD

A new study conducted by researchers at Arizona State University and the University of Texas Houston provides new insights regarding treatment for epileptic seizures and seizure-like brain activity in individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders. It is estimated that 25-35% of all individuals with ASD will eventually experience full-scale seizures. For this reason, this study examined 20 traditional treatments, 25 non-traditional/alternative treatments, and both the effects and side-effects of the treatments to help guide physicians as they treat individuals with ASD and seizure activity.

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Tue, 06/07/2011 - 09:38

Prenatal Vitamins and Autism Risk

In a study scheduled to appear in print in July in the journal Epidemiology regarding Prenatal Vitamins, researchers at the UC Davis MIND Institute found that "mothers who took the vitamins prenatally or during the first month of pregnancy were only half as likely to have a child with autism as those who didn't...The researchers also found strong associations with two gene mutations that had previously been linked to autism risk."

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Wed, 05/25/2011 - 15:57

Study Examines Flame Retardants in 101 Commonly Used Baby Products

A new study, the first of its kind, examining flame retardants in foam samples collected from 101 commonly used baby products yeilded some very unnerving results; eighty samples contained an identifiable flame retardant additive, and all but one of these was either chlorinated or brominated. As such, the authors of the study predict that infants may receive greater exposure to these chemicals than children or adults, at a higher than acceptable daily intake level set by the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC).

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Thu, 05/19/2011 - 08:59

Press Conference Regarding Vaccines & Autism

As a two-year study is published today in the Pace Environmental Law Review documenting more than 80 cases where the federal government has compensated vaccine injured people who also have autism, the authors of the study and families members of injured children will be holding a press conference today in front of the Court of Claims in Washington DC. The Elizabeth Birt Center for Autism Law and Advocacy will stream live video of the press conference today, May 10, 2011, at Noon EST/11am CST: http://www.ustream.tv/channel/ebcala.

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Tue, 05/10/2011 - 10:17

Special Education To The NFL

The story of Lawrence Guy is full of hope, inspiration, and perseverance. His story also includes special education, learning differences, ADHD, dyslexia, dyscalculia, bullying, and frustration. Going from special education to a four year college and now to the NFL has been a dream come true. It was through the determination of Lawrence's father, his brothers, and a young man who refused to accept "No" as a way of life, that opportunities started to open up. When you dream big, work heard, and have people fighting for you, anything is possible.

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Mon, 05/09/2011 - 09:34