Autism in the News – Friday, 04.09.10
Autism sufferers face ‘black hole’ (Australia)
Queensland autism sufferers face a “black hole” of depression and unemployment when they finish their school studies because transitional services are inadequate, a support group says. Read more.
Dead hotel kid ‘medically abused’ by mom: DA (New York, N.Y.)
Prosecutors are investigating whether millionaire pharmaceutical exec Gigi Jordan “medically abused” her son for years before allegedly feeding him a fatal dose of prescription drugs at the Peninsula Hotel in February. Read more.
Woodbridge families raising autistic children find they fit in (Woodbridge, N.J.)
Eryn Delgado is a precocious 13-year-old who doesn’t like to repeat herself… so listen up. Read more.
New study of autism reveals a ‘DNA tag’ (methylation) amenable to treatment (EurekAlert)
A new discovery raises hope that autism may be more easily diagnosed and that its effects may be more reversible than previously thought. In a new study appearing online in The FASEB Journal (http://www.fasebj.org), scientists have identified a way to detect the disorder using blood and have discovered that drugs which affect the methylation state (“DNA tagging”) of genes could reverse autism’s effects. This type of drug is already being used in some cancer treatments. Read more.
Study: Social influence playing role in surging autism diagnoses (EurekAlert)
Social influence plays a substantial role in the surging number of autism diagnoses, according to a study published in the American Journal of Sociology. Read more.
Autistic teens, youngsters thrive in Duval mentoring program (Duval, Fla.)
Amanda Koehler waited patiently as the preschooler jumped in and out of her seat at the arts-and-crafts table. Read more.
Harris to remain in jail awaiting possible placement in group home (Marion, Va.)
By the time former mental health patient Vincent Harris was arrested, Smyth County Sheriff’s deputies had fielded 103 calls to 911 from his home since January 2009. Read more.
Children’s Health Council seeks participants for autism study (Palo Alto, Calif.)
April is National Autism Awareness Month, but for families with children with autism disorder it’s a year-round reality. Read more.
Autistic Man Denied Medical Care (Oklahoma City, Okla.)
A metro man is behind bars tonight accused of assaulting a police officer. Stephen Puckett, 28, suffers from autism as well as chronic seizures. After suffering seizures at home over the weekend, emergency crews transported Puckett to a local hospital. However, because of his autistic condition the hospital refused admission. Read more.
Caldwell College autism program receives $1M federal funding to build center (Essex County, N.J.)
When one of Jenny Bar-Yaacov’s 10-year-old twins darted into the middle of traffic on a street not far from her Maplewood home, no one had to tell her that her child’s autism was to blame. Read more.