Autism in the News – Friday, 04.30.10
Grandparents Play Vital Role for Autistic Children (HealthDay News)
Children with autism often have more than just their parents in their corner, with a new survey showing that many grandparents also play a key role in the lives of kids with the developmental disorder. Read more.
Geraldine Dawson, Ph.D. of Autism Speaks appointed to NIH Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee (Physorg.com)
Autism Speaks, the nation’s leading autism science and advocacy organization, is pleased to announce the appointment of Geraldine Dawson, Ph.D., its chief science officer, as a public member of the NIH Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee (IACC). Dr. Dawson was appointed to the IACC by Secretary of Health and Human Services, Kathleen Sebelius. The IACC was established in accordance with the Combating Autism Act of 2006 to provide advice to the Secretary of Health and Human Services regarding federal research activities related to autism spectrum disorder (ASD), to facilitate the exchange of information on and coordination of autism spectrum disorder activities among federal agencies and organizations, and to increase public understanding of the federal government’s’ activities, programs, policies, and research by providing a public forum for discussions related to ASD research and services. It is chaired by Thomas Insel, M.D., director, National Institute of Mental Health. Read more.
Promise Seen in Drug for Retardation Syndrome (NYT.com)
An experimental drug succeeded in a small clinical trial in bringing about what the researchers called substantial improvements in the behaviors associated with retardation and autism in people with fragile X syndrome, the most common inherited cause of these mental disabilities. Read more.
Advocates fear unfair link of Asperger’s, aggression (Boston.com)
Robin Lurie-Meyerkopf remembers watching television coverage of the John Odgren trial that showed the teenager’s father talking about his son’s years-long fascination with violence and struggle with Asperger’s syndrome, a disorder that often left him the victim of bullying and teasing. Read more.
Teen convicted of Mass. school stabbing gets life (Woburn, Mass.)
The lawyer for a teenager convicted of first-degree murder for stabbing another student to death at their suburban Boston high school asked a judge Friday to strike down the state law that requires a life sentence without parole for his client, who was 16 at the time of the killing. Read more.
White Castle Celebrates National Hamburger Month With the Launch of a Slyder(R)-Scented Candle, Special Guest Employees and Craveable Swag for Celebrity Fans (Columbus, Ohio)
During the month of May, America’s first fast-food hamburger chain will pay homage to the hamburger with online promotions, the launch of a Slyder®-scented candle benefiting Autism, the recruitment of elected officials to work behind the grill and the delivery of “Sealed With A Crave” (S.W.A.C.) gift cases to its biggest celebrity fans. Read more.
‘Cuddle hormone’ makes men more empathetic (BBC News)
A nasal spray can make men more in tune with other people’s feelings, say a team of German and UK researchers. Read more.