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Autism in the News – Friday, 05.28.10

Gay Tompkins Honored By Thompson Foundation For Autism (St. Louis, Mo.)
The Thompson Foundation for Autism recognized former Affton School District superintendent and autism advocate Gay Tompkins with the Foundation’s Distinguished Service Award. Read more.

Immune System Troubles Could Spark Behavior Woes (HealthDay News)
In the first scientific illustration of exactly how some psychiatric illnesses might be linked to an immune system gone awry, researchers report they cured mice of an obsessive-compulsive condition known as “hair-pulling disorder” by tweaking the rodents’ immune systems. Read more.

New Equipment Helps Law Enforcement Locate Missing People (Panama, Fla.)
The Panama City Police Department has purchased Project Lifesaver equipment using grant money. The set of equipment can track anyone who is a participant in the program if they are wearing the transmitter. Read more.

Compulsive behaviour in mice cured by bone marrow transplant (Science Centric)
Scientists earlier found that mice missing one of a group of core developmental genes known as the Hox genes developed an odd and rather unexpected pathology: the mutant animals groomed themselves compulsively to the point that they were removing their own hair and leaving self-inflicted open sores on their skin. Now, they’ve found a surprising connection between the Hoxb8 gene and the behaviour that looks an awful lot like that of people with an obsessive compulsive spectrum disorder (OCD). Read more.

Longtime PSD volunteer preps for new activities (Colo.)
During the past 15 years, Don Fronk filled his days watching preschool-aged children rub peanut butter on his sleeves and helping them get over their fears. Read more.

Seniors look ahead — and behind (Richmond, Ind.)
As high school graduation season begins this week in the Richmond area, Susan Golliher is savoring the time she has left with her three boys before they embark on the next chapter of their lives. Read more.

  1. May 29, 2010 at 6:32 am | #1

    i have a 16 yr old daughter, that is autistic. when i was told she was autistic she was about 4 the drs. said she probably would never make eye contact, never speek to us, feed herself. A year later when the dr check her he was amazed, he said to me never tell a mother never. I love those words! I believe these kids are in there and its just we have to find a way for them to feel safe, and find a way to help them express themselfs. My daughter is so wonderfull. She talks to us and tells us about her day. She doesnt read very well yet. She is very loving! She looks you in the eyes. She still has things that upset her. But she has came a long way and we are very proud of her, and i feel like she still has alot more to show us. the sky is the limit on how far she wants to go. I will never give up on her!! A very loving family!! with a very wonderfull daughter!!

  2. Rhonda
    June 1, 2010 at 11:06 am | #2

    I have a 6 yr old son with Autism, I have no problems vaccinating the only problem I do have is with the MMR I would like to give this shot to my son but Im not until they separate the 3 so what are others doing that feel the same way I do and is it possible that the 3 can be separated?

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