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.