Autism in the News – 03.01.11
Fraternity brothers mentor autistic teenagers (Rutgers, N.J.)
Teenagers with autism have the chance to build positive relationships and experience brotherly bonds with Theta Delta Chi fraternity’s Bros UniteD. Read more.
Gene Variants in Autism Linked to Brain Development (Philadelphia, Penn.)
New research on the genomics of autism confirms that the genetic roots of the disorder are highly complicated, but that common biological themes underlie this complexity. In the current study, researchers have implicated several new candidate genes and genomic variants as contributors to autism, and conclude that many more remain to be discovered. While the gene alterations are individually very rare, they mostly appear to disrupt genes that play important functional roles in brain development and nerve signaling. Read more.
Freedom to choose leisure activities benefits people with autism (University Park, Penn.)
Free time is not always a fun time for people with autism. Giving them the power to choose their own leisure activities during free time, however, can boost their enjoyment, as well as improve communication and social skills, according to an international team of researchers. Read more.
California Acupuncture gets Health Insurance Coverage (HealthCare Medicine Institute)
A bill to require California based health insurance policies to provide acupuncture coverage has been introduced into the California State Assembly by Assemblyman Mike Eng. The bill includes all healthcare insurance policies, including disability insurance policies, with the exception of HMOs (Health Maintenance Organization) and those that are “specialized health care service plan contracts.” If signed into law, the bill will take effect on January 1, 2012. Read more.
Respite care service in Liverpool set to close (UK)
A secure care service for children with autism and severe learning difficulties in Liverpool is set to close, blaming a cut in funding from the council. Read more.