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Father of Autistic Twins Speaks Out

Browsing Posts published in March, 2012

Well once again, the CDC has raised the incidence rate for autism.  We’ve gone from 1 out of 110 to 1 out of 88.  Of course, Autism Speaks says this clearly represents an emergency and emergency action needs to be taken.  A few politicians will say some nice things and the rest of the country will ignore this and move onto the latest celebrity gossip or other personal distraction.  It won’t be until the rate drops under 1 out of 50 that they’ll realize the epidemic is at their back door.

I did find this quote (buried near the end of the USA Today factual piece) to be illuminating.  It refers to the smoking gun that later generations will isolate and finally handle while we continue to fiddle:

“While we’re not completely sure of what is driving the rise in autism cases, it is certainly striking enough to warrant exploring in detail the possibility that environmental exposures contribute to this,” said Marc Weisskopf, an epidemiologist and associate professor at the Harvard School of Public Health, who is studying a possible link between air pollution and autism. “There are plenty of other reasons to avoid chemical toxicants, but we can’t yet pinpoint whether one of these is a culprit in this rise.”

http://yourlife.usatoday.com/health/story/2012-03-29/CDC-Autism-is-more-common-than-previously-thought/53856542/1

talk about adding insult to injury.  Not only do you find out you have an autistic child who is going to cost you a fortune over his/her lifetime, but your spouse’s earning potential just went out the window too.  No pressure guys, right?

Reuters Health) – U.S. families with autistic children earn nearly $18,000 less than parents of normally developing kids, according to a new report.

Nice summary of autism in the news by Time Magazine.  That’s the top headline but there are other worthy headlines:

VIDEO: How Ballet Can Help Kids With Autism

Read more: http://healthland.time.com/2012/02/17/brain-imaging-could-detect-autism-risk-in-infants-as-young-as-6-months/?iid=hl-article-editpicks#ixzz1od8zK9g7

MORE: Ending the Autism Epidemic? If the Definition Changes, Will Some Kids Lose Services?

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MORE: New Studies See a Higher Rate of Autism: Is the Jump Real?

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MAGAZINE: Early Decision: Will Advances in Prenatal Testing Lead Babies with Down Syndrome to Disappear?

Read more: http://healthland.time.com/2012/02/17/brain-imaging-could-detect-autism-risk-in-infants-as-young-as-6-months/?iid=hl-article-editpicks#ixzz1od9Bumms