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New Device Improves speech for Parkinson's Patients

Terri Weymouth remembers the day her boss told her she was talking too slowly when answering the office phone. For several years Weymouth had noticed some unusual physical changes."My left hand was not doing what it should be doing. My speech was getting slower and slower," said Weymouth, of Carmel. Finally in 2009, she was told by doctors what was wrong. She had Parkinson's disease, a degenerative neurological disorder that affects 1.5 million people in the United States. About nine in 10 people with ...

Posted on: September 23, 2014
Reduced Maternal Iron Intake Associated with Autism in Children

Lower intake of iron before and during the pregnancy by mothers aged 35 and above increase the risk of autism in children by five times, new research shows. Researchers said that this held true even if women have metabolic conditions such as obesity, hyper-tension or diabetes.Around 1 in 68 American children have been diagnosed with autism and it is more common in boys than girls. The cost of care for a child with autism is estimated to be at least $17,000 more per year. The cost of care of child with ...

Posted on: September 22, 2014
Swallowing & Radiation Therapy

Radiation therapy (RT) alone is as effective in decreasing swallowing complications experienced by advanced esophageal cancer patients as RT combined with chemotherapy, thus allowing patients to forgo chemotherapy, according to research presented at the American Society for Radiation Oncology's (ASTRO's) 56th Annual Meeting.In this international study that included sites in Australia, New Zealand, Canada and the United Kingdom, researchers assessed the use of palliative chemotherapy combined with RT, or ...

Posted on: September 20, 2014
Potential Link Between Assisted Reproduction and Autism

When prospective parents have trouble conceiving and decide to seek medical help, they typically experience more than a little anxiety and have a host of questions: What are the potential risks to the mother and the baby? What kinds of diseases or other problems are associated with assisted reproduction? And, is one of those problems autism?As many as one in every 50 children age 6 to 17 is identified as having autism spectrum disorder, which impairs social interaction and communication. The increasing ...

Posted on: September 19, 2014
Marijuana Treatment for Alzheimer's Disease?

Extremely low levels of the compound in marijuana known as delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, may slow or halt the progression of Alzheimer's disease, a recent study from neuroscientists at the University of South Florida shows.Findings from the experiments, using a cellular model of Alzheimer's disease, were reported online in the Journal of Alzheimer's Disease.Researchers from the USF Health Byrd Alzheimer's Institute showed that extremely low doses of THC reduce the production of amyloid beta, found ...

Posted on: September 18, 2014
PresenceLearning Launches Webinar Series

Special education administrators are responsible for ensuring that students with special needs receive a free and appropriate public education. However, an ever-evolving legal environment leaves school districts vulnerable to legal blunders when developing and implementing educational programs for students with special needs. To help special education administrators stay up-to-date - and educate their colleagues in general education - PresenceLearning is hosting a free webinar with Julie Weatherly, Esq., ...

Posted on: September 17, 2014
Playground Helps Children With Autism

After a few words from officials involved in the project, the Yellowstone Boys and Girls Ranch (YBGR), Billings, Mont., dedicated a new playground at its London Lodge for autistic boys in the most fitting way possible: by letting kids play on it.The dozen or so youngsters - about half of them residents of the lodge receiving treatment at YBGR - swinging on swings, spinning in circles and climbing all over the seven-piece playground represented the culmination of more than a year's worth of work."We are so ...

Posted on: September 16, 2014
Many With Autism Lack Sex Education

Adults with autism face a greater risk of sexual victimization than their typically-developing peers, researchers say, and a lack of education could be part of the reason why.In a survey of adults with and without autism, 78% of those on the spectrum reported at least one instance of sexual victimization compared to less than half of their typically-developing peers.People with autism were more than twice as likely to say that they had been raped and over three times as likely to report unwanted sexual ...

Posted on: September 15, 2014
Link Between Down Syndrome and Alzheimer's

Researchers in Denver have found a definitive link between Down syndrome and Alzheimer's disease."If we want to find a cure to Alzheimer's, we have to further study Down syndrome," scientist Huntington Potter said.Potter and his colleague Tom Blumenthal testify at a congressional hearing in Washington D.C. recently."We'll be meeting with members of Congress and telling them about the connection and hope this will improve the chances for better funding for NIH," Potter said.Potter and Blumenthal work at ...

Posted on: September 13, 2014
JU Dedicates New College of Health Sciences Building

Jacksonville University's new College of Health Sciences building is now officially open, cementing its reputation as the leading healthcare educator in the region with a facility packed with the latest technology and housing cutting-edge learning environments and labs. At a dedication of the new 30,000-square-foot facility, JU leaders and local health partners emphasized the University's rich, three-decade history in health sciences in the community, as well as its ambitious future focused on innovation, ...

Posted on: September 12, 2014
Promise for Parent-led Autism Intervention for Babies

In a small pilot study, parents learned and delivered a treatment that significantly reduced autism symptoms in babies who had shown warning signs for the disorder.The research appears in the Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders. Lead researcher Sally Rogers developed the new therapy - dubbed "Infant Start" - with the help of a research grant from Autism Speaks. The National Institute of Child Health and Human Development funded the new pilot study. "Ultimately, the goal of earlier detection of ...

Posted on: September 11, 2014
Childchat App Assists With Early Education

A new app entering the market is making speech, language and communication development in children a lot easier to understand. The Childchat app was created by Kristi Rabbitt, a third-year student of speech and language therapy at the University of Canterbury.The app is expected on the market soon, and will give parents easy access to resources, support, guides and local contacts.Parents will also be able to document, record, and analyze their child's speech and language development.Rabbitt said that when ...

Posted on: September 10, 2014
Diagnostic Test for Autism Spectrum Disorder?

Boston-area startup SynapDx is developing a blood test to help diagnose autism, with aims to bring the age of diagnosis much lower than it is today. Its test, which identifies biomarkers that the company itself has found associated with autism, is meant to be given to kids who are showing symptoms of an autism spectrum disorder."Our idea was to create a simple blood test to look at markers in the blood associated with autism, but not with other developmental disorders," CEO Stanley Lapidus said.So far, ...

Posted on: September 09, 2014
Cobb Pediatric Therapy Services Earns Inc. 5000 Honor

For the seventh consecutive year, Cobb Pediatric Therapy Services, a leading pediatric therapy staffing firm, has made the Inc. 5000, an exclusive ranking of the nation's fastest-growing private companies in America.According to Inc. 5000, 2014 had the most competitive field of companies ever recorded. The aggregated revenue for Inc. 5000 members topped $211 billion, generating 505,000 jobs over the past three years. Cobb Pediatric Therapy Services attained a three year growth rate of 61% and almost ...

Posted on: September 08, 2014
Head Size Not A Predictor Of Autism

There's long been talk of a connection between autism risk and infant head size, but a large new study suggests that no such link exists.In looking at data on nearly 700 children collected at a dozen sites across the United States and Canada, researchers said they found no evidence that large head size serves as a predictor of autism.For the study, data was collected on 442 children considered to be high risk because they had an older sibling with autism as well as 253 kids with no family history of the ...

Posted on: September 06, 2014
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