Service Delivery

Face Recognition Technology Could Aid Autism Therapy, Recognize A Child In Pain

Source: 
Medical News Today
Date Published: 
March 7, 2011
Abstract: 

Research in computer graphics and computer vision tries to make using computers easier. We can find a more comfortable, intuitive and intelligent way to use the computer that feels like you're talking to a friend. This could also help disabled people use computers the way everyone else does.

Justices Rule Vaccine Firms Protected From Suits

Source: 
The Wall Street Journal
Date Published: 
February 23, 2011
Abstract: 

The Supreme Court handed a victory to vaccine makers Tuesday, ruling 6-2 that U.S. law shields them from product-liability suits alleging defects in a vaccine's design. The high court ruled in the case of a Pennsylvania couple who alleged that their daughter suffered profound impairments after receiving a diphtheria, tetanus and pertussis vaccine made by Wyeth, now part of Pfizer Inc. The result takes a key legal tool out of the hands of those who contend their children's autism was caused by vaccines.

Relatively Few Young Adults With Autism Spectrum Disorders Receive Assistance After High School

Source: 
Science Daily
Date Published: 
February 7, 2011
Abstract: 

Use of medical, mental health and case management services for young adults with an autism spectrum disorder appears to decline after high school, according to a report.

Post-High School Service Use Among Young Adults with an Autism Spectrum Disorder

Source: 
Archives of Pediatric & Adolescent Medicine, Shattuck et al.
Date Published: 
February 2011
Year Published: 
2011

Researchers conducted a telephone survey to determine the rates of service use among young adults with autism spectrum disorders (ASDs) during their first few years after high school. Rates of service ranged from 9.1% for speech therapy to 41.9% for case management. 39.1% of youths with an ASD represented by the survey received no services. The adjusted odds of no service were higher among African American participants and those with low incomes. The adjusted odds of case management were lower among youths with high functional skills and those with low incomes. The researchers concluded that rates of service disengagement are high after exiting high school. Furthermore, due to the disparities by race and socioeconomic status indicate a need for targeted outreach and services.

ICare4autism To Create World's First Global Autism Research And Education Center

Source: 
Medical News Today
Date Published: 
December 13, 2010
Abstract: 

The International Center for Autism Research and Education (ICare4autism), a New York-based charity, announced plans to create the world's first Global Autism Center on Mt. Scopus in Israel, dedicated to catalyzing breakthrough innovation in autism research and treatment. In a ceremony at Jerusalem's City Hall hosted by Mayor Nir Barkat, ICare4autism's President Joshua Weinstein signed an agreement paving the way for ICare4autism to acquire the campus of Bezalel Academy of Art in 2013, and convert it into a center.

Structural Basis for Autism Disorders

Source: 
Science Daily
Date Published: 
August 25, 2010
Abstract: 

There is still much that is unknown about autism spectrum disorders, but a University of Nevada, Reno psychologist has added to the body of knowledge that researchers around the world are compiling to try to demystify, prevent and treat the mysterious condition.

Gene Scan Finds Link Across Array of Childhood Brain Disorder

Source: 
EurekAlert
Date Published: 
August 22, 2010
Abstract: 

Mutations in a single gene can cause several types of developmental brain abnormalities that experts have traditionally considered different disorders. With support from the National Institutes of Health, researchers found those mutations through whole exome sequencing – a new gene scanning technology that cuts the cost and time of searching for rare mutations. Whole exome sequencing can be applied to dozens of other rare genetic disorders where the culprit genes have so far evaded discovery. Such information can help couples assess the risk of passing on genetic disorders to their children. It can also offer insights into disease mechanisms and treatments.

Intensive Treatment Found To Be Highly Effective

Source: 
Newswise
Date Published: 
April 6, 2010
Abstract: 

Results of a randomized clinical trial found an innovative multi-component summer social development program to be effective in improving the social performance of children with high-functioning autism spectrum disorders.

Are Celebrities Crossing the Line on Medical Advice?

Source: 
USA Today
Date Published: 
December 22, 2009
Abstract: 

Doctors say they can understand why patients sympathize with celebrities and closely follow their battles with serious illnesses. It helps to know that health problems can even affect celebrities.

Yet celebrities — who can command huge audiences and sell thousands of books — have a special responsibility to get their facts right, says Bradford Hesse, who studies health communication at the National Cancer Institute. Many doctors say they're troubled by stars who cross the line from sharing their stories to championing questionable or even dangerous medical advice.

Autism Treatment: Success Stories More Persuasive To Some than Hard Data

Source: 
Chicago Tribune
Date Published: 
November 22, 2009

Parents often swear their children with autism get better while they are undergoing alternative therapies. Pitches from doctors providing alternative treatments are difficult to resist, he said. But in evaluating a therapy, the challenge is determining how much, if any, of the progress can be credited to the treatment. Some parents are beginning to realize their child was progressing despite the use of alternative treatments.