An Australian researcher has partnered with a Chinese city to implement a program that allows medical experts to diagnose autism in young children.
Dr Josephine Barbaro, a post-doctoral fellow from La Trobe University, has developed a set of markers to diagnose the condition in children below the age of two.
Dr Barbaro's research focuses on autism spectrum disorder, a condition characterized by difficulties with social interaction and communication.
She's told Asia Pacific that while experts knew about the early markers of autism spectrum disorder, there were no screening tools that could use these markers to identify the condition.
"We designed a program called the social attention and communication surveillance study and we trained maternal and child health nurses to monitor these very early markers in very young children, from one to two years of age," she said.
It seems the Chinese haven't benefitted from better diagnosing like we have. They're being trained to recognize the signs of autism. HOWEVER, just like here, no one can explain why people have to be trained to deal with autism and NO ONE IS WORRIED. It's a worldwide disaster we're all happily accepting.
Allegheny County District Attorney Stephen A. Zappala Jr. said officers need to add another possibility: Is the person autistic?
To that end, he has commissioned the production of a DVD titled "Encountering People with Autism" for police and other first responders who may come in contact with those diagnosed with some form of the mysterious brain disorder, characterized by social difficulties, communication problems and repetitive behaviors and fixed interests. The project was spurred by Scott Bailey, a part-time Aspinwall and Millvale police officer and a full-time Allegheny County 911 emergency dispatcher, and deputy district attorney Tom Swan, both of whom have children with autism.
The purpose of the 20-minute, professionally produced DVD is to make officers aware of the characteristics, tendencies, behavior issues and other personality traits of persons diagnosed with autism. The hope is to avoid the possibility of officers or autistic persons being injured because an officer misinterprets the actions of a person with autism, which could include fleeing, repeating or not responding to warnings or commands, or throwing a tantrum, among others. Elsewhere in the country, persons with autism have been fatally shot by police officers who reacted to actions they thought were life-threatening but were instead manifestations of the disorder.
The DVD will be distributed in early March to each of the more than 100 police departments in the county as a training tool. Also at that time, departments will receive packets for families of persons with autism that will include stickers for homes and vehicles, information on applying for grants from the DA's office for its already existing autistic service K-9 project, and for its upcoming GPS tracking device program, as well as other information. . . .
Officer Bailey, who helped spearhead a symposium for first responders on autism in November 2012, and Mr. Swan said the need for officer awareness of autism has increased exponentially. As noted in the DVD, 1 in 150 children born in 2000 was diagnosed as autistic. That figure has tripled, to 1 in 50.
"The numbers have increased so much that, sooner or later, anyone in law enforcement is going to be running into someone with autism," Mr. Swan said. "The idea is to try to make everyone safer, protecting both the police officer and the person with autism." . . . .
Most of the roles of persons with autism are played by those with autism in real life, including Officer Bailey's sons, Trevor, 15, and Trent, 14, and Mr. Swan's son, Kevin, 17. Officer Bailey and his wife, Tina, and Mr. Swan also play roles in the video, as do a number of other local police officers, first responders and Allegheny County Common Pleas Judge John Zottola, who is pushing for statewide police officer training in recognizing autism.
No one is concerned about WHY THIS TRAINING IS NECESSARY, WHY OFFICER BAILEY HAS THREE SONS WITH AUTISM, OR WHY THE NUMBERS CONTINUE TO SOAR. No one asks why.
According to Iowa Department of Public Health data, vaccine exemptions have more than doubled in Woodbury County among K-12 students since 2001. While 99.68 percent of students had immunization certificates, the county tallied 136 medical/religious exemptions during the 2011-2012 school year.
The idea behind vaccination is creating "herd immunity," a situation in which the majority of the population is immune to a disease. Spearman said a high vaccination rate protects infants and those who can't be vaccinated due to medical conditions.
Parsons said parents decide not to immunize for a variety of reasons, including concern over vaccine ingredients and potential side effects. . . .
Steven Joyce, a physician with Mercy Medical Center Internal Medicine & Pediatrics, said he has seen his fair share of parents seeking to adjust the national vaccine schedule or omit certain vaccines out of fear of potential side effects, the most common of which are soreness at the injection side and a low-grade fever.
"I don't think I've ever had what you would call a serious adverse reaction," he said.
In 1998, the medical journal Lancet published British researcher Andrew Wakefield's study that suggests the MMR vaccine causes autism. Two subsequent studies conducted by the British Health Department found the introduction of the vaccine wasn't responsible for a rise in autism among children. Spearman said there is no proven link between immunization and type 1 diabetes either. . . .
Parada said thimerosal, a mercury-based additive, was removed from all immunizations except the influenza vaccine, which contains small amounts, in 1999. Studies, he said, haven't shown any proof that thimerosal causes diseases, including autism. After thimerosal was removed, he said, autism diagnoses actually increased.
Wakefield was wrong. Vaccines don't have serious side effects and there's only a little bit of mercury in a flu shot. And all the while, no one is worried about what's causing autism. I posted comments.
Jenny McCarthy is setting the record straight. The View co-host has slammed reports that her son Evan, 11, doesn't have autism. On Friday, a rumor surfaced that the 41-year-old revealed that her only child is not autistic, even though she's publicly talked about his condition over the years.
"Stories circulating online, claiming that I said my son Evan may not have autism after all, are blatantly inaccurate and completely ridiculous," McCarthy tweeted on Jan. 3. "Evan was diagnosed with autism by the Autism Evaluation Clinic at the UCLA Neuropsychiatric Hospital and was confirmed by the State of California (through their Regional Center). The implication that I have changed my position, that my child was not initially diagnosed with autism (and instead may suffer from Landau-Kleffner Syndrome), is both irresponsible and inaccurate."
More proof no one wants to talk about what autism is doing to our children. The biggest lies covering up everything are the ones downplaying autism. If autism is no big deal then the vaccine issue doesn't matter. If Jenny McC's son doesn't have autism, then her stand on vaccine safety can be ignored. This isn't the first time the "rumor" has gotten press coverage.
The National Vaccine Information Center (NVIC) supports voluntary informed consent to medical risk-taking and opposes recommendations to restrict personal-belief vaccine exemptions in Colorado.
Vaccines are pharmaceutical products that carry a risk for injury and death. The Institute of Medicine has stated that many vaccine injury risk factors for individuals have yet to be defined. The vaccine-injured are as real as those harmed by disease.
My thanks to Theresa Wrangham for writing this and to Denver Post for publishing it. Know the risks. It's amazing that so many trusting parents out there don't imagine that there are side effects from vaccination. I posted one comment.
Deadly H1N1 flu - the influenza virus strain behind the 2009 pandemic - continues its resurgence in Michigan, leading to the deaths of at least one child and three adults, according to state health and hospital officials. . . .
"These deaths are among previously healthy individuals. This is not the group that the public usually thinks about as being susceptible to serious illness with influenza," said Matt Davis, chief medical executive for the Michigan Department of Community Health and a U-M professor of pediatrics and communicable diseases and of internal medicine. . . .
It appears the sickest patients either didn't get the flu vaccine or received a vaccine within the past two weeks - the time frame needed for the vaccine to be effective, said Dr. Sandro Cinti, an infectious disease doctor at U-M. . . .
But some consumers remain reluctant, fearing they will get the flu from the flu shot or that vaccines causes autism - theories that research repeatedly has proven wrong, said Cinti, who also cared for patients in the 2009 pandemic before a vaccine became available.
"Studies show no link" only as long as no one asks who funded the study. I posted comments to challenge Dr. Cinti.