New Study Reaffirms: #Autism Epidemic Continues to Affect 1 in 40 Kids

By Dr. Bob Sears TACA Physician Advisory member   Earlier this week the US Census Bureau released data on 50,000 American children from their 2016 National Survey of Children’s Health and found that 2.5% of kids, or 1 in 40, have a diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder (1.)    As each survey or prevalence study…

What am I grateful for?

By Lisa Ackerman I LOVE this time of the year! It is my favorite time where I get to show gratitude.  It is a great opportunity to say thank you to many important people in our lives. It is important to say THANK YOU to some pretty great people: –          Thank you to our TACA…

Why Doesn’t My Child Say ‘I Love You’?

    by Dr. Jared Skowron I’ve been a biomedical clinician for 15 years and talked with a lot of parents and seen a lot of kids. Patterns of humanity always persist, and as a Dad myself, I know the joys and stress of parenthood. Some of the most joyful moments are when your child…

What if you could detect #autism risk at birth?

By Gita Gupta What if autism could be detected as early as birth, using biomarkers –  rather than at age 2-5 years, using behavioral characteristics? That’s what Dr. Naviaux’s new study aims to find out, using data from the newborn screening program. (You may recall Dr. Naviaux’s groundbreaking work on Suramin in autism – see…

Autism Family Plan Needed: 15 points to include

By Lisa Ackerman   The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently announced that autism prevalence is up to 1 in 59 U.S. children (1.)   That number should resonate with every family and warrants a clear plan of action. From day one, TACA was (and still is) talking about this important issue of understanding…

Autism rate: 1 in 59 Kids. It’s time to care.

By Dr. Bob Sears – TACA Physician Advisory Board   The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) just reported that autism now affects 1 in 59 children in America (1.) I am not surprised by this statistic because I, and every other pediatrician down here in the trenches, have known this for years. What…

SURAMIN AUTISM TRIAL UPDATE!

By Gita Gupta   Last year, we posted about Dr.Robert Naviaux’s success with the 100 year old drug suramin in a small double-blind, placebo controlled trial of children with autism. All the children who received a single dose of suramin showed improvements in the core symptoms of autism. You can read the parent stories of…

Thanks 2017, Hello 2018!

by Lisa Ackerman It’s the end of another year, 2017 is almost gone! How does that happen!?  Wasn’t it just April last month? (I know I write a variation of this every year. But how is time marching along so fast?!) So here we are: 2017 is another record year for this great organization. TACA…

TACA 5th Annual Celebrations Campaign

By Team TACA The autism journey is a challenge but our kids and their accomplishments are a CELEBRATION.  Each year we like to take a little time out of the holiday hustle to celebrate the accomplishments our children with autism (no matter how old they are!) have made throughout the year.  With autism, there is…

Happy, Thankful, Hopeful

By Lisa Ackerman This is my favorite time of year and I’d like to wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving.  Thanksgiving is a wonderful reminder of all we have to be thankful for – family, friends, milestones met and of course the hope for a better tomorrow.  The milestones for children affected by autism come after…

Gastrointestinal Issues in Autism: New Research

  By Gita Gupta In this post, I summarize a study from a group of well-known researchers which reveals new insights on gastrointestinal (GI) issues in autism. The study showed that the GI tract of children with autism has significant differences in mitochondrial function, compared to neurotypical children with similar GI issues. As parents like…