By Lisa Ackerman In December 2013 the University of Minnesota published a study regarding the Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) population in Minneapolis. The results documented the ASD overall rate: 1 in 48. Another major finding from the Somali population showed autism rates are 1 in 32 (1.) In a new report released today two startling findings (2)... Continue Reading →
Is the CDC stepping up autism monitoring?
By Lisa Ackerman The CDC recently announced: they are stepping up autism monitoring (1.) At first, I got excited: Researchers at 10 sites across the country will comb data from 2014 to determine up-to-date autism rates in their communities, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced this month. Then I read further: As in... Continue Reading →
Autism now affects 1 in 68 U.S. children
By Lisa Ackerman This is the third year in a row the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has announced new autism rates right before April (1), a month that has been designated as autism awareness month. For years, TACA likes awareness but appreciates ACTION hence why we call this effort #AutismActionApril. As I have mentioned... Continue Reading →
New study: Environmental Toxicity is a Primary Factor in Autism, Not Just Genetics
By Dr Bob Sears A decade ago, many researchers believed that autism was primarily a genetic disorder, and a large amount of funding was spent searching for answers in that direction. Some even believed it was ALL in the genes. The genetics of autism are interesting, but what’s more important is to understand WHY the... Continue Reading →
So Autism Is Even MORE Common Than Last Year. Who Cares?
By Dr Bob Sears I was really hoping that my latest blog would be entitled “Finally, Someone Cares About the Autism Epidemic!” But alas, it is not to be. The word “epidemic” is being reserved for the hundred or so cases of measles we see in the U.S. each year (no fatalities), or the very... Continue Reading →
Autism Costs for Families = MILLIONS
By Lisa Ackerman Another report just released outlines that autism costs families MILLIONS (1.) Sadly at TACA, not a day goes by without providing best practices to help families understand who pays for what and how to obtain what their child needs to make meaningful progress. Much of the TACA website content is focused on... Continue Reading →
So Autism is (now even more) Common . . . Anybody Care Yet?
By: Dr. Bob Sears – Pediatrician and TACA Physician Advisory Member Welcome to part 2 in my series of blogs that will continue to be written until someone at the Centers for Disease Control and PREVENTION gets on the ball and says “Yes, we have an autism epidemic! We are now very concerned and will... Continue Reading →