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…

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…

GUT MICROBIOME IN AUTISM

By Gita Gupta   When my son was first diagnosed with autism, he also had problems like chronic diarrhea. The diarrhea caused him a lot of distress, and he was not gaining weight or growing. We saw many specialists. When I asked them about what causes the diarrhea, I was often told “that’s just autism.”…

Stem Cells, Autism and New Research

By Gita Gupta Autism affects 1 in 68 U.S. children (1.) FDA-approved treatments for autism address issues like irritability, but there are very few treatments for the core symptoms like impairments in communication and behavior. That’s probably because there isn’t enough research focus on understanding and addressing the abnormal changes seen in the body’s functioning…

IACC is requesting public comment for their strategic plan

By Lisa Ackerman Here we go for the third installment of Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee (IACC) Strategic Planning. Here is what the IACC is proposing: The IACC is requesting public comments to inform the development of the 2016 IACC Strategic Plan. The objectives in the IACC Strategic Plan were last revised in 2011, and the…

The new #autism prevalence rate is not a cause for celebration

By Lisa Ackerman On March 31, 2016 the CDC issued their new official rate of autism per their latest survey (1.) The rate is 1 in 68 US children has a diagnosis of autism. For this first time in over a decade the rate compared to their 2010 survey results is flat. It is important…

#Autism is now 1 in 45 – will anyone listen?

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)…

A Change for #Autism?

By Lisa Ackerman On September 15 2015, Dr. Thomas Insel announced he will step down as a director of the National Institute of Mental Health (NMIH) and Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee (IACC) (1.) This change is effective November 1, 2015. On this blog we have written about the IACC and their efforts since inception back…

The Annual Cost of Autism Continues to Soar

By Lisa Ackerman (Original post in May 2012 with updates in July 2015) In May 2012, new figures were released to highlight a huge increase in the annual autism costs. Autism costs had soared to $137 billion a year (1). This represented a three-fold increase within the last decade. Fast forward 3 years and those…

Danger Can Come with a Change of Seasons – 2015

By Lisa Ackerman We shared this article in June 2014. Each summer we need to share this information again. The reason why:  in less than 10 days 8 children with autism ages 5-26 have wandered from a safe environment and died. Please read and share. You never know the life you may save. ============================== Original article For…

AUTISM UN-AWARENESS MONTH COMES TO A CLOSE

   About fifteen years ago I met my very first mother of a child with autism who asked for something different. I remember it very clearly: mom told me her daughter had a yeast problem and wanted fluconazole. Flu-what-a-zole? Fluconazole – better known by the brand name Diflucan. Tempted to do what every other doctor…