The New Understanding of Autism

The New Understanding of Autism

Today in the U.S., approximately 1 in 68 children is diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). New research on autism continues to expand our understanding of this troubling disease. Researchers are discovering promising genetic links that govern the structural development of the brain which could be at the root of ASD. This is providing better interventions and giving hope to families of children with the disorder.

The Hidden Danger of Noise Pollution

The Hidden Danger of Noise Pollution

People have been aware of the health related dangers of air pollution for decades and governments around the world have worked to reduce smog and similar air quality problems. But there has been little progress to reduce the sound pollution that surrounds us daily. Perhaps it is because unlike smog, sound waves aren’t visible. If we could “see” sound, we might be alarmed by how much harmful noise we are exposed to every day.

Sugar and its Discontents

Sugar and its Discontents

One hundred and fifty-six pounds. That’s how much added sugar Americans consume each year on a per capita basis, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). Today added sugar is everywhere, used in approximately 75 percent of packaged foods purchased in the United States. And it has addictive properties similar to cocaine or nicotine. Sugar can lead to inflammation which can in turn lead to heart disease, liver problems and kidney problems.

Earliest Sign of Autism

A prospective study, published in the November 6th issue of Nature, which followed 110 children from birth to age 3 years, showed that those who had a subsequent diagnosis of ASD started life with relatively normal attention to others’ eyes.  However, their eye...
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