From January, 2009

New Research Raises Possibility of Prenatal Screening for Autism

Prenatal screening for autism moves a step closer to reality today as new research has found ways of potentially identifying the condition in unborn babies. By Murray Wardrop, Telegraph.co.uk Scientists at Cambridge University discovered that high levels of testosterone in the amniotic fluid of pregnant mothers was linked to autistic traits in their children.The findings raise the possibility of undertaking tests in the womb to detect the condition, which would allow parents the controversial ability to decide whether to terminate foetuses. Scientists are now calling for a national debate on the consequences of the screening process, called amniocentesis, which is…

Researchers May Have Answers for the Rise in Autism

A study published in the journal Epidemiology this month by Irva Hertz-Picciotto and Lora Delwiche offers some definitive answers to a decades-long debate concerning the rise in autism. Over the past 20 years there have been increasing reports of a rise in cases of autism. Many considered these reports evidence of an epidemic and pointed to various factors such as environmental toxins to explain the rise in autism. However, there were many other factors that could explain this rise. Among the most frequently cited explanations to discount an actual rise in autism were the methods used to diagnose new cases…

The CARD Position on Biomedical Treatment for Autism

The CARD Position on Biomedical Treatments for Autism, January 19, 2006 Autism is currently among the most controversial issues in American public health. Presumably because of the mysterious nature of the disorder, autism continues to be the focus of countless “fad treatments,” the vast majority of which either lack scientific support or have been scientifically disproved, outright (e.g., facilitated communication, see Jacobson, Mulick, & Schwartz, 1995). Several independent review sources have consistently found that early intensive applied behavior analytic intervention (ABA) continues to be the only treatment for autism which is backed by substantial scientific evidence (NYSDH, 1999; Satcher, 1999).…

Blue Cross And Blue Shield Of Oklahoma Announces Autism Benefits

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Oklahoma announced the addition of an autism benefit to insured groups effective their next policy year. This change will not in any way affect the current medical coverage that has always been available to children with autism. Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Oklahoma is responding to market interests in the benefits and coverage of certain autism-related medically necessary services. “We want to commend the Oklahoma Legislature for allowing the market to work,” said Bev Binkowski, director, public affairs. “Rather than having a ‘one-size-fits-all’ mandate for all companies, we have been able to develop…