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Insurance Coverage for Autism Treatments Sought

Patient advocates want the state to more quickly resolve parents’ complaints over payments for behavioral therapy. By Lisa Girion, LA TimesFebruary 25, 2009 Patient advocates called on state regulators Tuesday to force health insurers to cover certain autism treatments. Consumer Watchdog in Santa Monica sent a letter to Cindy Ehnes, executive director of the state Department of Managed Health Care, and her boss, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, expressing concern about delays in resolving coverage complaints from parents of autistic children. The parents say insurers are refusing to cover needed behavioral therapy for their children. But, the parents say, when they took…

U.S. Vaccine Court Denies Family’s Autism Case

By Maggie Fox, Health and Science Editor WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A special U.S. court ruled against three families on Thursday who claimed vaccines caused their children’s autism. The Vaccine Court Omnibus Autism Proceeding ruled against the parents of Michelle Cedillo, Colten Snyder and William Yates Hazlehurst, who had claimed that a measles, mumps and rubella vaccines had combined with other vaccine ingredients to damage the three children. “I conclude that the petitioners have not demonstrated that they are entitled to an award on Michelle’s behalf,” Special Master George Hastings, a former tax claims expert at the Department of Justice, wrote…

Shedding Light on Autism

presented by SIDNEY MacDONALD BAKER, MD May 15-17, 2009Big Sur, California Spend a weekend at Esalen with Dr. Baker, Former Director of the Gesell Institute of Human Development, co-founder of DefeatAutism Now! and co-author of Autism: Effective Biomedical Treatments, and practicing physician. Treating the Unique Child: Private Options, Public Policy and the Autism Spectrum will be an intelligent conversation leading to the ultimate question faced by parents, teachers, physicians, therapists: “Have we done everything we can for this child? ” This is a question Dr. Baker learned to ask in Nepal in 1959 when he apprenticed with Dr. Edgar Miller…

Autism 911: Help for a family in chaos

By Linda Saether, CNN Medical Producer CARD Note: You can follow the Bilsons’ progress on CNN American Morning 6 a.m. to 9 a.m. through February 4. Seal Beach, CALIFORNIA (CNN) — The Bilson family is like many other families: three kids, a cat, and a small, lovely home with lots of family photos and carved wooden wall signs with sayings like “Live, Laugh, Love.” But step inside their house after 4 p.m. most weekdays and you’ll want to cover your ears because of the noise — the screaming, to be exact. These are not the shouts of sibling rivalry or…

Autism Screening Tops the President’s Medical To-Do List

By Nancy Shute, US News and World Report Whitehouse.gov launched at 12:01 pm Wednesday, even before the new president had taken his oath of office on the Capitol’s West Front. Autism is the only disorder or disease mentioned explicitly in Obama’s 24-point agenda. Heart disease and cancer don’t get the call. Neither does diabetes, or other chronic diseases. But there are four hefty bullet points addressing autism. Obama called for:1. Increased funding for research, treatment, screenings, public awareness and support services for autism spectrum disorders. 2. “Life-long services” for people with autism spectrum disorders, as children and as adults. Many…

Testosterone Levels Linked To Autistic Traits

Exposure to high levels of testosterone in the womb is related to the development of autistic traits. This is the conclusion of groundbreaking research published in the British Journal of Psychology on 12th January 2009, which found that levels of testosterone in amniotic fluid were linked to children’s autistic traits up to ten years later. Psychologists Dr Bonnie Auyeung, Professor Simon Baron-Cohen and their team at the Autism Research Centre at the University of Cambridge measured the levels of foetal testosterone in the amniotic fluid of 235 women who underwent amniocentesis during pregnancy. Years later these mothers completed questionnaires that…

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).…