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July 3, 2011

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We hope that your complimentary USAAA WeeklyNews was helpful and informative for you in during the first part of 2011. Be sure to forward your copy of the newsletter to family and friends so they can subscribe and learn about up to date news on autism spectrum disorders.

You gave us feedback on articles from all of the newsletters we featured in January - June of 2011. Below are the the top ten articles that received the greatest response from you. They included topics on technology, diet and nutrition, research, parenting, education, marriage, and the annual conference. We thank you for contributing your comments on our blog. Be sure to read all past issues from our newsletter archive.

Autism and Seizures
The neurobiology of autism and epilepsy, especially temporal lobe epilepsy, can be similar; that is, the integrity of the amygdala has been found to be compromised in both the disorders. In the non-ASD group, 82% of cases had been seizure free for 2 or more years, in comparison to 50% in the ASD group.
Mitochondrial dysfunction in autism
CONTEXT: Impaired mitochondrial function may influence processes highly dependent on energy, such as neurodevelopment, and contribute to autism. No studies have evaluated mitochondrial dysfunction and mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) abnormalities in a well-defined population of children with autism. CONCLUSION: In this exploratory study, children with autism were more likely to have mitochondrial dysfunction, mtDNA overreplication, and mtDNA deletions than typically developing children.
Autism and Sex
For a child with a developmental disability, it can be even more awkward for parents to initiate the "sex talk". Whenever I ask parents about this, the number one reason they give is that they are unable to tell the level of ability their child or teen will have in grasping such topics. And with such a spectrum of cognitive levels, who can blame these parents for wondering? There is no single formula to educate an individual with autism on sexual topics, and the teaching approaches will vary from person to person.
USAAA World Conference in Seattle, Washington October 27-30, 2011
US Autism & Asperger Association, Inc. (USAAA), www.usautism.org, holds its 6h annual World Conference in Seattle, Washington October 27-30. Some of the world’s most renowned autism experts will present new interventions and new research in both education and medicine.
USAAA Top Ten Articles of 2010
Apple’s revolutionary iPad a near-miracle for autistic boy; Study: Baby's babble could be 'clue' to autism; Parenting A Child With Asperger's Syndrome; Bridging from Cells to Cognition in Autism Pathophysiology; Autism And Allergies: What Can Your Child Eat?; USAAA Event Becomes Most-Viewed Autism Conference in the World; Meeting the needs of college students with autism
Does Inflammation Play a Role in Autism?
[Psychiatrist Emily Deans, M.D. writing in Psychology Today] then goes on to highlight what she calls "the best evidence of the actual inflammatory damage" that leads to autism, which is a 2005 study by Johns Hopkins University researchers.
Disabled children: the father’s role
In families of children with disabilities, the nurturing role – and indeed the need for nurture – of the father often goes unrecognised by professionals.
Made in China: Our Toxic, Imported Air Pollution
Mercury, sulfates, ozone, black carbon, flu-laced desert dust. Even as America tightens emission standards, the fast-growing economies of Asia are filling the air with hazardous components that circumnavigate the globe.
Protecting Students with Disabilities
"No otherwise qualified individual with a disability in the United States … shall solely by reason of her or his disability, be excluded from the participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance…"
Asperger's Syndrome: High-Functioning Autism to Lose Its Name
Eileen Parker was 41 years old when she discovered her quirky, misunderstood behavior had a name: Asperger's. The syndrome, which is marked by impaired social interaction and sensory overload, joins other neurological disorders on the autism spectrum. And for Parker, the label came as a relief.

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