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March 26, 2014

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Evidence that Increased Acetaminophen use in Genetically Vulnerable Children Appears to be a Major Cause of the Epidemics of Autism, Attention Deficit with Hyperactivity, and Asthma

FDA Finally Changes Prescription Recommendations for High-Dose Acetaminophen

Every 8 Minutes, a Child Goes to an Emergency Room for Medicine Poisoning

Exploring Interests in Technology and Engineering Camp

USAAA 2014 World Conference - Sept 4-7


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Evidence that Increased Acetaminophen use in Genetically Vulnerable Children Appears to be a Major Cause of the Epidemics of Autism, Attention Deficit with Hyperactivity, and Asthma

By William Shaw, PhD

shaw studyIt appears that the marked increase in the rate of autism, asthma, and attention deficit with hyperactivity throughout much of the world may be largely caused by the marked increase in the use of acetaminophen in genetically and/or metabolically susceptible children, and the use of acetaminophen by pregnant women. Toxicity of acetaminophen may cause autism by overloading the defective sulfation pathway catalyzed by phenolsulfotransferase, which is deficient in autism, leading to overproduction of the toxic metabolite N-acetylp- benzoquinone imine (NAPQI). Increased levels of NAPQI reduce the ability to detoxify a host of toxic chemicals in the environment, increasing oxidative stress, which leads to protein, lipid, and nucleic acid damage from free radicals.
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Finally, large-scale faulty production of acetaminophen products, such that the labeled values were exceeded by the true concentrations, in addition to contamination with bacteria and tribromoanisole, may have greatly increased the chances of children receiving overdosages of acetaminophen and potential toxins for perhaps as long as a decade..

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FDA Finally Changes Prescription Recommendations for High-Dose Acetaminophen

By Dr. Mercola

Acetaminophen, sold under the brand name Tylenol, among others, may be among the most dangerous medicines on the market. I'm sure this comes as a surprise to most of you, as virtually every single household keeps a bottle on hand for the occasional ache and pain, and doesn't think twice about taking it. Not thinking, it turns out, could cost you dearly...Acetaminophen overdose is actually the leading cause for calls to Poison Control Centers across the US - more than 100,000 instances per year...
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Last year, PBS News reported that 1,500 deaths over the past 10 years have been linked to taking a little bit more acetaminophen than the recommended dosage. A major problem, as PBS points out, is that while acetaminophen is considered safe when taken as recommended, the margin between a safe dose and a potentially lethal one is disturbingly small.

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Every 8 Minutes, a Child Goes to an Emergency Room for Medicine Poisoning

By Dr. Mercola

The US Poison Control Center receives nearly 500,000 calls per year related to young children accidently getting into medicine. This works out to one call every minute of every day.

In 2012, 64,000 kids were treated in emergency rooms for medicine poisoning; that's one child every eight minutes, according to a new report from Safe Kids. The report, which is based on data from the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission and Poison Control Centers, sheds light on this entirely preventable problem, including where children are most likely to be exposed to potentially deadly medicines.
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Parents' and Grandparents' Medications Cause Most Child Drug Poisonings.

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Exploring Interests in Technology and Engineering Camp

pacer campEX.I.T.E. Camps, developed 12 years ago through an IBM initiative, are now a worldwide event. The mission of EX.I.T.E. Camp is to empower middle school girls in the fields of math, science, and engineering. EX.I.T.E. Camp provides a safe and supported environment for hands-on learning as well as a place to meet new friends and create lasting memories..
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PACER Center collaborated for the 11th consecutive year to present a camp specifically for middle school girls with disabilities.

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USAAA 2014 World Conference
September 4-7, 2014

On September 4-7, 2014, the US Autism & Asperger Association (USAAA) launches its 9th Annual World Conference in Kansas City, Missouri at the award winning Marriott Country Club Plaza hotel. Over 35 of the world's most respected experts will discuss New Research, Treatment Modalities, Resources, and Avenues for Advocacy. After four days, you will leave the conference armed with tools of practical protocols, valuable hope, and new resources for support for your child, family member, patient, friend, student, or yourself.
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