More and more, we choose a chemical solution for ADHD

by Belinda Luscombe – Until recently, 90% of all Ritalin takers lived in the U.S. Now, America is home to only 75% of Ritalin users. But that’s not because Americans are using less of the drug, says a Brandeis professor. That’s because ADHD diagnoses, and treatment via pharmaceuticals are growing in other parts of the […]

COMMENTARY

Dyslexia fonts lack studies to support their effectiveness

by Deborah Kots – For the 5 to 10 percent of Americans who have dyslexia, reading can be a maddening experience of flipped, reversed, or unrecognizable letters. “It’s total frustration. You read a word and one letter is turned around so the whole thing doesn’t make sense,” said Christian Boer, who has dyslexia. “Your eyes […]

PARENTING

Jerry Seinfeld has no substantial connection to autism

by Rogel Alpher – Jerry Seinfeld told an American television interviewer recently that he believes he is slightly autistic. A bit on the spectrum. Autism lite. Seinfeld based his public self-diagnosis on what he was feeling – that sometimes he doesn’t really understand what people are telling him. As a result, in the minds of […]

RESEARCH & TECH

Researchers identify relevant autism genes

by Raghunandad Avula – Researchers have had recent success in understanding the genetic basis for neuropsychiatric diseases. Kathryn Roeder, an assistant professor in the department of statistics and the Lane Center for Computational Biology at Carnegie Mellon, and Bernie Devlin, professor of psychiatry at the University of Pittsburgh, recently led an international research team that […]

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EDUCATION

District to pilot intervention program for students with dyslexia

by John Best – The Pen Argyl Area School District could be one of six districts statewide to participate in the Dyslexia and Early Literacy Intervention Pilot Program. The Pennsylvania Department of Education recently interviewed Pen Argyl Area School District officials as part of a process to find the most appropriate schools to test the […]

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LAW & POLITICS

State legislation prompts companies to add autism coverage benefits

by Jay Greene – Despite an ongoing shortage of behavioral therapists to treat children with autism in Michigan, legislation approved two years ago that set up a $26 million fund to reimburse self-insured companies has resulted in more than 60 companies offering coverage for their workers. The three-bill legislative package mandated autism HMO coverage and […]

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PERSONAL STORY

Fighter with Down Syndrome gets MMA fight

by Damon Martin – All Garrett Holeve wanted was a chance to fight. The 25-year old Florida native battled for more than two years for the chance to step inside a ring or cage and live his dream to compete in a mixed martial arts fight.  The thing that stopped Holeve from being sanctioned in […]