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2009: UC Davis MIND Institute study shows CA's autism increase not due to better counting, diagosis.

http://www.ucdmc.ucdavis.edu/welcome/features/20090218_autism_environment/

UC Davis M.I.N.D. Institute study shows California's autism increase not due to better counting, diagnosis

A study by researchers at the UC Davis M.I.N.D. Institute has found that the seven- to eight-fold increase in the number children born in California with autism since 1990 cannot be explained by either changes in how the condition is diagnosed or counted — and the trend shows no sign of abating.

Published in the January 2009 issue of the journal Epidemiology, results from the study also suggest that research should shift from genetics to the host of chemicals and infectious microbes in the environment that are likely at the root of changes in the neurodevelopment of California’s children.

“It’s time to start looking for the environmental culprits responsible for the remarkable increase in the rate of autism in California,” said UC Davis M.I.N.D. Institute researcher Irva Hertz-Picciotto, a professor of environmental and occupational health and epidemiology and an internationally respected autism researcher.

Rise in autism

Hertz-Picciotto said that many researchers, state officials and advocacy organizations have viewed the rise in autism's incidence in California with skepticism.

The incidence of autism by age six in California has increased from fewer than nine in 10,000 for children born in 1990 to more than 44 in 10,000 for children born in 2000. Some have argued that this change could have been due to migration into California of families with autistic children, inclusion of children with milder forms of autism in the counting and earlier ages of diagnosis as consequences of improved surveillance or greater awareness.

Hertz-Picciotto and her co-author, Lora Delwiche of the UC Davis Department of Public Health Sciences, initiated the study to address these beliefs, analyzing data collected by the state of California Department of Developmental Services (DDS) from 1990 to 2006, as well as the United States Census Bureau and state of California Department of Public Health Office of Vital Records, which compiles and maintains birth statistics.

Hertz-Picciotto and Delwiche correlated the number of cases of autism reported between 1990 and 2006 with birth records and excluded children not born in California. They used Census Bureau data to calculate the rate of incidence in the population over time and examined the age at diagnosis of all children ages two to 10 years old.

The methodology eliminated migration as a potential cause of the increase in the number of autism cases. It also revealed that no more than 56 percent of the estimated 600-to-700 percent increase, that is, less than one-tenth of the increased number of reported autism cases, could be attributed to the inclusion of milder cases of autism. Only 24 percent of the increase could be attributed to earlier age at diagnosis.

“These are fairly small percentages compared to the size of the increase that we’ve seen in the state,” Hertz-Picciotto said.

Hertz-Picciotto said that the study is a clarion call to researchers and policy makers who have focused attention and money on understanding the genetic components of autism. She said that the rise in cases of autism in California cannot be attributed to the state’s increasingly diverse population because the disorder affects ethnic groups at fairly similar rates.

“Right now, about 10 to 20 times more research dollars are spent on studies of the genetic causes of autism than on environmental ones. We need to even out the funding,” Hertz-Picciotto said.

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Posted by proverbialwisdom | Mon Jul 25, 2016, 08:46 PM (0 replies)

I'm sorry to hear that. Do you know that John Elder Robison and Kim Stagliano are friends, actually?

http://jerobison.blogspot.com/search?q=kim+stagliano

http://www.johnrobison.com/
http://jerobison.blogspot.com/

He even posts occasionally on the site where she is Managing Editor.

Posted by proverbialwisdom | Mon Jul 25, 2016, 05:58 PM (0 replies)

China Slaps Ban on Internet News Reporting as Crackdown Tightens

Source: Bloomberg News

July 24, 2016 — 9:25 PM PDT

China’s top internet regulator ordered major online companies including Sina Corp. and Tencent Holdings Ltd. to stop original news reporting, the latest effort by the government to tighten its grip over the country’s web and information industries.

The Cyberspace Administration of China imposed the ban on several major news portals, including Sohu.com Inc. and NetEase Inc., Chinese media reported in identically worded articles citing an unidentified official from the agency’s Beijing office. The companies have “seriously violated” internet regulations by carrying plenty of news content obtained through original reporting, causing “huge negative effects,” according to a report that appeared in The Paper on Sunday.

The agency instructed the operators of mobile and online news services to dismantle “current-affairs news” operations on Friday, after earlier calling a halt to such activity at Tencent, according to people familiar with the situation. Like its peers, Asia’s largest internet company had developed a news operation and grown its team. Henceforth, they and other services can only carry reports provided by government-controlled print or online media, the people said, asking not to be identified because the issue is politically sensitive.

The sweeping ban gives authorities near-absolute control over online news and political discourse, in keeping with a broader crackdown on information increasingly distributed over the web and mobile devices. President Xi Jinping has stressed that Chinese media must serve the interests of the ruling Communist Party.



Read more: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2016-07-25/china-slaps-ban-on-internet-news-reporting-as-crackdown-tightens
Posted by proverbialwisdom | Mon Jul 25, 2016, 02:22 AM (12 replies)

Story or nonstory? SacBee: "Autism rates in California public schools jumped 7 percent in 2016"

Original reporting, SAC BEE, July 18:

SAC BEE, July 18, "Autism rates in California public schools jumped 7 percent in 2016"

"The increase was especially sharp among kindergartners, where autism cases grew by 17% last year."

LA Times coverage of the story:

http://www.latimes.com/newsletters/la-me-essential-california-20160719-snap-story.html

ESSENTIAL CALIFORNIA
By Alice Walton and Shelby Grad


Good morning. It is Tuesday, July 19. Police descended on a San Mateo neighborhood after receiving reports of a mountain lion in the area. Residents were told to shelter in place, but it was all for naught. The ferocious puma turned out to be a regular house cat. Here's what else is happening in the Golden State:

TOP STORIES

STORIES TO WATCH TODAY

L.A. AT LARGE

POLITICS AND GOVERNMENT

CRIME AND COURTS

EDUCATION

More cases: The number of children with autism in California’s public school systems has increased sevenfold since 2001. That’s about 97,000 students. Officials say the jump can be attributed to better screenings, a broader definition of the autism spectrum and more children being born with the condition. Sacramento Bee

SPOTLIGHT: Appropriate reporting or a failure of journalism? Scroll down, scroll way, way, way, way down.

MORE: http://www.democraticunderground.com/10028030727

Posted by proverbialwisdom | Sat Jul 23, 2016, 12:49 PM (42 replies)

I'm with THEM, basically, among many others I could name and you could continue to attempt to mock..

http://pediatrics.aappublications.org/content/early/2016/03/17/peds.2015-4230

...in your efforts to defend the 2016 status quo.
Posted by proverbialwisdom | Thu Jul 21, 2016, 12:55 PM (1 replies)

Unconcerned? Seattle Children's Hospital: About 5% of children younger than 5 yrs old have epilepsy.

Another worrisome statistic posted at the Seattle Children's Hospital website:

http://www.seattlechildrens.org/medical-conditions/brain-nervous-system-mental-conditions/epilepsy/

Epilepsy in Children

Epilepsy happens more in children than it does in adults. It affects about 1% of the general population - one out of every 100 people. About 5% of children younger than 5 years old have epilepsy. That is about one in every 20 children under 5.

This number does not include children who have seizures caused by a high fever. These kinds of seizures are different from epilepsy. They are called febrile seizures. They either happen only once or only when your child has a fever.

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RELATED: http://www.democraticunderground.com/1016142780
Posted by proverbialwisdom | Wed Jul 20, 2016, 04:08 PM (0 replies)

LINK: "Special Education - CalEdFacts" from CA Dept of Education website

http://www.cde.ca.gov/sp/se/sr/cefspeced.asp

The disability categories and enrollment breakdown in California for individuals (newborn through twenty-two years of age) who received special education services in 2014–15 are as follows:

Intellectual disabilities: 43,750
Speech or language impairment: 160,071
Visual impairment: 3,864
Emotional disturbance: 24,214
Orthopedic impairment: 12,293
Other health impairment: 76,122
Specific learning disability: 284,196
Deafness: 3,531
Hard of hearing: 10,325
Deaf-blindness: 116
Multiple disabilities: 6,435
Autism: 90,794
Traumatic brain injury: 1,744

In total over 717,000 California kids were in special education programs in public schools. There were over 6,235,000 kids in public schools, translating to 1 in 9 who were in special ed programs.

Link from post by: Greg | July 20, 2016 at 11:50 AM
Posted by proverbialwisdom | Wed Jul 20, 2016, 03:35 PM (1 replies)

Near Exide plant, dangerous lead levels in some yards are 100 times above health limits

Source: By Tony Barboza and Ben Poston, Los Angeles Times

July 20, 2016, 3:00 a.m.

Homes, schools and at least one day-care center near a shuttered Vernon battery recycler are contaminated with higher levels of brain-damaging lead than previously disclosed, with soil samples at some properties found to be so hazardous they are as much as 100 times above California’s health standard, state and county records show.

The public remains largely in the dark about where and at what concentrations the poisonous metal has been detected in neighborhoods near the Exide Technologies plant because state regulators have failed to release pollution readings for the vast majority of properties.

The California Department of Toxic Substances Control says it has tested the soil of more than 2,400 homes. Despite repeated requests from The Times, the agency provided readings for just 269 properties.

A summary of results for 1,190 homes released Friday by the department was not broken down by property or location, but indicated thousands of soil samples were above state health standards and hundreds were at hazardous waste levels.


Read more: http://www.latimes.com/local/california/la-me-ln-dangerous-lead-levels-20160714-snap-story.html



Related: https://www.documentcloud.org/documents/2995582-Summary-of-soil-sampling-results-near-Exide.html
Posted by proverbialwisdom | Wed Jul 20, 2016, 02:09 PM (0 replies)

"The increase was especially sharp among kindergartners, where autism cases grew by 17% last year."

http://www.sacbee.com/site-services/databases/article90300877.html

July 18, 2016 11:36 AM

Autism rates in California public schools jumped 7 percent in 2016

By Phillip Reese


More than 97,000 California public school students have been diagnosed as autistic, a number that has risen seven-fold since 2001, according to the latest special education data from the California Department of Education.

The figure represent a jump of about 6,500, or 7 percent, from 2014-15 to 2015-16.

The increase was especially sharp among kindergartners, where autism cases grew by 17 percent last year. More than one of every 65 kindergartners in California public schools is classified as autistic.

Since 2006, the number of autistic students statewide has risen by between 5,000 and 7,000 every year, state figures show.

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Posted by proverbialwisdom | Wed Jul 20, 2016, 12:18 PM (144 replies)

Yesterday, Reverend Jesse Jackson urged President Obama to veto the GMO labeling bill.

Today Reverend Jesse Jackson urged President Obama to veto the GMO labeling bill that is currently before the House, should it reach his desk. In a letter sent directly to the president the renowned civil rights activist called attention to the “serious inequities (in the) GMO labeling legislation.” In the letter Jackson points out the discriminatory nature of such a labeling system; “100,000,000 Americans, most of them poor, people of color and elderly either do not own a smart phone or an iPhone to scan the QR code or live in an area of poor internet connectivity.”

LETTER: http://www.centerforfoodsafety.org/files/jesse-jackson-letter-to-obama_12626.pdf

Info from Center for Food Safety email.
Posted by proverbialwisdom | Fri Jul 15, 2016, 08:16 AM (0 replies)
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