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Feds Clarify Obligations To Kids With Autism

Source: By MICHELLE DIAMENT July 17, 2014

Disability Scoop

In what advocates are calling a major win, federal officials are for the first time telling states that Medicaid coverage must include treatments like applied behavior analysis for children with autism.

Medicaid programs nationwide must offer “medically necessary diagnostic and treatment services” to kids with autism, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services told states in a bulletin this month. That includes everything from speech and occupational therapy to personal care services and medical equipment, the agency said.

The services must be included in what’s known as the Early and Periodic Screening, Diagnosis and Treatment program, or EPSDT, a package of offerings that every state is required to provide children under age 21 who qualify for Medicaid.

The move comes in response to an increasing number of inquiries in recent years from states facing legal action for denying services to Medicaid beneficiaries with autism, Melissa Harris, director of the Division of Benefits and Coverage at CMS, told members of the Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee recently.

Read more: http://www.disabilityscoop.com/2014/07/17/feds-clarify-kids-autism/19519/
Posted by proverbialwisdom | Fri Jul 18, 2014, 03:44 PM (1 replies)

Related to this post although not specifically to the thread.

Posted by proverbialwisdom | Tue Jul 8, 2014, 12:32 PM (0 replies)

Robyn O'Brien | The New Food Economy | TEDxFrontRange2014

Robyn O'Brien | The New Food Economy | TEDxFrontRange2014
Published on Jun 19, 2014

Posted by proverbialwisdom | Thu Jun 26, 2014, 10:15 PM (0 replies)

168 Juveniles Recovered in Nationwide Operation Targeting Commercial Child Sex Trafficking

Source: FBI National Press Office

During the past week, the FBI; its local, state, and federal law enforcement partners; and the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC) conducted Operation Cross Country VIII, a week-long enforcement action to address commercial child sex trafficking throughout the United States. This operation included enforcement actions in 106 cities across 54 FBI field divisions nationwide and resulted in 168 recoveries of children who were being victimized through prostitution. Additionally, 281 pimps were arrested on state and federal charges.

“Targeting and harming America’s children through commercial sex trafficking is a heinous crime, with serious consequences,” said FBI Director James B. Comey. “Every child deserves to be safe and sound. Through targeted measures like Operation Cross Country, we can end the cycle of victimization.”

“Child sex traffickers create a living nightmare for their adolescent victims,” said Leslie R. Caldwell, Assistant Attorney General for the Criminal Division of the Department of Justice. “They use fear and force and treat children as commodities of sex to be sold again and again. This operation puts traffickers behind bars and rescues kids from their nightmare so they can start reclaiming their childhood.”

Operation Cross Country is part of the Innocence Lost National Initiative that was established in 2003 by the FBI’s Criminal Investigative Division, in partnership with the Department of Justice and NCMEC, to address the growing problem of child prostitution.

Read more: http://www.fbi.gov/news/pressrel/press-releases/168-juveniles-recovered-in-nationwide-operation-targeting-commercial-child-sex-trafficking
Posted by proverbialwisdom | Mon Jun 23, 2014, 08:37 PM (12 replies)

NRDC Switchboard - Thyroid and kids' brains: Using modern tools to screen food chemicals


Thyroid and kids' brains: Using modern tools to screen food chemicals

Posted June 17, 2014
Maricel V. Maffini, PhD’s Blog


The American Academy of Pediatrics’ Council on Environmental Health has just released a policy statement noting that “Adequate thyroid hormone production is critical in pregnant women and neonates because thyroid hormone is required for brain development in children.” Studies show that children born to mothers with low thyroid hormone have slow cognitive responses and impaired mental and motor development. The poster chemical for toxic effects on the thyroid is perchlorate. Perchlorate interferes with thyroid hormone function, likely causing neurodevelopmental problems in children. Even though the science behind perchlorate’s adverse effects on the thyroid is indisputable, and its mechanism is well understood, FDA approved its use as an anti-static agent in food containers in 2005. Want your confectionary sugar not to stick to the bag? Perchlorate does the trick!


Previously, we showed that there are 24 chemicals used as food ingredients that FDA identified in its own database as having adverse effects in the thyroid gland. But we know that less than 22% of the thousands of chemicals used as food ingredients have relevant toxicology information in FDA’s database. One alternative to fill in this massive data gap is to screen chemicals using new technologies that do not involve traditional animal testing, such as those developed under the Tox21 program — a multi-agency (including FDA) effort to quickly and efficiently identify potential toxic effects for thousands of chemicals that lack information.

To date, Tox21 has run nearly 8,000 chemicals (including chemicals in food and consumer products and drugs) through hundreds of tests (including interactions with the thyroid receptor), and has made these data available to the public. Nearly 1,800 chemicals reacted with the thyroid hormone receptor, and we checked to see how many of these chemicals were allowed in food and whether they were inhibiting or activating the receptor.

We identified 259 chemicals allowed in food or food packaging that the Tox21 data indicate were active in the thyroid receptor assays (based on data published in PubChem here and here):

26% (66 chemicals) were direct additives or food ingredients (these are chemicals added on purpose to the food and commonly listed as ingredients);

41% (107 chemicals) indirect additives or food contact substances (these are chemicals that can get into the food through the manufacturing process or leaching from packaging material); and

33% (86 chemicals) were pesticides used in agriculture that can end up in our food (more on food contact substances and pesticides on follow-up blogs - stay tuned!).

Of the 66 food ingredients that were active, 59 inhibit and 7 activate the function of the thyroid receptor. Fifty-nine percent (39 chemicals) of these ingredients were flavors (See the full list below). Four of the 66 food ingredients that were inhibitors of the thyroid receptor —ethoxyquin, FD&C Red No. 3, heptyl paraben and vitamin D3 — were already identified by FDA as having an adverse effect on the thyroid in animal studies. Some of you might be thinking, “Wait, isn’t vitamin D3 good for me?” Yes, in the right amount it can be good for you. Vitamins, like many other natural and man-made chemicals may have a range of safe doses outside which too much may cause harmful effects. Toxicology helps us identify the highest amount of an additive that can be consumed without causing adverse effects.

It’s worrisome that at any given time, a pregnant woman or a child may be assaulted by a slew of chemicals, all affecting their thyroid system. Each individual chemical may or may not have a harmful effect, but the real concern is that we know next to nothing about the cumulative effect of how being exposed to multiple chemicals can impact thyroid hormones and their ability to support the healthy development of a child’s brain. A cumulative effect occurs when two or more chemicals affect the same tissue, organ or system in the body.


Posted by proverbialwisdom | Thu Jun 19, 2014, 12:59 PM (2 replies)



Customer Questions & Answers

Q: How does the device connect to the internet to send alerts? If it's connected to the bluetooth on my phone and I leave the car, doesn't do much good?
A: We actually bought it to evaluate the technology (http://smallonessafety.com/our-story.html). We were developing our own technology (SOS, coming July) to remind you that you have a baby in the car: http://smallonessafety.com. Consumer Reports didn't have much good to say about the iAlert. I think they are going to stop making the iAlert. Bottom line: it doesn't work.


Published: September 19, 2013 09:00 AM
by Michelle Tsai

An average of 38 children die each year from heat stroke after being left in a hot car. It is a tragic mistake that can happen to anyone, particularly when someone alters his normal schedule. Despite public awareness campaigns, it has been difficult to prevent these horrible accidents, but an innovative new child safety seat may help.


Our preliminary findings are consistent with a study previously done by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia that found similar technologies unreliable. What’s more, the True Fit IAlert currently retails for a $299.99, exclusively through Amazon. That’s between $70 and $100 more than the standard True Fit C680 without the IAlert technology. A big price difference for a feature we’re not so sure of.

Rather than go the high-tech route, here are a few no-cost ways to remember your precious cargo in the back seat.

* Simple rule: Never leave a child unattended in a vehicle, not even for a minute. In addition to being dangerous, it is against the law in many states.

* Check the car to make sure that all occupants leave the vehicle or are carried out when unloading. If you lock the door with a key, rather than with a remote, it would force that one last look in the car before leaving it.

* Always lock your car and keep keys and remotes away from children.

* To serve as a reminder, keep a stuffed animal on the front passenger seat when carrying a child in the backseat.

* Place something in the backseat that you would need, such as a purse, briefcase or cell phone, when transporting kids.

* Have a plan that your childcare provider will call you if your child does not show up as scheduled.
Posted by proverbialwisdom | Thu Jun 19, 2014, 11:36 AM (0 replies)

RECOMMEND short interview with Stanford Professor Mark Jacobson in GASLAND 2 + following overview:


Stanford Professor Mark Jacobson at Pathways to 100% Renewable Energy Conference
April 13, 2013

Wind, water, and solar - PHENOMENAL WORK!
Posted by proverbialwisdom | Mon Jun 16, 2014, 01:21 PM (1 replies)

Assuming the accuracy of HBO VICE's fact-checking and based on still limited viewing, I agree.

Sparked by bananas' DU post on VICE's impressive Fukushima report, I watched parts of a pair of episodes on HBO GO (segments: Camden, 'scrappers,' and drones). As you expressed... More: http://connect.hbo.com/vice/

Only Philly.com appears to have covered the story - not nj.com, NYT, or other NY metropolitan region/national rags or tv/radio outlets.

VICE, per se, is huge (and international), apparently, and I'm reserving judgement on all that. US homepage: http://www.vice.com

11:30 PM - 13 Jun 14
VICE News @vicenews
On #VICEonHBO, we check out Camden NJ cops' surveillance tools & Sudan's humanitarian crisis: http://bit.ly/1jqpNst pic.twitter.com/EFcOenrbWY

VICE on HBO Debriefs: Surveillance City
By VICE News
June 14, 2014 | 7:40 am

Vikram Gandhi went to Camden, New Jersey, where the police are using cutting-edge surveillance technology to monitor the streets. This is his debrief from Season 2 Episode 12 of VICE on HBO.


WATCH: ‘Vice’ HBO finale features Camden’s crime problem

Nick Vadala, Philly.com
POSTED: MONDAY, JUNE 9, 2014, 11:49 AM

Last December, Rolling Stone’s Matt Taibbi penned “Apocalypse, New Jersey,” detailing Camden’s fall into crime and poverty and how police are surveilling the problem. Since then, it’s been denounced as “poverty porn” and held up as a fiery screed on our police sector’s growing ills. Now, Vice is getting in on the action.

The crew for Vice’s popular half-hour HBO news show made their way to Camden in February on the heels of Taibbi’s article to get a closer look at the story. Their take will air next week for the Show’s finale, a typical dual-topic episode that will fit Camden’s crime and surveillance problem next to the forgotten genocide in Darfur.

As the story goes, Camden police are essentially turning the city into a surveillance state in order to keep up with the high crime rate they’re faced with on a daily basis. The result, it seems, has been the removal of privacy from Camden’s residents in the name of better policing through technology.

Judging from the trailer, it seems to be that way. See for yourself below (Season 2 Episode 12 Preview): http://www.hbo.com/video/video.html?autoplay=true&vid=1380744#/

Related and recommended: http://www.democraticunderground.com/10025097506
Posted by proverbialwisdom | Sat Jun 14, 2014, 11:30 AM (1 replies)

AANS Neurosurgeon: Online. Anytime. By and For Neurosurgeons (Volume 23, Number 2, 2014)


June 11, 2014 9:00 — 0 Comments

Risks to Baby’s Brain Development from Wireless Radiation

A national public-awareness campaign, called the BabySafe Project is being coordinated to urge pregnant women to limit their exposure to wireless radiation from cell phones and other devices by taking simple steps to protect themselves and their unborn children. The effort is based on research that links exposure to wireless radiation from cell phones during pregnancy to neurological and behavioral problems in children. Although more research is needed to determine how the developing brain is affected, evidence suggests potential harm.

Researchers recommend taking simple precautions, such as avoiding carrying your cell phone on your body or avoiding prolonged or direct exposure to nearby Wi-Fi routers. To read more about this study, click here.

This article was written by AANS Neurosurgeon on Wednesday, June 11th, 2014 at 9:00 am.

Joel Moskowitz ‏@berkeleyprc 11h
Amer Assn Neurological Surgeons: Risks to Baby’s Brain Development from Wireless Radiation http://bit.ly/1linLPu
Posted by proverbialwisdom | Thu Jun 12, 2014, 08:50 PM (0 replies)

Let's Cook! with Richard Sherman and the Seattle Seahawks

Let's Cook! with Richard Sherman and the Seattle Seahawks

Published on May 29, 2014

Richard Sherman of the Super Bowl Champion Seattle Seahawks goes into the White House Kitchen to cook up something special.

More: https://twitter.com/FLOTUS
(Top tweet is pinned, updates below. Mentioned because it caused me to mistakenly regard account as inactive since May 7, lol)
Posted by proverbialwisdom | Thu Jun 5, 2014, 01:29 PM (1 replies)
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