Possible New Autism Diagnosis..An expert panel appointed by the American Psychiatric Association is looking to re-define how to categorize Autism. Some of the proposed changes would lead to a drastically reduced rate of diagnosis, which “may make it harder for many people who would no longer meet the criteria to get health, educational and social services”. In particular, many diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome (in which many patients display similar social deficits as those with Autism) would no longer qualify under the new Autism rules. Read more on this. Continue reading
Hope everyone is doing well in the new year! The health issues in recent news involve Wal-Mart, autism, melanoma, birth control, and Vitaminwater.
1)Wal-Mart Promotes Health… Wal-Mart announced that in the next five years, they will make many of their packaged foods lower in salts, fats, and sugars, and will lower prices on fruits and vegetables. The decision comes as a result of discussions the company had with Michelle Obama, who has lead a crusade on childhood obesity.
2)Autism and Vaccines may not be linked…A British study that linked autism to vaccinations has been called an “elaborate fraud”. The study altered or misrepresented the medical history of the patients, and the doctor in charge was stripped of his medical license. After the study was published in 1998, childhood vaccination rates decreased dramatically, particularly for measles, mumps, and rubella. Rates of infection of all three has also increased in the last decade.