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Autism DNA Databank

The creation of a DNA databank by researchers from 11 universities should spur the growth of knowledge about the genetic basis of autism. Hopefully the 3 year project will shed much needed light on a subject often characterized by heated emotion and entrenched positions.

11 research universities creating DNA databank for autism research with $10 million grant

The Associated Press
Published: January 10, 2007

ANN ARBOR, Michigan: Researchers at 11 universities will create a databank of DNA samples from 3,000 autism patients in an effort to identify different kinds of autism and develop treatments.

The University of Michigan will lead the three-year, $10 million (€7.7 million) effort funded by the Simons Foundation, the school announced this week.

The New York-based philanthropic group aims to spend $100 million (€77 million) long-term to find a cure for the developmental disorder that affects one in 200 children.

Adults and children with autism lack normal brain development in areas linked to social interaction and communication, but scientists do not know how many subtypes may exist. The gene data could help identify those types and treat newborns, said Catherine Lord, director of the Ann Arbor university’s Autism and Communication Disorders Center.

http://www.iht.com/articles/ap/2007/01/10/healthscience/NA-SCI-US-Autism-Research.php

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January 10, 2007 Posted by | Uncategorized | 1 Comment

Lyme Disease Induced Autism????


Lyme Disease Induced Autism??? Good grief Charlie Brown, what next? Turn the page on the calendar and it seems that a new cause has been found to explain what causes autism. MMR vaccines, thimerosal, Television, older dads (that one struck a chord with me as an older dad) now Lyme Disease is being touted as a primary cause of autism (purportedly 90% of children with autism are infected with Lyme Disease). I am amazed by this one because I did not know that Lyme Disease was that widespread and did not know that data had been kept correlating LD in some way with Autism. Meanhwile there is actually a Lyme Induced Autism Foundation which has been formed by parents and they are hosting a physician’s think tank session January 26-28 in San Diego. Lyme Induced Autism? I will try to keep an open mind as the research continues but after all the thimerosal controversy I say show me the proof.

Why are doctors saying that up to 90% of children with autism are infected with Lyme disease? The Lyme Induced Autism Foundation is holding a physicians’ Think Tank on January 26-28th in San Diego, CA to discuss this recent finding.

Corona, CA (PRWEB) January 9, 2007 — New reports indicate up to 90% of children with autism are infected with Lyme disease. With autism at a staggering 1 out of 166 children, parents are questioning this new finding.

Doctors and parents alike have been examining the potential causes of autism for years, some of which include thimerosol filled injections, environmental factors and most recently Lyme disease. With more doctors supporting the link between Lyme disease and autism, parents have joined forces to create the Lyme Induced Autism Foundation.

The foundation is holding a physicians’ Think Tank on January 26-28th in San Diego, CA to discuss this recent finding. Co-founder Tami Duncan states, “The Think Tank is an opportunity to bring the Lyme disease specialists and the autism specialists together to create testing and treatment options for our kids.” This is a groundbreaking effort which hopefully will analyze this even further to provide some answers to families.

Duncan says, “We are not saying that Lyme disease is the exact cause of autism for every single child. Let me clarify; what we are saying is that Lyme Disease could be an inciting factor that is suppressing the child’s immune system, which would make them more susceptible to heavy metal toxicity, environmental factors, etc. There are a large subset of autistic children in which this is happening. However, most children with Lyme Induced Autism cannot begin to heal until this infection is under control. Parents want their children healed of autism.”

Where is the proof that Lyme disease is a factor in autism? Currently, several doctors have stepped forward talking about this. Dr. Warren Levin of Vienna, VA recently appeared on the online radio show on http://www.autismone.com hosted by Duncan called “The Lyme-Autism Connection”. He stated that of the 10 children with autism he tested for Lyme disease, 100% of them also came back positive for Lyme disease.

But more proof is needed to convince parents and the medical community to take action. The Lyme Induced Autism Foundation has announced its first fundraiser called “Laughter for Healing” at the Improv comedy club in Irvine, CA on February 24th, 2007.“

http://www.prweb.com/releases/Lyme_disease/Autism/prweb495433.htm

The Lyme Induced Autism Foundation site can be found at:

http://www.lymeinducedautism.com/

January 10, 2007 Posted by | Uncategorized | 1 Comment