N.J. judge: Mother can’t bring medical marijuana to her child at school

TRENTON — The mother of a teenage New Jersey girl with epilepsy cannot come to school to feed her daughter cannabis oil that has helped control her seizures, a state judge ruled Tuesday, saying state and federal drug possession laws trump their right to use medical marijuana on school grounds. Half of the states in the […]

British Celebs go twitter crazy for autism Anti bullying poster

London, UK – Twitters British glitterati have been sharing and re-tweeting a poster created by a 20 year old autistic and epileptic from Uxbridge, London. Angelo Kennedy, son of Autism advocate Anna Kennedy OBE, is featured on a  poster for his mother’s anti bullying and autism awareness “Give Us A Break” campaign, a bullying and […]

Brain Study May Shed Light on Autism, Schizophrenia, and other Disorders

Scientists know that disorders such as autism, schizophrenia, epilepsy, and intellectual disability are the result of differences in the brain. New findings on how the brain is organized during early childhood could be a factor in these disorders, and offer scientists a platform for future research. A newborn baby’s brain is not very organized. There […]

Did the New York Times get it wrong in linking Autism and Cancer genes?

Research into two unrelated genetic mutations in cells have shown a link between a specific cancer gene and Autism, say the New York Times. This is based on research conducted by the University of Washington into mutates cancer gene, called PTEN. Around 10% of people with the mutation, which causes cancers of the breast, colon, thyroid […]

The Confusion Between Autism and Co Morbid Conditions

I was asked today by a member in my support group what the differences between autism and learning difficulties are. They had been informed by a well known autism charity that autism is a learning difficulty. This is not the case at all and I felt the need to break down exactly what autism is […]

‘Awakenings’ author, neurologist Oliver Sacks dies at 82

After earning a medical degree at Oxford, Sacks moved to the United States in 1960 and completed a medical internship in San Francisco and a neurology residency at the University of California, Los Angeles. He moved to New York in 1965 and began decades of neurology practice. At a Bronx hospital he met the profoundly […]

The Punishment Gap: Schools Discipline Special Ed Students at Higher Rates

By Nate Robson First appeared in Oklahoma Watch here. Reprinted with Permission. In Jenks Public Schools, campus police physically restrained and handcuffed a second-grade special education student. His crime? He ran to the playground to escape a noisy classroom. At Tulsa Public Schools, officials called a father and told him to pick up his 6-year-old daughter, […]

Autism and other physical problems. Double diagnosis?

Can your child tell you when he feels ill or when he is in pain? Or let you know if he was feeling dizzy or faint? If not then you need to be aware of the symptoms and signs of the next three physical problems so that you can get professional advice and help if your […]

Research finds a way to determine who is at risk of developing either psychosis or autism

Los Angeles — Researchers from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) and the University of Pittsburgh in Pennsylvania may have found a way to determine if a young child is at risk of developing either autism, or psychosis. In a study published in the journal PLOS One, the scientists reported that they have successfully […]

Study finds girls with mild autism susceptible to treatment-resistant epilepsy

New York — In a study published in the June issue of Autism Research, researchers at the New York University observed that girls with mild autism are susceptible to what scientists call ‘treatment-resistant’ epilepsy. It has long been observed by researchers that girls appear less likely to develop autism than boys, and that a significant number […]