Researchers devise a more ‘child-friendly’ test for autism

Source: Medical News Today
Written by: Maria Cohut

The current methods of diagnosing autism in children use questionnaires and psychologist evaluations. However, these methods can be stressful for those at a young age. New research now suggests an easy, more stress-free test that simply tracks the gaze.

“The current approaches to determining if someone has autism are not really child-friendly,” notes Mehrshad Sadria, who is currently pursuing a master’s degree at the University of Waterloo in Canada.

Sadria and colleagues have been busy looking for an alternative means of diagnosing autism — which specialists refer to as autism spectrum disorder (ASD) — early on in life. Click here to read therest of the story.

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20 Great Resources on Cystic Fibrosis

Infographic by IVS Solutions

Infographic by IVS Solutions

 

October is Cystic Fibrosis Awareness Month. According to the Center for Control Diseases (CDC), Cystic Fibrosis (CF) is a chronic, progressive and frequently fatal disease of the body’s mucus glands. CF primary affects the respiratory and digestive systems in children and young adults. In the United States, approximately 30,000  people are diagnosed with CF. 1 out of 3,200 Caucasian births and 1 out of 15,000 African American births.

Below are a number of resources on Cystic Fibrosis.

Medical Sites- The following sites contain information on symptoms, definition, causes, risk factors, test, diagnosis and treatment:

Kids Health
Mayo Clinic
Medicine Net
Medline Plus
Medscape
NIH (National Heart, Lungs and Blood Institute)
PubMed Health
Wikipedia

 

Organizations

Boomer Esiason Foundation-group of passionate, dedicated individuals who work every day to raise money, awareness, and support for the cystic fibrosis community.
Cystic Fibrosis Foundation-The mission of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation is to cure cystic fibrosis and to provide all people with the disease the opportunity to lead full, productive lives by funding research and drug development, promoting individualized treatment and ensuring access to high-quality, specialized care.

 

Twitter Accounts to Follow

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Cure Cystic Fibrosis
Cystic Fibrosis Kids
Cystic Fibrosis News
Cystic Fibrosis Teen
Cystic Fibrosis Trust
Cystic Fibrosis_ South Australia
Cystic Fibrosis_Western Australia
Medical News Today_ Cystic Fibrosis
Team Cystic Fibrosis