Probiotics AND Digestive Enzymes TOGETHER

By Maday Labrador, Ph.D – Vice President of Scientific Affairs for Enzymedica Food intolerances are common, even people who maintain a healthy diet may have challenges with digestion from time to time.  These adverse reactions can be in response to a particular food or compound found in food.  I think almost everyone knows someone who […]

Folic Acid and Pregnancy in the Prevention of Autism

 By Dr. Richard Frye – Director of Autism Research at Arkansas Children’s Hospital at University of Arkansas Medical Sciences   Autism, as we know, affects a significant proportion of our children, and the prevalence continues to rise. Unfortunately, neither the cause nor effective treatment is readily available. For many decades it has been assumed that […]

Will a New Genetic Blood Test for Autism Improve Early Detection?

By Dr. Bob Sears, Pediatrician and TACA Physician Advisory Member Researchers at the Children’s Hospital of Boston have developed a genetic test to detect the most common gene mutations that occur in children with autism (1.) It is hoped that the new test can be used to detect autism earlier than current methods of observational […]

Gut-Brain Connection? Leaky Gut? No longer “Crazy Talk” says AAP

By Dr. Bob Sears, Pediatrician and TACA Physician Advisory Member The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has just taken a giant leap toward recognizing the association between gastrointestinal problems and Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD.) The November 2012 issue of their journal, Pediatrics, has a 200-page supplement entitled Improving Health Care for Children and Youth With […]

Many children with autism have other health problems

By Lisa Ackerman Recently, a new study has announced: Many children with autism have other health problems. Source: http://health.usnews.com/health-news/news/articles/2012/09/25/many-children-with-autism-have-other-health-problems-study-says I am thrilled to see this evidence finally reported. Parents living with autism have been sharing thousands of these stories with TACA every year. The hallmark of the autism diagnosis is the inability to communicate or […]

Stem Cell update: IN THE NEWS

By Lisa Ackerman Today, the 2012 Nobel Prize winning discovery goes to two scientists researching stem cells. Please read the news: http://news.yahoo.com/analysis-reprogrammed-cells-open-medical-window-150024485.html Some important information was cited in this groundbreaking news and award: While researchers have already applied the scientific breakthroughs of Britain’s John Gurdon and Japan’s Shinya Yamanaka to study how diseases develop, making […]

MAPS conference wrapping up in Florida

By Lisa Ackerman MAPS conference is wrapping up there second conference in Orlando, FL with almost 200 physicians today. It warms my heart that these doctors looking to learn to help individuals with autism and listen to family’s concerns. It is a beautiful step forward and treatment is important to the thousands of families like […]

Stem cells and autism

By Lisa Ackerman We know stem cell therapy offer treatment solutions for many other conditions (such as leukemia, lymphoma and other issues.)  A newly approved FDA pilot study will look at stem cell therapy from cord blood & autism as a possible solution for treatment. The timeline for this pilot study is 1-2 years. Some […]

An Immune Disorder at the Root of Autism

By Lisa Ackerman An article featured in The New York Times on August 25, 2012 titled “An Immune Disorder at the Root of Autism” (1) provided a breath of fresh air for families living with autism. It is important to note that New York Times writer Moises Velasquez-Manoff wrote the article as an opinion piece. […]

Educating the Next Generation Autism Doctors

by Guest Blogger:  Sandra Haines, MAPS Executive Director “Complicated” If ever there was one word that could utterly define everything about autism, “complicated” is it. Parents and physicians alike grapple with the complexities that are the world of autism.  Children on the spectrum face complicated learning issues and medical conditions.  Physicians who commit to helping […]

A Mouse Model for the Immune Dysregulation Subtype of Autism

 By guest blogger & TACA Physician Advisory Member:  Dr. Cindy Schneider A landmark paper was published this week in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.  Researchers at the California Institute of Technology have successfully created an animal model for autism.[i]  By injecting mice with synthetic double-strand RNA, they were able to precipitate an […]

A huge loss in the scientific community looking into autism

Guest blogger & TACA Physician Advisory:  Dr. Elizabeth Mumper The mother was beautiful, smart, and resourceful. She dedicated most of her life to the care of her son who had autism. Her voice cracked during her phone call when she told me, “my son died during the night.” Her son was 20 years old. He […]

The Annual Cost of Autism

By Lisa Ackerman In May, new figures were released highlighting a huge increase in the annual costs of autism which have soared to $137 billion a year (1). This represents a three-fold increase within the last decade. If you ask “who pays for autism?” my answer would be everyone. We know many families living with […]

DSM 5: LAST CALL TO ACTION. Proposed Changes in the Autism Diagnostic Criteria

By Holly Bortfeld DSM-5 Draft Criteria Open for Public Comment Mental health diagnostic manual available for final online comment period The DSM – Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders published by the American Psychiatric Association – is like a giant catalog of diagnoses. It’s the “bible” that lists the criteria for each disorder. DSM-IV-TR […]

The Autism Epidemic continues to rage on…

Will the new CDC autism rates make this disease a priority? By Lisa Ackerman Back in 1999, I was lost. I didn’t know what autism was. It was a foreign word with a vague reference to the movie Rain Man and a character played by Dustin Hoffman.  Back then, when I started searching for answers […]

MAPS – new physicians group for autism & chronic conditions

Editors Note: Parents of children living on the autism spectrum should be excited about MAPS. In 2012, the MAPS physicians training and certification group is the next generation in physician leadership for chronic conditions including autism. I am very excited about assisting with this important project and know this will provide great assistance to families […]

A Physician’s Perspective on the Proposed DSM-5 Autism Diagnostic Criteria

By Dr. Bob Sears- TACA Physician Advisor   With the upcoming proposed changes in the DSM – 5 diagnostic criteria for autism, many parents are worried that their child may no longer qualify for much-needed services. One 2009 study published in Pediatrics (1) revealed that almost 40% of children who were previously diagnosed with autism improved so […]

Hope by the Numbers…

If you missed this great article in the last printed newsletter, check it out here. Since 2006, TACA has provided medical scholarships to families living with autism. These scholarships help families pay for physician-prescribed services, and include stop gap medical treatments, independent assessments, and other necessary crisis funding. The stories we hear from scholarship recipients […]