Lets Talk-When Developmental Disorders Strike   Leave a comment

Autism has long been a serious health condition.  The difficulties on family or affected children is on the rise as

is many behavioral or developmental disabilities.  Health Day News- states 1 in 6 US children now has a

developmental disability such as Autism, learning disorders, or attention deficit disorder/hyperactivity

disorder (ADHD) according to new research from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

That number appears to be rising from about 12.8 percent in 1997-1999 to 15 percent in 2006-2008 or

an additional 1.8 million U.S. children.  Much of the cases seem to be driven by the rising ratio of autism

and ADHD experts say.  “The most important message here is rising awareness of the importance of this

as a health problem and one we need to address” said author Coleen Boyle, director of  the U.S. National

Center of Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities.  “Children are our future, and many of these

children can grow up to be productive citizens,  so we need to invest in programs to help facilitate their

development.”   The number of children is on the rise, or are parents and doctors getting better at detecting

cases?  One unanswered question is whether greater awareness and efforts to diagnose kids is the only

explanation, or if there are actually a greater percentage of kids who are being born with or developing

disabilities such as autism and ADHD in life. -(end Of Health Day)

At Immunotec we are proud of our ongoing researches with one of them being a 2 year study on Autism as follows:

NSU And Immunotec Start Clinical Trial In Autism

Nova Southeastern University (NSU) and the dietary supplement company Immunotec announced that they will conduct a new research study to determine the effects of a supplement to improve behaviors in children with Autism Spectrum Disorder.The 2-year study will investigate the effects of a cysteine-rich whey protein isolate in children diagnosed with autism. The primary function of this research is to establish whether taking a 90-day diet of cysteine-rich whey proteins (which comes in a powder form), will have a positive effect on autistic behaviors. Improvements in affected behaviors may result in an enhanced quality of life for both children and their families. During the clinical study, there will be an analysis of the children’s exhibited behaviors.Autism is a neurodevelopmental disorder currently affecting as many as 1 in110 children in the United States. The conventional treatment for autism is centered on special schooling and behavioral therapy, and other conventional medical treatments. Whey protein isolate, which is used in this study, is a derivative of dairy product manufacturing, and is commonly used as a dietary supplement or food additive ingredient.The NSU-Immunotec study’s principal investigator is Ana Maria Castejon, Ph.D., who is an associate professor at NSU’s College of Pharmacy. She and her research team are very enthusiastic about the potential outcomes of this study. “Parents and caregivers are trying different approaches that have gained significant popularity, but have not been proven to be effective,” Castejon said.Gary S. Margules, Sc.D., Nova Southeastern University vice president of research and technology transfer, called the study an “outstanding example of the multidisciplinary approach to clinical research”.

Castejon is joined by co-investigators at NSU’s Mailman Segal Center for Human Development. These researchers have vast experience in children with developmental disorders, specifically in the area of autism behavior.

“We are delighted to have the opportunity to collaborate with Dr. Margules, Dr. Castejon and their research team. This joint collaborative clinical research initiative marks an important milestone for Immunotec in the field of autism,” said John Molson, Vice- President Research & Development at Immunotec Inc.

Source: Nova Southeastern University

We have four particular studies going on right now in the U.S. and Canada but I particularly wanted to mention this
one as our children are our future.

Posted May 30, 2012 by jayci3 in Health

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