Nutrition Health Review

FALL 2017

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14 N u t r i t i o n H e a l t h Rev i ew 10 Blogs for Parents of Children With Autism One of the great things about the internet is that it makes it easier for people to find informaƟon about illnesses and disorders. Medical News Today made a list of the 10 best blogs to follow for informaƟon about auƟsm spectrum disorder (ASD), which affects 1 in 68 children in the United States. 1. AuƟsm Speaks: Two grandparents of a child with auƟsm started this organizaƟon, and they have a blog that provides informaƟon on a variety of topics, such as advice for teachers working with students with ASD. 2. SeaƩle Children's AuƟsm Blog: This website shares general news about auƟsm as well as original content from experts in mulƟple specialƟes, such as nurses and psychologists. 3. The AuƟsm Dad: As the name of the blog suggests, a father of three children with ASD created this blog. He likes to share stories of his experiences raising his children and provide Ɵps on how to best embrace it. 4. AuƟsm Daddy: This blog is also wriƩen by the father of a child with auƟsm. The blog is mostly "comical ranƟng" about his experiences, but he also includes inspiraƟonal stories about his relaƟonship with his son. 5. The Thinking Person's Guide to AuƟsm: Run by the Myers-Rosa FoundaƟon, this website provides evidence-based informaƟon on auƟsm as well as shares the experiences of those who care for people with auƟsm. 6. Four Plus an Angel: A mother provides updates on raising four children, including one who has auƟsm. She posts a variety of experience-based arƟcles, such as how to raise a teen with auƟsm. 7. AuƟsm with a Side of Fries: The mother of a 12-year-old boy blogs frequently about what it's like to have a child on the auƟsm spectrum and the "humorous and honest" stories that come with it. 8. AuƟsm Learning Felt: This blog is more informaƟonal, providing info on auƟsm research and product reviews. The author is the mother of a child with auƟsm. 9. AuƟsm Mom: A mix of parenƟng arƟcles and tools for being a parent of a child with auƟsm, this blog has it all when it comes to staying informed about ASD. 10. Just a Lil Blog: The blog's tag line is "The true life adventures of an auƟsƟc liƩle girl and her big sister," which just about sums it up. There are all kinds of stories about the two sisters, as told by their father. Source: Nichols H. The 10 best auƟsm blogs. October 19, 2017. Medical News Today. hƩps://Ɵcles/319809.php. Accessed December 12, 2017. Debunking a Dangerous Myth: Vaccines are not linked to autsm! T here has been and sƟll exists a debate regarding whether vaccines administered at the start of an infant's life have any connecƟon to the development of auƟsm. This has caused a major public health issue, aŌer concerned parents began opƟng out of these iniƟal vaccines, raising the chances of an outbreak of diseases such as measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR). Despite the claims of fervent believers, there have been countless studies that disprove this connecƟon as enƟrely mythical. One meta-analysis in parƟcular analyzed several cohort studies, which included over a million children, and reported there is no connecƟon between auƟsm and the MMR vaccine, thimerosal, or mercury. Source: Taylor LE, Swerdfeger AL, Eslick GD. Vaccines are not associated with auƟsm: an evidence-based meta-analysis of case-control and cohort studies. Vaccine. 2014 Jun 17;32(29):3623-9.

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