November 6, 2008

“You Spin Me Right ‘Round, Baby”

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I am happy to report that my BFF, Luke, returned the Landspeeder to me.  Don’t tell him I told you, but he’s really touchy… I said one thing about Yoda’s ears and SNATCH… the hover was gone!

I’ll do my best not to overwhelm with you with posts tonight since I’ll be able to get info at near-lightening speed.

While doing my research for tonight’s post, the subject matter reminded me of this 80s song.  Don’tcha just love one-hit wonders?

For the paranoid, I am about to deliver you more information to send you screaming out the door, hair in flames, pleading with the heavens to stop torturing you.

Here’s goes…

If you witness your infant playing “strangely” with their toys i.e. spinning them or rotating them more than other babes… they may later be diagnosed with autism.

I’m telling you this because now you have one more thing to add to the nonsense-to-look-out-for-in-hopes-that-your-child-won’t-contract-autism list that’s hanging on your fridge.

And for the record… I’m not making this stuff up.

A little over an hour ago, Reuters UK reported,

Babies who were later diagnosed with autism played with toys in unusual ways, spinning or rotating them more than other babies, U.S. researchers reported on Thursday.

Their findings, reported in the journal Autism, might help doctors and parents identify children at risk of autism and start to help them earlier, the researchers said.

Babies who went on to develop autism also stared noticeably at objects such as bottles or looked at them out of the corners of their eyes, Sally Ozonoff of the University of California Davis and colleagues found.

“There is an urgent need to develop measures that can pick up early signs of autism, signs present before 24 months,” Ozonoff said in a statement.

So there you have it.

I wish you well.

P.S.

Most evidence suggests it (autism) is caused by a combination of genetic and early environmental factorsperhaps even before birth. It is usually diagnosed by age 3.

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