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By Mendy Hecht

July 12, 2018

Baby teeth may predict autism

New York, NY— A new study by the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York City suggests that zinc and copper metabolism cycles in the layers of baby teeth may be able to predict which children will develop autism spectrum disorder (ASD).


This is the first study to generate a 90-percent accurate biomarker of autism by tracking metabolic pathways over time and could lead to new diagnostic tools, reported Icahn’s Paul Curtin, PhD and colleagues.


Using novel tooth-matrix biomarkers that directly measured uptake of elements, the researchers found that children who later developed autism had disrupted zinc-copper rhythmicity in utero or in their earliest months of life.


"We looked at the naturally shed teeth of children and explored them much as you would explore the growth rings of a tree, he told MedPage Today.



Autism rates continue to climb, experts don’t know why

Atlanta, GA — According to the latest data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), autism rates in schoolchildren jumped 15 percent between 2012 and 2014, continuing a two-decade rise.


The report does not detail the reasons for the increase.


In a count of 11 communities across the United States, about one in 59 eight-year-olds had autism in 2014—up from one in 68 in 2012.  Overall, autism rates have climbed 150 percent since 2000, when the figure was one in 150 children.


The rise is partly driven by increasing diagnoses among African-American and Hispanic children, who are narrowing the diagnostic gap with their white classmates.


In the 2012 report, white children were diagnosed 50 percent more often than Hispanic children and 20 percent more than African-American children.  In the latest report, that gap shrunk to 20 percent among Hispanics and 10 percent among blacks.


The report is published every two years by the Autism and Developmental Disabilities Monitoring Network, a CDC-funded tracking system that assesses more than 300,000 eight-year-old children for the disorder.



Baker with Down Syndrome opens own bakery after job rejection

Boston, MA — Collette Divitto, 26, has always been an avid baker.


Ever since she was 15 years old, Collette Divitto has been baking up a storm in her family’s kitchen.  She truly had a passion for baking, and she knew that it was what she wanted to do for the rest of her life.


When realized she wanted to make a career out of her passion for baking, she started applying for jobs in Boston.  But she was rejected by bakeries who told her she had great skills, but was not “a good fit,” according to her website.


People who would interview her knew that she was nice but said that she didn’t fit their needs. She felt rejected over the situation.


But she didn’t give up and continued following her dream.


With the help of her mother and her sister, she started her own cookie company, Collettey’s.


Soon after their company was started, they received a recurring order from Boston’s Golden Goose Market.  By December of 2016, she had 10,000 orders for over 50,000 cookie deliveries.


“My biggest success so far is how big my company is growing, which means I can start hiring people with and without disabilities,” she says.


According to a Bureau of Labor Statistics report, 10.7 percent of people with a disability who are actively looking for work were unemployed in 2015.  That’s twice the unemployment rate of people without a disability.