Week in Review - November 28, 2014

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November 28, 2014 - Vol 10, Issue 48


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Welcome toNASET'sWEEK in REVIEWHere, we provide you with the latest publications fromNASETto read and or download, as well as some of the most interesting articles that have happened this week in the field of special education. We hope you enjoy this publication.  Feel free to send us articles for this publication or let us know your thoughts about theWEEK in REVIEWatnews@naset.org.Have a great weekend.


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Preterm-Birth Complications Leading Global Killer of Young Children

More than 3,000 children under the age of 5 die worldwide each day from preterm birth complications, making it the leading cause of death among young children, a new study reports. That means that for the first time in history, complications from preterm births are the leading killer of young children around the globe, according to the researchers. Complications from preterm birth caused nearly 1.1 million of the 6.3 million deaths of children under age 5 in 2013. Direct complications from preterm birth caused 965,000 deaths among children up to 28 days old, and another 125,000 deaths among children aged 1 month to 5 years, the report authors said. To read more,click here

Seinfeld Now Says He Doesn't Have Autism

Comedian Jerry Seinfeld is backing off comments he made earlier this month suggesting that he may be on the autism spectrum. In an interview with Access Hollywood, Seinfeld clarified that he does not have the developmental disorder. "I don't have autism. I'm not on the spectrum," the 60-year-old comic said. "I just was watching this play about it and thought, why am I relating to something? I related to it on some level. That's all I was saying." To read more,click here

MRI Can Be Painful, Disruptive for People With Cochlear Implants

Some people with cochlear implants experience pain, discomfort and problems with the implant's internal magnet when they undergo an MRI scan, a new study finds. According to background information supplied by the researchers, about 300,000 people worldwide have cochlear implants, devices which provide a sense of sound to people who are deaf or have severe hearing loss. There have been prior reports of problems among people with cochlear implants when undergoing MRI. To read more,click here



Board Certification in Special Education Available to NASET Members

Through an agreement with The American Academy of Special Education Professionals(AASEP), NASET members now have the opportunity to achieve AASEP Board Certification in Special Education - (B.C.S.E.) at a reduced fee.  AASEP Board Certification in Special Education - (B.C.S.E.) is a voluntary choice on the part of the candidate. The candidate for Board Certification wishes to demonstrate a commitment to excellence to employers, peers, administrators, other professionals, and parents. From the standpoint of the Academy, board certification will demonstrate the highest professional competency in the area of special education. Board Certification in Special Educationestablishes a much needed standard for professionals, across disciplines, who work with exceptional children.


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A 3-D, Talking Map for the Blind (and Everyone Else)

These maps are made for talking. And touching. And they're beautiful, too. Touch-responsive maps bring interactive wayfinding to a new level, providing independence to the visually impaired. In partnership with Touch Graphics Inc., developers at the University at Buffalo's Center for Inclusive Design and Environmental Access (IDeA Center) have built and tested a new kind of interactive wayfinder: 3-D maps that vocalize building information and directions when touched. The technology is designed with an important mission in mind: to help visually impaired visitors navigate public spaces like museums and college campuses. To read more,click here

Cost of Diabetes Care Keeps Climbing, Report Shows

The cost of diabetes care in the United States has increased 48 percent in recent years, climbing to more than $322 billion annually, a new report shows. Even greater increases in cost were seen with prediabetes care, which have risen 74 percent, and undiagnosed diabetes, which have jumped 82 percent, the researchers added. In 2012, excess medical costs and lost productivity associated with diabetes totaled more than $1,000 for every American. That total includes $244 billion in medical costs -- including doctor's office and hospital visits, prescription drugs and other health conditions such as high blood pressure and kidney complications -- and $78 billion in lost work productivity. To read more,click here

Vote Planned On Tax-Free Disability Savings Accounts

With little time to spare, a vote will happen this year on a bill that would allow people with disabilities to save money without jeopardizing their benefits, a key member of Congress says. U.S. Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, R-Wash., said Wednesday that the House of Representatives will hold a floor vote on the Achieving a Better Life Experience, or ABLE, Act next month. "As the mom of a son who was born with an extra 21st chromosome, I understand firsthand how federal policies can limit - not expand - opportunities for those with disabilities. To read more,click here

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Congratulations to: Olumide Akerele, Alexandra Pirard, Marilyn Haile, Pamela Downing-Hosten and Prahbhjot Malhi who all knew the answer to last week's trivia question: According to the latest research from the March of Dimes, preterm births in the United States fell by what percentage in 2013, the lowest rate in 17 years?--ANSWER:  11.4%
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Kids Who Need Heart Transplant Should Get the First Available, Study Says

Children who need a heart transplant may be better off if they get a new heart as soon as possible rather than waiting for a perfect match, according to a new study. Researchers assessed 10-year survival among more than 2,700 children in the United States after they were put on the heart transplant list. Some of the kids received the first suitable heart, even if they had immune system antibodies that might lead to rejection of the new organ. Other children waited for a heart to which they did not have antibodies. To read more,click here

Toymaker Wants Playtime To Be More Inclusive

The maker of childhood classics like Mr. Potato Head, Play-Doh and Connect 4 is looking to ensure that kids with developmental disabilities know how to engage with its toys too. Hasbro Inc. said Wednesday it is introducing a series of online videos and other tools to help children with disabilities learn to play with seven toys in its lineup. The offering called "ToyBox Tools" is designed to help kids learn what each toy is all about, how to put the item together and presents children with alternative ways to engage independently or with peers. To read more,click here

Head Trauma in Abused Babies, Toddlers Can Have Lifelong Impact

Half of children who experience a severe abusive head trauma before the age of 5 will die before they turn 21, according to a new study. In addition, among those who survive severe injuries, quality of life will be cut in half, the study found. Abusive head trauma includes shaken baby syndrome, in which an infant or toddler is shaken and suffers head injuries, according to background information in the study. In the United States, "at least 4,500 children a year suffer preventable abusive head trauma," said lead researcher Ted Miller, of the Pacific Institute for Research and Evaluation, in Calverton, Md. To read more,click here

Global Surge in ADHD Diagnosis has More to do with Marketing than Medicine, Expert Suggests

A new article attributes ADHD's global growth to five trends: expanded, overseas lobbying efforts by drug companies; the growth of biological psychiatry; the adaptation of the American-based Diagnostic and Statistical Manual standards, which are broader and have a lower threshold for diagnosing ADHD; promotion of pharmaceutical treatments by ADHD advocacy groups that work closely with drug companies; and the easy availability of ADHD information and self-diagnosis via the Internet.To read more,click here

Asthma Raises Heart Attack Risk, Research Suggests

People suffering from asthma who have to take medication every day to control it may face an increased risk of heart attack, new research suggests. And a second study confirms that having active asthma also increases your heart risk. "People with asthma should make an effort to optimally control their asthma symptoms, because proper asthma control not only improves asthma symptoms and quality of life but also reduces the risk of heart attack," said Dr. Young Juhn, a pediatrics professor at the Mayo Clinic who was lead researcher on one of the studies. To read more,click here

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Kids Born to Overweight Moms May Face Higher Heart Risks as Adults

Overweight or obese women who get pregnant are much more likely to have a child who suffers from heart disease as an adult, new research suggests. But it looks like environment may play a greater role than genetics in that trend, the researchers added. "Mothers who are overweight teach behaviors, and those behaviors are passed on," said study author Dr. Michael Mendelson. He is a research fellow at the Framingham Heart Study, Boston University and the Boston Children's Hospital. To read more,click here

Teens with Earlier School Start Times Have Higher Motor Vehicle Crash Rates

A new study suggests that teen drivers who start class earlier in the morning are involved in significantly more motor vehicle accidents than peers with a later high school start time. The results underscore the importance of the "Awake at the Wheel" campaign of the National Healthy Sleep Awareness Project.Results show that the weekday crash rate for teen drivers during the 2009 to 2010 school year was about 29 percent higher in Chesterfield County, Va., where high school classes began at 7:20 a.m., than in adjacent Henrico County, Va., where classes started at 8:45 a.m. Similar results were found for the 2010 to 2011 school year, when the weekday crash rate for 16-17 year old teens in Chesterfield County was about 27 percent higher than for those in Henrico County. In contrast, there was no difference in adult crash rates in the two counties for either year. A secondary analysis evaluating the causes and types of crashes found that Chesterfield County adolescents had a significantly higher rate of run-off-road crashes, which is a common feature of drowsy driving accidents. To read more,click here

Young Children, Energy Drinks a Dangerous Mix

The potential dangers of energy drinks, those highly caffeinated beverages that promise to stave off sleepiness, are well known, but a new study suggests that even young children are at risk. Although the target markets for energy drinks are typically teens and young adults, more than 40 percent of reports to U.S. poison control centers in a three-year period involved children under the age of 6, said study author Dr. Steven Lipshultz, pediatrician-in-chief at Children's Hospital of Michigan, in Detroit. To read more,click here

Do Spinal Cord Injuries Cause Subsequent Brain Damage?

Most research on spinal cord injuries has focused on effects due to spinal cord damage and scientists have neglected the effects on brain function. University of Maryland School of Medicine (UM SOM) researchers have found for the first time that spinal cord injuries (SCI) can cause widespread and sustained brain inflammation that leads to progressive loss of nerve cells, with associated cognitive problems and depression. The research, published recently in two articles, one in of the Journal of Neuroscience, the other in Cell Cycle, highlights the close links between spinal cord injury and loss of brain function, and suggests potential treatment to prevent such changes.To read more,click here

Mom's Weight Might Influence Baby's Earliest Development

A mother's weight before pregnancy may affect her embryo's early development and possibly the long-term health of the child, a new study suggests. "Previous studies have indicated that a mother's weight at conception is associated with increased risk of cardiovascular and metabolic diseases in the children later in life," Dr. Roger Sturmey, from the Center for Cardiovascular and Metabolic Research at the University of Hull in England, said in a university news release. To read more,click here

How to Get Teens, Young Adults with Chronic Conditions to Take Their Medications

Many young patients with chronic conditions don't take their medications correctly, but two new studies point to ways to address such medication non-adherence. "Young adult patients are at a critical point in their educational, psychological, and professional development that will shape their future life. Increasing the survival of their transplants will lead to higher levels of education and employment rates, which will be financially beneficial to society," said one researcher.To read more,click here

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Fewer Infants Dying Than Before, CDC Reports

More babies are being born at full term, resulting in fewer infant deaths, U.S. health officials reported Wednesday. The death rate among infants dropped 4 percent between 2006 and 2011, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. However, the number of fetal deaths -- defined in this report as deaths of fetuses at 20 weeks' gestation or later, and commonly referred to as stillbirths -- stayed about the same from 2006 through 2012. "Although the fetal death rate has remained essentially unchanged from 2006 through 2012, the continued decline in infant deaths is noteworthy," said study author Elizabeth Gregory, a health statistician at the CDC's National Center for Health Statistics. To read more,click here

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