Week in Review - July 17, 2015


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July 17, 2015 - Vol 11, Issue 29


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Dear NASET News,

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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NASET's Bullying of Children Series

Related Topics to Bullying


There are many other types of aggressive behavior that don't fit the definition of bullying. This does not mean that they are any less serious or require less attention than bullying. Rather, these behaviors require different prevention and response strategies. This issue ofNASET'sBullyingseries will focus on the following related topics to bullying:
* Peer Conflict
* Teen Dating Violence
* Hazing
* Gang Violence
* Harassment
* Stalking
* Workplace Bullying
* Early Childhood
* Young Adults

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NASET's Educating Children with Severe Disabilities Series

Overview of Emotional and Behavioral Disorders

Mental Health Is Important
Mental health is how people think, feel, and act as they face life's situations. It affects how people handle stress, relate to one another, and make decisions. Mental health influences the ways individuals look at themselves, their lives, and others in their lives. Like physical health, mental health is important at every stage of life.

All aspects of our lives are affected by our mental health. Caring for and protecting our children is an obligation and is critical to their daily lives and their independence.

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Gene Therapy for Cystic Fibrosis Shows Some Promise in Study

Gene therapy for cystic fibrosis has for the first time shown slight but significant benefit on lung function, new British research reveals. In a randomized trial, patients inhaled molecules of DNA that aimed to replace the defective gene responsible for cystic fibrosis with a healthy, working copy of the gene in the lungs. "Patients who received the gene therapy showed a significant, if modest, benefit in tests of lung function compared with the placebo group, and there were no safety concerns," study senior author Eric Alton of the National Heart and Lung Institute at Imperial College London, said in a news release from The Lancet Respiratory Medicine, which published the study. To read more,click here

Stress-Fighting Proteins Could be Key to New Treatments for Asthma

Investigators have discovered the precise molecular steps that enable immune cells implicated in certain forms of asthma and allergy to develop and survive in the body. The findings from Weill Cornell Medical College reveal a new pathway that scientists could use to develop more effective treatments and therapies for the chronic lung disorder. More than 1 in 12 Americans are affected by asthma, a disorder characterized by an overactive immune response to normally harmless substances such as pollen or mold. Scientists had previously discovered that an overabundance of immune cells that help defend the body against parasites and infection, called eosinophils, were implicated in certain forms of asthma, as well as in allergic reactions. But little was known about how eosinophils develop and survive. To read more,click here

Anti-Vaccine Trend Has Parents Shunning Newborns' Vitamin Shot

With the recent U.S. measles outbreak, the issue of vaccine refusal has received growing scrutiny. Now doctors are calling attention to a similar problem: Some parents are shunning the vitamin K shot routinely given to newborns to prevent internal bleeding. The consequences of that choice can be severe, pediatric specialists say. Infants can quickly become deficient in vitamin K, which can lead to dangerous bleeding in the intestines or the brain. "If you refuse the shot, you're rolling the dice with your child's health," said Dr. Robert Sidonio Jr., a hematologist and assistant professor of pediatrics at Emory University in Atlanta. 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 Education establishes a much needed standard for professionals, across disciplines, who work with exceptional children.


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Children with Autism Respond Differently to Smells: Study

Children with autism spectrum disorders appear to respond to stinky smells differently from children without autism, a new study found. The difference was pronounced enough that researchers could tell who had autism and who didn't about 80 percent of the time based only on "sniff responses." "The authors have hit upon a novel way of testing differences between children with autism and those without that indeed seems to suggest marked differences in how autistic children process odors," said Dr. Glen Elliott, chief psychiatrist and medical director of Children's Health Council in Palo Alto, Calif. To read more,click here

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Childhood Trauma Tied to Migraine Risk as Adult

Experiencing a traumatic event during childhood may raise the risk for migraines as an adult, new Canadian research suggests. "We found the more types of violence the individual had been exposed to during their childhood, the greater the odds of migraine," study author Sarah Brennenstuhl, from the University of Toronto, said in a university news release. "For those who reported all three types of adversities -- [witnessing] parental domestic violence, childhood physical and sexual abuse -- the odds of migraine were a little over three times higher for men and just under three times higher for women," Brennenstuhl said. To read more,click here

Significant Reduction in Serious Crimes After Juvenile Offenders Given Emotional Awareness Training

Scientists believe that a simple two-hour emotional awareness course aimed at making young offenders less aggressive could hold the key to significantly reducing the seriousness of their future crimes. In the first ever study of its kind, psychologists from Cardiff University recorded a 44% drop in the severity of crimes committed by persistent re-offenders, six months following the completion of a course designed to improve their ability to recognize other people's emotions. The findings are published in PLOS ONEjournal. Much has been published previously to suggest that adolescents who display antisocial behavior have problems in facial emotional recognition, particularly fear and sadness. To read more,click here

Epilepsy Linked to Risks During Childbirth, Study Finds

Pregnant women with epilepsy may have more than a higher risk of dying during delivery, a new study suggests. "Specifically, there were 80 deaths per 100,000 women with epilepsy versus six deaths per 100,000 in women without epilepsy," said lead researcher Sarah MacDonald, from the department of epidemiology at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health in Boston. However, although the so-called "relative risk" of death during delivery among women with epilepsy was high, it's still a rare occurrence, MacDonald stressed. To read more,click here

Millions of Children's Lives Saved Through Low-Cost Investments

More than 34 million children's lives have been saved since 2000 because of investments in child health programs at a cost of as little as $4,205 per child, according to a new analysis in The Lancet. This analysis builds off the work of an international collaboration of researchers and, for the first time, creates a scorecard that allows governments, policymakers, and donors to track investments in child health and to link those investments to child deaths averted across countries in a comparable manner. The article, "Keeping score: fostering accountability for children's lives," will be published in The Lancet online on July 2 and in the July 4 print edition. To read more,click here

Behind Many High-Achieving Children...

Talented children who reach their potential likely have dedicated parents to thank for their success, a new study found. Researchers at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln found that parents play a vital role in helping their kids achieve a national or world-class ranking in their sport, instrument or other pursuit. "Talent might partially be born, but it is largely made -- made by parents who devote their full measure to fostering their children's talent development," study leader and educational psychologist Kenneth Kiewra said in a university news release. To read more,click here

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Electrical Nerve Stimulation Can Reverse Spinal Cord Injury Nerve Damage in Patients

Approximately 12,000 spinal cord injuries (SCI) happen every year in the U.S., the majority caused by car accidents, falls, sporting accidents and gunshot wounds. Better emergency care and therapy have made SCI manageable, but researchers continue to investigate approaches to make it repairable. A new study in Journal of Neurophysiology reports that peripheral nerve stimulation therapy can reverse SCI-associated nerve deterioration, potentially improving the benefits of current and emerging rehabilitation treatments.To read more,click here

Best Friends May Help Poor Kids Succeed

Children who grow up in poor neighborhoods face more obstacles in life, but new research suggests that having a best friend can help these kids succeed. "Research into promoting resilience in young people has concentrated on support from the family, but friendships are important, too," study leader Rebecca Graber, a psychologist at the University of Sussex in England, said in a news release from the British Psychological Society. "Boys' and girls' best friendships are an important source of meaning and strength in the face of substantial adversity," Graber explained. To read more,click here

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Boys More Likely to Have Antipsychotics Prescribed, Regardless of Age

Boys are more likely than girls to receive a prescription for antipsychotic medication regardless of age, researchers have found. Approximately 1.5 percent of boys ages 10-18 received an antipsychotic prescription in 2010, although the percentage falls by nearly half after age 19. Among antipsychotic users with mental disorder diagnoses, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) was the most common among youth ages 1-18, while depression was the most common diagnosis among young adults ages 19-24 receiving antipsychotics.To read more,click here

Upsetting a Fragile Alliance Triggers a Deadly Childhood Disease

Scientists at the University of Malta and the Institut de Génétique Moléculaire de Montpellier (CNRS/Université de Montpellier) have shown that fruit flies and brewer's yeast can reveal clues about the cause of Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA), the most common genetic killer of infants. SMA is a devastating neuromuscular disorder that robs children of their ability to walk, eat, or breathe. Mostly caused by an inherited flaw in the Survival Motor Neuron (SMN) gene, SMA is presently without a cure. A key reason is the lack of detailed information on how the SMN protein works in living organisms. Using extensive genetic manipulations, the research team found that SMN forms an alliance with a set of diverse proteins known as Gemins. So incredibly fragile is this alliance that it can be broken if the perfect balance in protein levels is upset. The consequences are catastrophic. They range from death in flies to muscles that are too weak to support flight. The breakthrough discovery, which was published in the journal PLOS ONE, strengthens the fight against SMA. To read more,click here

More Parents See Benefits of Vaccines, Poll Finds

American parents' views about childhood vaccines became more favorable over the past year, a new poll finds. During that time, a number of measles and whooping cough outbreaks made headlines across the country, the researchers noted. "Over the last year, there have been high-profile news stories about outbreaks of vaccine-preventable diseases like measles and whooping cough. These news reports may be influencing how parents perceive childhood vaccines across the country," Dr. Matthew Davis, director of the University of Michigan C.S. Mott Children's Hospital National Poll, said in a news release. Davis is also a professor of pediatrics and internal medicine at the University of Michigan Medical School. To read more,click here

Head Start Program Played Anti-Segregation Role in the Deep South

A federal preschool program did more than improve educational opportunities for poor children in Mississippi during the 1960s. The program also gave a political and economic boost to the state's civil rights activists, according to a Penn State historian. A key provision of the federal Economic Opportunity Act of 1964, which paved the way for several federal anti-poverty programs, was aimed at empowering the poor and sidestepping black disenfranchisement in the south, according to Crystal Sanders, an assistant professor of history and African American studies. Sanders said that Title II of the act created the Community Action Program that would be operated with "maximum feasible participation" of the poor. To read more,click here

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Rapid Response Guidelines May Improve Children's Stroke Care

A rapid response plan for children who visit the emergency room with stroke-like symptoms can help doctors make a faster diagnosis, new research suggests. "Just as there are rapid response processes for adults with a possible stroke, there should be a rapid response process for children with a possible stroke that includes expedited evaluation and imaging or rapid transfer to a medical center with pediatric stroke expertise," senior study author Dr. Lori Jordan, an assistant professor of pediatrics and neurology at Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, Tenn., said in an American Heart Association news release. "We need the emergency department, radiology, critical care medicine and often many other specialists to work quickly and efficiently together to treat pediatric patients," Jordan said. To read more,click here

New Strategies, Solutions to Fight Pediatric Asthma

Low flu vaccination rates, medication compliance and limited access to primary care providers have contributed to the high pediatric asthma rates in California, say UC Davis pediatricians Ulfat Shaikh and Robert Byrd, who have published an extensive study describing the challenges faced by children with asthma in California. Analyzing data from the 2011-12 California Health Interview Survey, the study details several issues affecting asthma care and offers a number of public policy strategies that could help remedy these shortcomings. The research was published in the journal Population Health Management.To read more,click here

Pet Care Can Help Improve Adolescents' Type 1 Diabetes Management, Pediatricians Find

UT Southwestern Medical Center pediatric diabetes researchers found that incorporating routine pet care into a child's diabetes self-care plan can significantly improve monitoring of the disease, resulting in lower blood glucose levels. "Teenagers are one of the most difficult patient populations to treat, mainly because of the many psychosocial factors associated with that stage of life," said the study's senior author Dr. Olga Gupta, assistant professor of pediatrics and internal medicine at UT Southwestern, who treats patients at Children's Medical Center Dallas. "We learned that instructing families to associate regular pet fish care with the child's standard diabetes care significantly improved their hemoglobin A1C levels." The study, which appears in The Diabetes Educator, followed the pet care and diabetes management tasks of 28 adolescents ages 10 to 17 with Type 1 diabetes mellitus. To read more,click here

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