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New Blood Test Could Spot Autism in Children

Thursday, March 23rd, 2017

Untitled by Mi PHAM  is licensed under CC0.

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Researchers have been working on an experimental blood test that could point out autism in children. So far, the test is 98 percent accurate in children ages 3 to 10 in diagnosing if they have autism.

“The test was able to predict autism, regardless of where on the spectrum an individual was,” according to study co-author Juergen Hahn in the MedlinePlus article. The test was also able to indicate the severity of the autism-related condition with good accuracy.

This new test is a stark contrast to the current approach of diagnosing autism, which entails a consensus from a group of medical professionals. The blood test, on the other hand, looks for key metabolism markers in the child.

The study was small, with less than 200 participants, so more research is planned to follow-up on the claims.

To read more about the study, please visit “Could a Blood Test Spot Autism in Childhood?”

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Hearing Loss Predicted to Grow Tremendously by 2060 in U.S.

Monday, March 6th, 2017

Untitled by Joel Mwakasege is licensed under CC0.

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According to a recent study by Johns Hopkins Medicine, hearing loss among the U.S. population could jump from 44 million in 2020 to 73.5 million by 2060; the 2060 number would comprise 23 percent of the adult American population, compared to 15 percent in 2020. And in 2060, 55 percent of adults with hearing loss will be over 70.

This sort of growth for this health condition is unprecedented, according to Neil DiSarno, chief staff officer of audiology at American Speech-Language-Hearing Association.

The most common cause of hearing loss is exposure to loud noise. To prevent this, it is recommended that people should lower their earphone volume and to limit exposure to firearms, fireworks and loud noises you may hear at work.

And besides just not being able to hear as well, hearing loss has other effects on a person as well. Older adults who have hearing loss are more likely to suffer from depression and anxiety, and have a higher risk of falling. There also appears to be evidence between hearing loss and mental decline.

To read more about hearing loss increasing, please visit “Hearing Loss May Double in United States by 2060.”

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Section 508 Best Practices Webinar

Friday, November 13th, 2015

Reposted from ADAConferences.org:

Simple Steps to Ensuring Your Graphics and Videos Pass the Section 508 Check

Professional communicators everywhere are embracing graphics as a medium to convey their messages in new and interesting ways. Agencies are attracting larger audiences by presenting content in the form of videos, photos, charts, graphs, infographics and similar multimedia on a variety of platforms. But let’s make sure the message reaches everyone!

The Section 508 standards require that all members of the public, as well as federal employees with disabilities have access to the data and information provided by the Government. Graphics are one example of data that needs to meet Section 508 standards. As many organizations move away from the traditional print product and text-only documents into digital and online media, this change can present challenges for screen readers and other assistive technology. This Best Practices webinar will offer you some simple steps to ensuring that your graphics pass the check every time.

Join us on November 18th from 11:00-12:300 Mountain, 12:00-1:30 Central Time for this free online training event brought to you by the Federal Communicators Network (FCN), the U.S. Access Board and the U.S. Chief Information Officers Council (CIOC). You’ll have a chance to learn from our presenters about writing effective ALT tags, developing 508-compliant graphics, and more!

For more information and to register, visit http://www.adaconferences.org/CIOC/