Autism and our Kids

Autism more prevalent than thought, study says
A study published Monday in the journal Pediatrics indicates about 1 percent of children ages 3 to 17 have autism or a related disorder, an increase over previous estimates. “This is a significant issue that needs immediate attention,” Dr. Ileana Arias, deputy director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Friday. “A concerted effort and substantial national response is warranted.” full story

We all worry about it for our kids.  Now they say 1 in 100 kids are affected in some form by the disease.  From CNN:   “Autism is more prevalent than thought, study says.  A study published Monday in the journal Pediatrics indicates about 1 percent of children ages 3 to 17 have autism or a related disorder, an increase over previous estimates. “This is a significant issue that needs immediate attention,” Dr. Ileana Arias, deputy director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Friday. “A concerted effort and substantial national response is warranted.” full story

If you’re interested in making a difference in the research effort there is a Walk Now for Autism Speaks on The National Mall Saturday, october 31.

McDonalds  at the Louvre

McDonald's logoWe have on eat the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum, so why not at The Louvre?  From The Telegraph:  “Lovers of France’s two great symbols of cultural exception – its haute cuisine and fine art – are aghast at plans to open a McDonald’s restaurant and McCafé in the Louvre museum next month.

America’s fast food temple is celebrating its 30th anniversary in France with a coup -the opening of its 1,142nd Gallic outlet a few yards from the entrance to the country’s Mecca of high art and the world’s most visited museum.”

The Katinas Mission

samoa_2Christian Group, The Katinas, are a group of brothers from American Samoa. They are launching an effort to help their hometown recover from the recent earthquake and tsunami and giving you a way you can help.

From the Katina’s Blog: “As many of you may or may not know, American Samoa and Samoa were devastated by an earthquake and tsnuami around 7am local time on September 29, 2009 . Facts are still coming in but there are now reports of over 80 dead and dozens more missing with entire villages flattened. For the past nine months we have been planning our third annual missions trip back to Samoa for this coming November. It is very clear to us now what our mission is.

We have received many calls, texts and emails asking how to help. A relief fund is currently being set up through www.katinamissions.org

CLICK on “Ways To Give” at the top of this page to donate. All donations small or large, are tax deductible.

Thank you for standing with us. Please continue to pray for Samoa.

World’s Largest Cruise Ship

Looking for a Spring Break Trip for the Family?  Launching this fall and winter, Royal Caribbean’s “Oasis of the Seas” is being nicknamed “Vegas on the Water”.  It has 4 pools, a merry go round, ice skating rink, and even it’s own Broadway Show “Hairspray”.

From the Washington Post


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