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The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in USA has issued a new consumer bulletin,
“Beware of False or Misleading Claims for Treating Autism.”
“There is no cure for autism,” the bulletin states. “So products or treatments claiming to ‘cure’ autism do not work as claimed. The same is true of many products claiming to ‘treat’ autism. Some may carry significant health risks.”

“Autism Speaks and its many partners are working diligently to find treatments for autism that are safe and effective,” comments developmental paediatrician Paul Wang, Autism Speaks senior vice president and head of medical research. “We know that parents often are desperate to find help for their children. It’s tragic when unscrupulous companies take advantage of these families by pushing so-called treatments that are not only ineffective, but may be costly and dangerous.”

Though behavioural therapies don’t cure autism, research has demonstrated that several such programs can bring about real improvements in development and function, Dr. Wang adds. In addition, the FDA has approved two medications – risperidone and aripripazole – to treat severe self-injurious behaviour and aggression associated with autism. These medications can have serious side effects and, so, are reserved for situations where behavioural approaches fail.

The new FDA statement notes that the agency has issued warnings of legal action against several companies marketing unproven and potentially dangerous products and treatments for autism. They include:

Chelation therapies come in the form of either over-the-counter products or prescription treatments. They are designed to remove minerals and metals from the body. As medical treatments, they are generally reserved for severe cases of lead or iron poisoning. As an autism cure, they are claimed to work by cleansing the body of toxic chemicals. The most serious side effects include life-threatening mineral deficiencies.

Hyperbaric oxygen therapy involves breathing concentrated oxygen in a pressurized chamber. Dangers include seizures associated with excess oxygen in the blood and central nervous system.

Miracle Mineral Solution (MMS) is a potentially caustic substance. The FDA has received reports of consumers experiencing severe nausea, vomiting and low blood pressure after drinking the product.

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Wiki for Autism Resources & Information in India - by Microsoft
Microsoft has created the first India specific Wiki for Autism. The aim is to create a resource bank for all autism related resources and information. This will help parents, stakeholders to share and find information in one place instead of having to trawl through several websites. Please sign up and start adding content. If you are already managing a website/blog with a resource list maybe you could add a link to that in this Wiki under the relevant state/city.


Sumana Ray
  Autism Spectrum Disorders or ASD is commonly called Autism Neuro- typical: A term used for people who do not have Autism or ASD  
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