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ASD: Another Corporate America’s Lifelong Legacy

Posted by feww on March 28, 2014


At least 1 in 68 children identified with autism spectrum disorder

The estimated number of children identified with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) exploded by 30 percent between 2008 and 2010, according to new data released by CDC’s Autism and Developmental Disabilities Monitoring (ADDM) Network.

Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is described as “a group of developmental disabilities that can cause significant social, communication and behavioral challenges.”

Signs of ASD begin during early childhood and usually last throughout a person’s life.

The estimates that are highlighted below are based on data collected from the health and special education (where available) records of children aged 8 who lived in areas of Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Georgia, Maryland, Missouri, New Jersey, North Carolina, Utah, and Wisconsin in 2010. [Some of the following excerpts from CDC report have been edited for brevity. Editor]

  • About 1 in 68 children (or 14.7 per 1,000 children aged 8 living in 11 diverse communities) were identified with ASD.  [The data does not represent the entire population of children in the United States.]
  • This latest estimate is about 30% higher than the estimate for 2008 (1 in 88), 60% higher than the estimate for 2006 (1 in 110), and  120% higher than the estimates for 2002 and 2000 (1 in 150). CDC does NOT know what is causing this dramatic increase.

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ASD among children aged 8 (living in 11 diverse communities) between 2000 and 2010.  The latest estimate (2010) is about 30% higher than the estimate for 2008 (11.4 per 1,000), 60% higher than the estimate for 2006 (9.1 per  1,000), and  120% higher than the estimates for 2002 and 2000 (6.7 per 1,000). Copyright FIRE-EARTH Blog.

  • The number of children identified with ASD varied widely by community, from in 45 children in areas of New Jersey to 1 in 175 children in areas of Alabama.
  • Almost half (46%) of children identified with ASD had average or above average intellectual ability (IQ greater than 85).
  • About 1 in 42 boys and 1 in 189 girls were identified with ASD, or a ratio of 5:1.
  • About 1 in 63 white children, 1 in 81 black children, and 1 in 93 Hispanic children were identified with ASD.
  • Less than half (44%) of children identified with ASD were evaluated for developmental concerns by the time they were 3 years old.
  • Most children identified with ASD were not diagnosed until after age 4, even though children can be diagnosed as early as age 2.
  • Black and Hispanic children identified with ASD were more likely than white children to have intellectual disability. A previous studyExternal Web Site Icon has shown that children identified with ASD and intellectual disability have a greater number of ASD symptoms and a younger age at first diagnosis. Despite the greater burden of co-occurring intellectual disability among black and Hispanic children with ASD, these new data show that there was no difference among racial and ethnic groups in the age at which children were first diagnosed.
  • About 80% of children identified with ASD either received special education services for autism at school or had an ASD diagnosis from a clinician. This means that the remaining 20% of children identified with ASD had symptoms of ASD documented in their records, but had not yet been classified as having ASD by a community professional in a school or clinic.

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Tornado Strikes N California

Posted by feww on March 28, 2014


‘It was definitely a tornado’

“It kind of touched down pretty quickly and went back up,” said a Roseville Fire Department spokesman. “Roof tiles went flying off, solar panels were all over the place … and a boat was lifted up and moved about six feet from where it was.

“It was definitely a tornado [measuring EF0, with win speeds of up to 116 km/h,] ” said the National Weather Service.

The twister left a trail of debris 300 meters (yards) long and 20 meters wide.

A tornado funnel approaches a residential area on the west side of Roseville
Tornado in Roseville, California March 26, 2014. Photo Credit: National Weather Service (NWS)

More tornadoes than in any other state so far this year

“Three tornadoes have struck the Sacramento Valley so far this week, including one that ripped through the city of Roseville on Wednesday, levitating lawn furniture and barbecues and tearing up fences, windows and roofs. The others hit in Glenn County on Wednesday (60 almond trees uprooted), and Butte County on Tuesday (a few dead trees knocked over), said a report.

Some 127 tornadoes have touched down in California since 1996, according to NWS.

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U.S. Drought Conditions Continue to Worsen

Posted by feww on March 28, 2014


Drought spreads to nearly 52 percent of Contiguous US

Drought conditions D0 (Abnormally Dry) to D4 (Exceptional Drought) cover 51.95 percent of land area in the U.S., up more than 0.5 percent since last week, according to the latest data released by the U.S. Drought Monitor

US Drought Conditions D0 – D4

  • West:  71.88% (up from 71.51% last week)
  • South: 66.29% (up from 65.34%; D3 and D4 conditions rapidly expanding)
  • High Plains: 47.65% (from 46.94%;  D1, D2 and D3 spreading)
  • Midwest: 35.15%  (D1 condition spreading)
  • Southeast: 6.02% (from 5.07%; D1 spreading from 0.0 to 0.61%)
  • Northeast: 3.95% (unchanged)
  • Contiguous US: 51.95% (from 51.47%)

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Weekly Drought Map for the Contiguous United States. Sourced from US Drought Monitor. Map Enhanced by FIRE-EARTH Blog.

Crop Disasters Caused by Drought

Since January 10, 2014, at least 864 counties across 16 states have been declared as crop disaster areas by USDA due to worsening drought.

  • Those states are: Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Kansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Oregon, Texas and Utah.

i. USDA trigger point for a countywide disaster declaration is 30 percent crop loss on at least one crop.

ii. The total number of counties designated as agricultural disaster areas includes both primary and contiguous disaster areas.

iii. A number of counties may have been designated crop disaster areas more than once due to multiple disasters.

iv. The U.S. has a total of 3,143 counties and county-equivalents.

v. The latest disaster designations were issued by USDA for a total of 59 counties in five states—Texas, Oklahoma, Nebraska, Kansas and Arizona—on March 26, 2014.

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