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Autism On The Rise Among Hispanic/Latino Children

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According to the Center for Diseases Control and Prevention ,  since 2010, 1 in 68 children in the U.S. has been diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder, or  ASD, a group of complex disorders of brain development. These disorders are characterized, in varying degrees, by difficulties in social interaction, verbal and nonverbal communication and repetitive behaviors. To our surprise, the largest increases from 2002 to 2008 were noted among Hispanic children, non-Hispanic black children, and children without co-occurring intellectual disability. Even more puzzling is the fact that boys have a 1 in 42 chance of being diagnosed with autism in the state of New Jersey alone. The Center for Diseases Control and Prevention tables of autism prevalence by state and ethnicity can be accessed here.

Although some Hispanic/Latino parents could attribute some early autism-like behavior to “malcrianzas” “or mis-behavior, therefore missing some early signs, a recent study …

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It’s Fresh Produce Season in Connecticut!

 Healthy Eating can be fun and delicious in the summer.   Eating fruits and vegetables are an important part of a healthy diet.  

 •They are low in calories, fat free and fruits have only natural sugar making them a perfect food for weight management.

 •They are rich in dietary fiber, which is an important component of a healthy diet.  We should be aiming for 25grams or more daily.

 •They are full of vitamins and minerals your body needs to function correctly.

Fruits make a great snack, they are delicious, many are just wash and eat. They pack easily.  They are naturally sweet.  Add fruits to a meal, put strawberries in a spinach salad, stew apples and pears with pork, Grilled peaches and plums make a great dessert.

 

 Vegetables are great with a meal, try grilling them along side your protein.  Have them …

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‘Wheels For Alex’ – A Young Latino Asks For Help

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Robert Held
CTLatinoNews.com

Alex Robley recently turned 19 and is hoping to raise around $50,000 for a new wheelchair accessible van. His friends and family have founded an organization to help him – it’s called ‘Wheels for Alex’.

Robley, who is Mexcian, was diagnosed with cerebral palsy when he was only two-weeks-old; it left him wheelchair bound for most of his life. He was born around 16 weeks premature, and this caused him to weigh only two pounds at birth. Low birth weight is thought to be a contributing cause for cerebral palsy, according to the Center for Disease Control.

In June, the Colchester resident, graduated from Bacon Academy High School, but has had trouble getting around due to his van constantly breaking down.  “The muffler on his old van is falling off, plus the van is 16 yrs old and has been breaking down on the highway,” said …

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