May 12, 2013
MOUNT AIRY-BORN, Hollywood-based actor Holly Robinson Peete has spent most of her 48 years in La-La Land. But the mother of four, daughter of Sesame Street's original "Gordon" and wife of one-time Birds QB Rodney Peete still keeps it real, Philly-style. Robinson Peete made her first onscreen splashes in "21 Jump Street" and "Hangin' with Mr. Cooper. " Today, she's still acting - she has recently appeared in "Blue" and "Mike & Molly," and is in talks with NBC to return to daytime.
May 3, 2013 |
The Inquirer each day is profiling participants in Sunday's Broad Street Run. Andrew Kessler, 18, is a sweet boy, but because of autism and his inability to communicate, he lives an isolated life. He can't play team sports. He had no friends. "He can pogo-stick and hula-hoop like nobody's business," said his mother, Cindy, but connecting with the world, being active, is hard. When Luke, his younger brother, joined Haddon Township High School's state championship cross-country team, the whole family was transformed.
April 4, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - President Obama on Tuesday proposed an effort to map the brain's activity in unprecedented detail, as a step toward finding better ways to treat such conditions as Alzheimer's, autism, stroke, and traumatic brain injuries. He asked Congress to spend $100 million next year to start a project to explore details of the brain, which contains 100 billion cells and trillions of connections. That's a small investment for the federal government - less than a fifth of what NASA spends every year just to study the sun - but it's too early to see how Congress will react.
March 25, 2013 |
Quick action by police saved a 9-year-old Gloucester County boy with autism who was found submerged up to his neck in the thick mud of Mantua Creek during an incoming tide. The unidentified child from the Mount Royal section of East Greenwich was reported missing by his parents at 3:45 p.m. Saturday after he wandered away from his Billows Drive home. About 90 minutes later, three K-9 units, from East Greenwich, Logan, and Deptford Townships, tracked the child's scent to the bank of the creek near his home where they found his shoes, East Greenwich Police Chief Barry Jenkins said.
March 22, 2013 |
NEW YORK - A government survey of parents says 1 in 50 U.S. schoolchildren has autism, surpassing another federal estimate for the disorder. Health officials say the new number does not mean autism is occurring more often. But it does suggest that doctors are diagnosing autism more often, especially in children with milder problems. The earlier government estimate of 1 in 88 comes from a study that many consider more rigorous. It looks at medical and school records instead of relying on parents.
January 18, 2013
Police were seeking the public's help Thursday night in locating a missing 14-year-old autistic girl who did not come home from her West Philadelphia school on Monday. Chelsea Ramsey-Jones, of the 100 block of North 60th Street, was last seen wearing a brown jacket with a fur collar, a red shirt, a black skirt, and black tights, police said. She is about 5 feet, 6 inches tall. She attends Barry Elementary School at 5900 Race St. Any person with information about her whereabouts is asked to call Southwest Detectives at 215-686-3183 or dial 911. - Robert Moran
November 15, 2012 |
Hello there Bill, a lifelong Philadelphian, and Cemantha, who grew up in Simpson, Lackawanna County, met at DeSales University in fall 2000 - when it was still Allentown College of St. Francis DeSales. Since he studied criminal justice and she psychology, they had many classes together. Additionally, Cemantha's roommate, Tammy, had gone to senior prom with one of Bill's roommates. Sometimes, they hung out in the same group of friends, but Bill and Cemantha did not stay in touch after graduation.
October 20, 2012 |
Sixth grader William Potts was ready to run at Haddonfield Middle School's last cross-country practice, as he has been almost every practice day since September. The coed team's roster lists 82 participants, but only two to three dozen attend the optional five-day-a-week workouts, coach Maureen Baker said last week. Will came to almost every one, she said - "maybe he missed one. " The 11-year-old stretched like the other runners, performed drills, and sported Bulldog red and white on the 11/2-mile racecourses.
October 15, 2012 |
Question : A friend of mine advised me not to give my baby the MMR (measles, mumps, and rubella) vaccine because of a link between it and autism. My nephew is autistic, and I don't want to do anything that might cause harm to my son. What advice can you give me on this difficult decision? Answer: Rest assured that the vaccine is safe. The MMR vaccine will protect your son against three serious infectious diseases, and will not cause him to develop autism. The controversy came about as a result of a 1998 research study published in the prestigious British journal The Lancet citing a new syndrome of autism and an inflammatory bowel condition in 12 children who had recently received the MMR vaccine.
October 7, 2012 |
HARRISBURG - State welfare officials have put on hold a plan to force thousands of parents of children with autism and other disabilities to begin paying part of the cost of services that had been provided via Medicaid. Instead of the planned co-pays, the agency said it would pursue federal approval to charge families a monthly premium on a sliding scale. "The department has always preferred the option of applying a premium to this program, and will be working with stakeholders who have come to us in support of a premium as opposed to the co-payment," Welfare Secretary Gary Alexander said in a statement.