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Entries in autism (2)


Study: obese fathers could be link to autistic children

A new study suggests children born to obese fathers run a higher risk of autism.

A study of 93,000 Norweigian children showed that twice as many were autistic when born to obese fathers (0.3%), compared to those fathers who were not (.14%).

The study is the first of its kind to link obesity and autism, though researches have not said that it is the only factor.

Read more on the study on the WebMD website.


Liikuntakeskus Hukka turns used squash balls into rewarding product

Used squash balls are being used for a 'calming blanket'.There is nothing better than when an idea goes way beyond your expectations. That was the case for Anna Rounaja, owner of Liikuntakeskus Hukka in Oulu, Finland, on many levels.

Rounaja was looking to recycle old squash balls from her club and by using social media, ideas from her members and help from the community, the idea that she ended up going with will aid families that have hyperactive and autistic children.

“It makes you feel good that you were part of something that helps those who are in need,” she said during a phone interview. “Yeah, the (entire process) was a great thing for the club and the community.”

Read on to see how the idea was created and carried out.