Cancer Hope

I have a bit of understanding of medical science so I was pleased to be the designated interpreter between the patient and the oncologist. The doc and I hit it off very well, especially when he started talking about cancer cell mutations. He really warmed up when I asked if HOX gene mutations play any […]

Paradoxical Comfort Zone

This year has started with a resounding ‘blah’.  I’m sure that this has something to do with the difficult goals I set for myself.  I always say, “When the going gets tough, the tough take a nap,” which is how I feel right now. So I decided to return to a subject about which I have […]

Autism Twin Studies

Refrigerator mother hypothesis of autism thaws The refrigerator mother theory, blaming autism on a cold and uncaring home environment, was beginning to lose traction in the late 1960s. Bernard Rimland, a psychologist with an autistic son, directly challenged this hypothesis in his book, Infantile Autism: The Syndrome and its Implications for a Neural Theory of […]

I’m So Confused

For those of you who just happen to come across my blog, welcome. I am interested in autism because it has directly affected my family. My older brother is autistic, nonverbal and low functioning. I am trying to look at autism from all directions. During the past couple of days I am looking at Autism […]

Autism and Genes

What are the chances that I will have an autistic son or daughter if my brother is autistic? This is a simple question, with no simple answer.  I venture to say this is a question on the mind of many siblings. Today, I started looking at the scads of references to see if there is […]