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USS George H. W. Bush Remembers September 11

first_img Share this article View post tag: “H” View post tag: September September 13, 2011 View post tag: W. USS George H. W. Bush Remembers September 11 View post tag: 11 View post tag: Bush Training & Education View post tag: Naval View post tag: Navy View post tag: News by topic View post tag: George Sailors aboard USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77) participated in a prayer and remembrance service in the ship’s foc’sle Sept. 9, commemorating the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks.Approximately 100 Sailors attended the service to show their support for America, honor lost heroes, and to give thanks for the lives that were spared that day.“My uncle worked about two blocks away from the World Trade Center,” said Aviation Boatswain’s Mate (Fueling) 3rd Class Robert Villafane. “He was late for work on the day of the attacks. I think that might have saved his life.”Cmdr. Cameron H. Fish, the ship’s command chaplain, and Lt. Joel DeGraeve, command chaplain for Carrier Air Wing (CVW) Eight, hosted the non-denominational prayer service so that Sailors could come together to remember the events of 9/11.“We felt it was important to try and get the crew together to pray and remember as a unit, especially since it’s the 10th anniversary,” said Fish.Sailors like Aviation Ordnanceman Airman (AW) Maurice D. Rogers-Ashe and Rear Adm. Nora W. Tyson, commander Carrier Strike Group (CSG) Two, united to sing “God Bless America” and reflect on the events of Sept. 11, 2001. “I came to show my respect and honor those who have lost family and loved ones,” said RogersAshe.Participants watched a video displaying photos of service members, firefighters, and civilians that were lost that day as excerpts from former president George W. Bush’s speech played in the background. “I think it helps Sailors understand why they’re here,” said DeGraeve, “It helps them understand why we serve in the military.”George H.W. Bush is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility on its first operational deployment conducting maritime security operations and support missions as part of Operations Enduring Freedom and New Dawn.[mappress]Source: navy, September 13, 2011; View post tag: Remembers Back to overview,Home naval-today USS George H. W. Bush Remembers September 11 View post tag: USSlast_img read more

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A Wellington ‘Gem’! – A 4-bedroom house you can’t pass up!

first_imgA Wellington “Gem” – this property boasts 4 bedrooms, 2.5 bathrooms, four car garage, a nearly a half acre lot with an extra shed and an abundance of outdoor living space. Quad-level home with formal dining room plus newly installed, engineered flooring, counter tops, and butcher block island in the kitchen. Lower level has a fireplace and walk-out doors to the outdoor oasis. Don’t miss the wet bar and lounge area in the basement. Lots of storage space throughout. Amazing back yard with pond and established, well-maintained landscaping. A 24×30 extra garage in back yard…this over-sized outbuilding has extra workshop space to enjoy. An 8×16 storage shed is perfect for outdoor equipment, extra storage, or it could be a playhouse. Great home within walking distance to downtown, Wellington Middle school, Seller’s Park, and the athletic complex.For more pictures and details of the property click here.  Call Cathy Sheets at  (316)215-1359.last_img read more

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Should Cosmologists Get Worried Yet?

first_imgThe unexpected finding of mature galaxies in the early universe (see 01/02/2004) has Robert Irion worried, but he seems surprised the theorists are not.  Reporting on last week’s meeting of the American Astronomical Society in the Jan. 23 issue of Science,1 he titles his article, “Early Galaxies Baffle Observers, But Theorists Shrug.”  He begins:“It’s not quite time for theorists to panic, but we’re getting there,” said astronomer Roberto Abraham of the University of Toronto, Canada, after announcing his group’s discovery of a startling number of mature galaxies in the young universe.  But although the finding seemed to undermine the standard view of how matter assembled, theorists have respectfully declined to sound the alarm.The results from the Gemini Sky Survey seem to contradict the neat “hierarchical model” of galaxy formation, that galaxies gradually built up from small components over billions of years.  He quotes astronomers like Joel Primack (UC Santa Cruz) who are not too worried about it – yet.  He thinks the standard model explains the dark matter haloes of galaxies fairly well.  But the hardest problem in astrophysics, the one they understand least of all, is the stars themselves: “But they fail to explain why the bright lights within the lumps–great waves of star formation that spawned visible galaxies–turned on when and where they did,” Irion points out.    In a related article, reporting on the same AAS meeting, Irion asks if star formation is an extreme sport.2  Three new findings he heard about, which suggest extremely violent events going on in space, cause him to suggest that “theories of star birth haven’t properly considered the roles of violent, impulsive events.”1Robert Irion, “Early Galaxies Baffle Observers, But Theorists Shrug,” Science Volume 303, Number 5657, Issue of 23 Jan 2004, p. 460.2Robert Irion, “Star Formation—An Extreme Sport?” Science Volume 303, Number 5657, Issue of 23 Jan 2004, pp. 460-461.It’s not a problem.  Everything is under control.  Our model can handle it.  (The last words of a dying paradigm.)(Visited 46 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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Why Such Large Animals in the Fossil Record?

first_imgIf size is a measure of evolutionary progress, things seem to have gone downhill since many fossils were deposited.Super salamander: A salamander as big as a car? That’s what was reported by the BBC News, Science Magazine and other news sites. Multiple fossils of Metoposaurus algarvensis were found in a bone bed in Portugal. The two-meter-long creature, squat looking with a flattened head and lots of teeth, is said to have lived before the dinosaurs and was the apex predator of its day. “Similar bone beds that include other species of metoposaurs have been found in what are now Africa, Europe, and North America,” Science Magazine says. This monster is said to be the ancestor of the little hand-sized salamanders we have today.Croc of the Walk: A 9-foot crocodile that walked on its hind legs was reported by North Carolina State University News.  Said to be the “top predator of its day” and a “crocodile ancestor,” this “crocodylomorph” looks pretty scary from the artist’s rendition.  The “Carolina butcher” was larger and more mobile than its alleged evolutionary descendants. “We knew that there were too many top performers on the proverbial stage in the Late Triassic,” a paleontologist says.It’s obvious that many dinosaurs were much larger than any reptiles on earth today.  We still have the world’s largest animal of all time (the blue whale), the world’s largest plant (the giant sequoia) and other sizable creatures around (giraffes, grizzly bears), but most living organisms are smaller than their fossil representatives. The fossil record shows numerous gigantic creatures: dragonflies with 2-foot wing spans, huge butterflies, giant tree ferns, extinct “sea serpents” (ichthyosaurs and plesiosaurs), the largest flyers ever (giraffe-size pterosaurs), wooly mammoths and other mastodons, giant cave bears, giant sloths, large lions and saber-tooth tigers, large camels and bison (e.g., in the La Brea Tar Pits), and other champions when it comes to size.  If size matters to evolution, it’s been largely downhill since these fossils creatures lived.An evolutionary law?: One of the few “laws” of evolution is supposed to be “Cope’s Rule” that proposes animal bodies get bigger over time. It works for some groups, but not for those mentioned above. Recently, Stanford researchers said Cope’s rule works for some marine phyla: Arthropods, Brachiopods, Chordates, Echinoderms, and Mollusks (Science Daily; paper in Science Magazine).Scientists have attempted to test Cope’s rule in other animal groups, but the conclusions have been mixed. Corals and dinosaurs seem to follow Cope’s rule, for example, but birds and insects do not. As a result, some scientists have wondered whether the pattern observed in land mammals is a real evolutionary phenomenon or merely a statistical one resulting from random, non-selective evolution, also known as neutral drift. “It’s possible that as evolution proceeds, there really is no preference for being larger or smaller,” said Noel Heim, a postdoctoral researcher in Payne’s lab. “What appears to be an increase in average body size may be due to neutral drift.”The authors claim that they verified Cope’s Rule for the marine phyla they studied, but it appears to be a variation on the old rule: “not all classes—groups of related species and genera—of animals trended toward larger size, but those that were bigger tended to become more diverse over time,” they say. They did not address the land animals that have shrunk in size over time. The obvious conclusion seems to be that Cope’s Rule works except when it doesn’t (see Stuff Happens Law).  The paucity of large creatures alive today, and the predictive mushiness of Cope’s Rule, do not bode well for the explanatory value of Darwinism.On the small scale: National Geographic posted an interesting gallery of the world’s smallest animals, from cells to mammals. Featured are the smallest living cell, mouse lemurs, miniature horses smaller than a large dog, dwarf sharks, the bumblebee bat, and a pygmy butterfly. Miniaturization is thus seen all over the animal kingdom. It should be remembered that every animal starts out tiny, as a one-celled zygote.Proportionality constant: How does an animal get its legs to match its body, or the head to be the right size as the embryo grows? A mouse-sized head on a T. rex would be a problem. Or what if a human grew the wrong size liver? How body proportions are regulated is a big question, Science Daily reports:“One of the most intriguing questions in animal development is something called scaling, or the proportionality of different body parts,” said Jun Ma, PhD, senior author and a scientist in the divisions of Biomedical Informatics and Developmental Biology. “Whether you have an elephant or a mouse, for some reason their organ and tissue sizes are generally proportional to the overall size of the body. We want to understand how you get this proportionality.”To try to answer these questions, researchers in Cincinnati examined levels of gene expression in fruit flies as they developed. They didn’t get answers; only more questions. “This finding leaves the researchers with new questions to unravel, such as its fundamental meaning, and how much the relationship between a mother’s biological investment and the way her embryos develop is impacted by the larger principles of evolution.” Darwinism hasn’t helped so far, in other words.Epigenetics and size: Scientists at McGill University say that it may not take much to make an animal bigger. By experimenting with ants, they found that epigenetic factors operating on a single gene can cause a cascade of effects, making the insects bigger or smaller without a genetic change.  This is a profound conclusion, they say:“It’s a discovery that completely changes our understanding of how human variation comes to be,” says Abouheif. “So many human traits, whether they are intelligence, height, or vulnerability to diseases such as cancer, exist along a continuum. If, as we believe, this epigenetic mechanism applies to a key gene in each area, the change is so enormous that it’s hard to even imagine right now how it will influence research in everything from health to cognitive development to farming.”What this implies is that environmental cues can make a big difference in the size of creatures without modifying the genetic code.With a stronger magnetic field and a different atmosphere, antediluvian animals could have grown larger and more robust. Conditions changed after the Flood, leaving our world impoverished compared to its original diversity, but still a wondrous display of God’s creative ability. (Visited 221 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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Microsoft partners with Blue Label

first_imgJanine ErasmusGlobal software giant Microsoft has teamed up with fast-growing South African telecommunications company Blue Label Telecoms. Since its establishment seven years ago the Blue Label group, which supplies a variety of prepaid products and services, has grown into a multi-national player with operations across South Africa and in several countries abroad.Blue Label Telecoms listed on the JSE Stock Exchange in November 2007, raising over a billion rand through private selling of shares beforehand. Just over 740 million shares were made available on listing. By the end of its first day of trading Blue Label shares had gained 27 percent and the company’s resultant market value was R6.6 billion.The listing was a pre-condition of the strategic partnership with Microsoft, which has now acquired 12 percent of issued Blue Label shares and has also entered into a mutually beneficial technology and service sales, advertising, and development and distribution agreement with Blue Label Telecoms.A statement on the Blue Label website provides details of the deal, revealing that the Microsoft/Blue Label partnership will drive services and products in developing economies and will give the two companies the opportunity to mutually explore new business opportunities. This is in line with Blue Label’s stated aim of constantly seeking new partnerships in African countries and other emerging markets. CEO of Blue Label Mark Levy describes the group’s objective as growing a “global footprint of contact points with our customers with a strong emphasis on the fast-growing developing world markets.”In addition, Microsoft will provide Blue Label Telecoms with advertising services as well as access and licences to various web-based and mobile technologies and services. Says a spokesman from Microsoft, “We will be collaborating closely with Blue Label around co-distribution and markets across both companies’ networks.”This means that Microsoft’s massive global client base will now be open to Blue Label, giving Blue Label an opportunity to increase its global footprint. Says Peter Mansour, senior director, Unlimited Potential Group at Microsoft, “Microsoft has been active in building services and technologies to support the growth of mobile communications for many years, and we believe our relationship with Blue Label Telecoms will be a win for the many consumers both companies serve.”The software manufacturer in turn will gain access to Blue Label’s prepaid customers. “We have the ability to touch consumers like no other company around the world,” explains Levy. “Microsoft sees significant value in that ability to touch the consumer.”Although the prepaid market comprises largely low-end users who will in all likelihood not be spending money on Microsoft’s software products, the corporation is thinking ahead. Says Levy, “I think Microsoft’s view, going into the future, is touching the next billion customers that they’ve got. They’ve got over a billion customers. And to be able to get the next generation, the bottom of the pyramid, there is spend there – and how to get to that spend and how to target that spend is where we play.”The companies have not disclosed the value of the transaction, but in a December 2007 interview with Blue Label co-founders, brothers Brett and Mark Levy, on South African investment information service Moneyweb, a sum of around R250 million was mentioned in connection with Microsoft’s contribution to the deal, while technology news source ITWeb has calculated the value to be between R513 million and R602 million based on the proposed issued share capital of 743 million shares.Prior to the listing Blue Label – known then as Blue Label Investments – allocated R240 million out of the billion-plus raised to buying out minority shareholders in several of its subsidiaries and acquiring 100 percent of these companies. The restructured company is now known as Blue Label Telecoms. The company also spent almost half a billion rand on eradicating its bank debt.Blue Label was founded in 2001. CEO Mark Levy is responsible for technology and international expansion whereas Deputy Chairman Brett Levy oversees local operations and trading.Blue Label’s products include prepaid airtime (for Vodacom, Cell C, MTN and Telkom) and electricity, starter packs, bill payment, electronic funds transfer, gift vouchers, loyalty programmes, and other prepaid offerings such as the location-based services Look4Me and Look4Help. The group distributes through over 100 000 points of presence within South Africa to retail, petroleum forecourts and wholesalers as well as end users. The success of its business strategy has enabled it to expand to other emerging markets and it now also operates in Mozambique, Democratic Republic of Congo and India.In recognition of their achievements the brothers were awarded the ABSA Business Achiever Non-Listed Company Award at the prestigious ABSA Jewish Achievers Awards ceremony held in August 2007. They were also nominated as Ernst & Young World Entrepreneur SA Finalists for 2007. Ndaba Ntsele, CEO of Pamodzi Investment Holdings took top honours as the Best Entrepreneur, and Patrick Dickens, Managing Director of Centurion Systems was named Emerging Entrepreneur. Ntsele will compete against 40 other finalists from all over the world for the global title of Best Entrepreneur, to be announced at a ceremony in Monte Carlo in June 2008. He will hope to emulate the success of South Africa’s Bill Lynch, CEO of Imperial Holdings, who was named the 2006 World Entrepreneur Of The Year.Links:Blue Label TelecomsMicrosoft South AfricaMoneywebErnst & Young South AfricaITWebJSElast_img read more

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Germany greenlights self-driving vehicle tests on public roads

first_imgGermany’s large automotive industry will soon be able to test self-driving cars in their home-country. The upper house of parliament approved a law on Friday that enables manufacturers to test vehicles on public roads for the first time.The legislation requires a human driver to remain in the vehicle at all times and a black box must be kept inside the car to ascertain when the computer takes control of the vehicle.See Also: BMW self-drives to Level 5 autonomy by 2021?Under the new law, if a car crashes while in autonomous mode, the manufacturer will take the blame, according to Reuters. This could put off tech giants like Google and Uber, which have both called for the California DMV to not blame manufacturers for accidents.Finally letting go of the wheelDrivers will be allowed to take their hands off the wheel during tests and take their eyes off the road, effectively giving manufacturers Level 4 autonomy privileges.The law will be revisited in two years and the German parliament intends to keep up with the rate of innovation in the space. The introduction of self-driving cars on public roads could push larger investment from Volkswagen, Daimler, and BMW, who already rank high on strategy and execution, according to a report from Navigant Research.German Chancellor Angela Merkel called for self-driving legalization last year, around the same time the U.K. confirmed that it would legalize the vehicles. For Self-Driving Systems, Infrastructure and In… David Curry Related Posts IT Trends of the Future That Are Worth Paying A…center_img Tags:#automotive#Autonomous#cars#driverless#featured#Germany#Self-Driving#top#transport Break the Mold with Real-World Logistics AI and… 5 Ways IoT can Help to Reduce Automatic Vehicle…last_img read more

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10 months ago​Brighton midfielder Gross unfazed by Liverpool, Southampton links

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say ​Brighton midfielder Gross unfazed by Liverpool, Southampton linksby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveBrighton midfielder Pascal Gross is not concerned about transfer speculation.The playmaker has been linked to clubs such as Liverpool and Southampton in the transfer window.But he is focused on doing a great job for his current club.Gross said to the Evening Standard: “I don’t read the newspapers but then maybe some friends or here (club) someone sees it and makes a joke.”I have got nothing to say about it.”I am really enjoying and I’m really happy to play in the Premier League with Brighton.”I hope we can continue as we have done. At the moment that is everything I care about, the game on Saturday and that’s it.”All the other stuff, that’s not my business.” last_img read more

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Tiesto Collaborates With Bono For RED

first_img(RED) has announced a collaboration with one of the world’s leading DJs and electronic dance music pioneers, Tiesto.Tiesto and Bono collaborate for (RED) on U2’s ‘Pride’ at Converse Rubber Tracks StudioOn November 27, Tiesto will release an exclusive compilation album, DANCE (RED), SAVE LIVES, followed by a global livestream – powered by YouTube – from Melbourne’s Stereosonic Festival over World AIDS Day weekend on December 1st and 2nd.Dance (RED), Save LivesThe compilation features artists including Calvin Harris, Avicii and Diplo, as well as an exclusive collaboration between Tiesto and Bono on U2’s ‘Pride’.Mobilizing the huge global community of dance music fans in the fight against AIDS, Tiesto and his fellow DANCE (RED), SAVE LIVES artists will, for the first time ever, livestream their sets from the Stereosonic Festival on YouTube, bringing fans an unforgettable live global music experience. The stream will be available at www.youtube.com/joinred.The announcement comes as (RED) and its partners mark an important milestone in the fight against AIDS, having generated $200 million for the Global Fund.Speaking about his collaboration with (RED), Tiesto said; “When I went to Africa in 2006, I was struck by the devastating effect of AIDS. Now the world has an incredible chance to make sure that babies are born HIV free by 2015, and the dance community is going to make a lot of noise to help make this happen.”The war against AIDS faces a critical battle: to deliver the first AIDS Free Generation since HIV was diagnosed 31 years ago. In 2003, new childhood HIV infections peaked with more than 1,500 babies born with HIV every day. For only 40 cents a day, mothers can be treated to prevent transmission to their unborn children, and just over 900 babies are now born daily with the virus. By 2015, that number can be near zero. Ending mother-to-child transmission of HIV is a component of the UN Millennium Development Goals.Deborah Dugan, CEO of (RED), said “Tiesto represents a generation of young music fans with incredible passion and energy. We want to tap into that passion to help deliver an AIDS free generation by 2015; a monumentally important milestone in the fight against AIDS. What Tiesto and his friends in the dance music community are bringing to this fight is invaluable. They bring the kind of heat that is so desperately needed to keep this issue at the top of the agenda. This World AIDS Day, I want fans to buy the album and DANCE (RED), SAVE LIVES! Go to www.joinred.com.”Richie McNeill, Managing Director of Totem OneLove Group, said; “We are really excited to have Stereosonic involved in such a great cause. AIDS is one of many things we should all aim to help research and destroy, and (RED)‘s mission to fight AIDS in Africa is a noble one we are simply honored to be a part of. If by music we can spread the word with the generous support of the DJs, artists and record labels, then we will! Big thanks to Tiesto, Complete Control Management’s Josh Neuman and the (RED) crew for inviting us to be a part.”In addition to being on YouTube, the livestream will be available throughout World AIDS Day weekend across the web on leading sites such as Rolling Stone, Mashable, Huffington Post, Wired, Thrillist, VEVO. Promotion for the DANCE (RED), SAVE LIVES campaign includes a pro bono media campaign by Hill Holliday, across leading digital platforms, television networks and print publications including Twitter, IFC, A&E, Los Angeles Times, AOL and Klout.Source:PR Newswirelast_img read more

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New film Maina brings battle between Inuit and Innu to a Quebec

first_imgAPTN National NewsThe battle between Innu and Inuit will be coming to a Quebec theatre near you.‘Maina’ is a film inspired by the contact of two Aboriginal nations, thousands of years ago.APTN’s Danielle Rochette reports.last_img

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Atypical eating behaviors may indicate autism

first_imgRelated StoriesEyes hold clues to effective treatment of severe autism, study showsGut bacteria linked to metabolic changes and autism in new studyStudy: Early screening of autism may not be as beneficial as previously thoughtMayes said that many children with autism eat a narrow diet consisting primarily of grain products, like pasta and bread, and chicken nuggets. She said that because children with autism have sensory hypersensitivities and dislike change, they may not want to try new foods and will be sensitive to certain textures. They often eat only foods of a particular brand, color or shape.The research also showed that most children with autism who had atypical eating behaviors had two or more types – almost a quarter had three or more. Yet, none of the children with other developmental disorders who did not have autism had three or more. According to Williams, this is a common, clinical phenomenon – and it has prompted him and his colleagues to recommend some children for further evaluation.”When we evaluate young children with multiple eating problems, we start to wonder if these children might also have the diagnosis of autism,” Williams said. “In many cases, they eventually do receive this diagnosis.”The researchers evaluated the eating behaviors described in parent interviews of more than 2000 children from two studies. They investigated the difference in the frequency of unusual eating behaviors between typical children and those with autism, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and other disorders.Williams says the study data show that atypical eating behaviors may help diagnostically distinguish autism from other disorders. Even though children from both groups have unusual eating habits, they are seven times more common in autism than in other disorders according to the study data.”This study provided further evidence that these unusual feeding behaviors are the rule and not the exception for children with autism,” Williams said. Source:Penn State College of MedicineJournal reference:Mayes, S.D. & Zickgraf, H. (2019) Atypical eating behaviors in children and adolescents with autism, ADHD, other disorders, and typical development. Research in Autism Spectrum Disorders. doi.org/10.1016/j.rasd.2019.04.002. Reviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Jul 11 2019Atypical eating behaviors may be a sign a child should be screened for autism, according to a new study from Penn State College of Medicine.Research by Susan Mayes, professor of psychiatry, found that atypical eating behaviors were present in 70 percent of children with autism, which is 15 times more common than in neurotypical children.Atypical eating behaviors may include severely limited food preferences, hypersensitivity to food textures or temperatures, and pocketing food without swallowing.According to Mayes, these behaviors are present in many one-year-olds with autism and could signal to doctors and parents that a child may have autism.”If a primary care provider hears about these behaviors from parents, they should consider referring the child for an autism screening.”Mayes stated that the earlier autism is diagnosed, the sooner the child can begin treatment with a behavior analyst. Previous studies have shown applied behavior analysis to be most effective if implemented during the preschool years. Behavior analysts use a number of interventions, including rewards, to make positive changes in the children’s behavior and teach a range of needed skills.Keith Williams, director of the Feeding Program at Penn State Children’s Hospital, uses this therapy to help a variety of individuals with unusual eating behaviors. He said that identifying and correcting these behaviors can help ensure children are eating a proper diet.”I once treated a child who ate nothing but bacon and drank only iced tea,” Williams said. “Unusual diets like these don’t sustain children.”Williams also noted that there is a distinct difference between worrisome eating behaviors and the typical picky eating habits of young children. He explained that most children without special needs will slowly add foods to their diets during the course of development, but children with autism spectrum disorders, without intervention, will often remain selective eaters. We see children who continue to eat baby food or who won’t try different textures. We even see children who fail to transition from bottle feeding.”Keith Williams, director of the Feeding Program, Penn State Children’s Hospitallast_img read more

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