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Risk of Autism in Younger Siblings Substantially Higher Than Previous Estimates

August 15, 2011
Study highlights importance of routine surveillance, rapid referral for infant siblings of children with ASD

August 15, 2011 (Baltimore, MD)—A new study published today in the journal Pediatrics (Epub ahead of print) found that the risk that an infant sibling of an older child with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD) will also develop the condition, known as recurrence risk, is substantially higher than previously thought. The study found that the average risk of recurrence is 18.7 percent, much higher than the previous estimates of 3 to 10 percent.

BWI Run/Walk to Continue 25-Year Tradition of Raising Funds for Children With Down Syndrome

August 16, 2011
The annual BWI 4-Mile Run/2-Mile Family Fun Walk to benefit Kennedy Krieger Institute’s Down Syndrome Clinic

(Baltimore, MD) – For the past 25 years over 25,000 runners and walkers have laced up their shoes to raise over $500,000 for children with Down syndrome. On Sunday, September 25th, Northrop Grumman and Kennedy Krieger will team up once again for the BWI Run/Walk event, which benefits Kennedy Krieger Institute’s Down Syndrome Clinic. The family friendly event features two courses including a 4-Mile Run and a 2-Mile Family Walk; runners and walkers of all ages and abilities are invited to attend and participate.

Poor "Gut Sense" of Numbers Contributes to Persistent Math Difficulties

June 17, 2011
Study Reveals Math Learning Disabilities Are Caused By Multiple Factors, Including Poor Intuition in Gauging Numerical Quantities

(Baltimore, MD) – A new study published today in the journal Child Development (e-publication ahead of print) finds that having a poor “gut sense” of numbers can lead to a mathematical learning disability and difficulty in achieving basic math proficiency. This inaccurate number sense is just one cause of math learning disabilities, according to the research led byDr. Michele Mazzocco of the Kennedy Krieger Institute.

Brain Imaging Study of Preschoolers with ADHD Detects Brain Differences Linked to Symptoms

June 9, 2011
Smaller brain volumes associated with severity of ADHD symptoms

(Baltimore, MD) – In a study published today in the Clinical Neuropsychologist (e-publication ahead of print), researchers from the Kennedy Kennedy Krieger Institute found differences in the brain development of preschool children with symptoms of Attention-deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). Results showed the region of the brain important for cognitive and motor control was smaller in these children than in typically developing children.

Families Rock 'N' Roll On The Bay

March 12, 2011
Sixth Annual Bands on the Bay to Benefit Kennedy Krieger's Sturge-Weber Center

BALTIMORE, MD - Music lovers and families are invited to rock 'n' roll for a good cause at the sixth annual Bands on the Bay event Sunday, May 1, 2011. The annual fundraiser for the Hunter Nelson Sturge-Weber Center at the Kennedy Krieger Institute will feature music by the Doug Segree Band; Orlando Phillips, a Caribbean music steel drum musician and former lead vocalist of Caribbean music group Mama Jama; the Fitzmaurice Band; and solo artist, Adam Day. The Washington Redskins' cheerleaders will also make a special appearance.

Spot the Signs: Advice from the Neurohabilitation Concussion Clinic at Kennedy Krieger

September 6, 2010
For Concussion Awareness Week, September 6-11, 2010

The Maryland Public Secondary Schools Athletic Association, in conjunction with all 24 local school systems, has declared, September 6-11th, as Concussion Awareness Week. Recent studies have shown that sports-related concussions in children and adolescents are on the rise, and yet it is believed that they are still under-reported by young athletes. As the fall sports season begins, our Neurorehabilitation Concussion Clinic at Kennedy Krieger has advice on preventing and recognizing a concussion.

Kennedy Krieger Institute Awarded $8.5 Million to Study Aging and Dementia in Adults With Down Syndrome

September 9, 2010
N.I.H. Grant Will Fund Research to Establish Criteria for Determining Alzheimer's Disease, Leading to Early Intervention

(Baltimore, MD) - Early signs of Alzheimer's disease can be difficult to distinguish from the normal aging process in any older adult. For adults with Down syndrome, who are particularly vulnerable to Alzheimer's disease, it is even more so. Because effective intervention needs to begin as early in the disease process as possible, prior to the onset of the irreversible impacts on the brain that are characteristic of this devastating disease, early diagnosis is of critical importance.

Millions Around World To Observe Rare Disease Day

January 14, 2011
World Rare Disease Day on February 28, 2011

(Baltimore, MD) Kennedy Krieger Institute will be joining the National Organization for Rare Disorders (NORD) and others around the world in observing World Rare Disease Day on February 28, 2011. On this day, millions of patients and their families will share their stories to focus a spotlight on rare diseases as an important global public health concern.

Mayor Rawlings-Blake Partners with Kennedy Krieger Institute to Illuminate Baltimore City Hall for Autism Awareness Month

March 24, 2011
Part of International "Light It Up Blue" Campaign

(Baltimore, MD) - For the first time, Baltimore City Hall will be bathed in blue lights during the month of April, as Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake joins the Kennedy Krieger Institute to recognize the millions of families facing the challenges of autism. On April 5, in recognition of Autism Awareness Month, Baltimore City Hall will flip the switch to take part in Light It Up Blue and shine a bright spotlight on autism, a complex, life altering, developmental disorder affecting 1 in 110 U.S. children.

Festival Of Trees: A First Class Trip To The North Pole

October 26, 2010
Kennedy Krieger Institute's annual holiday fundraiser rings in the holiday season

(Baltimore, MD) Flights are departing daily from Baltimore to the North Pole from Friday, November 26 through Sunday, November 28, 2010! A first class trip to the North Pole has never been easier or more fun than with Kennedy Krieger Institute's annual Festival of Trees at the Maryland State Fairgrounds.

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