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‘Lion King’ changes for autism: Broadway show accepts autistic audience

2014-10-18 20:27

The “Lion King” continues to be a popular Broadway production, but it was recently changed to meet the needs of a special audience. The show was adjusted for people with autism, so they could enjoy it at the Boston Opera House. More than 2,000 people attended the autism-friendly program, and other cities are considering the idea of holding similar productions.

Autism can sometimes limit the ability of families to enjoy events such as Broadway shows because they are worried about their autistic loved ones reacting to the sounds, smells and visuals in a ne

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Gluten-free diet backlash: Celiac disease news

2014-10-18 17:36

Diet trends often receive backlash from the public, and the gluten-free diet has not been able to escape this. Although it is recommended by medical professionals for people with celiac disease or gluten sensitivities, other people have adopted it without having either condition. The diet has been called a fad due to its popularity, and the criticism is hurting people with celiac disease.

Critics of the gluten-free diet point to previous fads such as the low carbohydrate diet or cabbage soup diet.

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Michael Jackson concert tribute will be performed by girl with Asperger’s syndrome

2014-10-17 20:36

The Michael Jackson concert in Nevada will feature a young girl with a special talent. Falynne Lewing has Asperger’s syndrome and had problems walking as a child, but these issues are not visible once she starts to dance. The 13-year-old will be a featured dancer at the tribute concert in Reno.

Fans of Michael Jackson will be fortunate to see a young girl perform the amazing moves at Grand Sierra Resort during the tribute concert.

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Gluten-free pancake and waffle mix recalled: New Hope Mills chia mix

2014-10-17 19:39

A gluten-free pancake and waffle mix is being recalled because of an undeclared ingredient. The official name on the package is New Hope Mills Gluten Free Chia Pancake and Waffle Mix, and it was sold in 16 oz boxes. The company has shared that soy is not labeled on the package but included in the ingredients and may cause problems for people who are allergic to it.

The recalled New Hope Mills Gluten Free Chia Pancake and Waffle Mix was sold in multiple locations, but the company believes only the following states were affected: Florida, Pennsylvania, New York

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Brainerd questions water chlorination after contamination

2014-10-16 21:59

The town of Brainerd in Minnesota is questioning the idea of adding chlorine to its water supply on a permanent basis after recent contamination. Although the city currently uses chlorine sparingly, it is considering the option of following the trend of other towns and using it all the time. Residents are concerned about the impact on the taste of the water.

Brainerd is one of the few locations that does not add chlorine to its water on a routine basis. Instead, it handles contamination on a case by case basis and adds the chemical if it is needed.

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Autistic boy’s bicycle is stolen: Family wants help

2014-10-16 19:00

An autistic boy in Haverhill is missing the chance to enjoy his special bicycle after it was stolen from his family’s yard. Brenda Burns explains that the bike has a custom-made cart for her autistic son, and it is not possible to find another one in Massachusetts. The family hopes the thief will have a change of heart and return the bicycle.

Sawyer Burns loved using the custom-made cart attached to the bicycle because it let him enjoy the outdoors without reminding him of his inability to actually ride a regular bike.

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Arsenic dangers in gluten-free rice foods for celiac disease

2014-10-16 18:06

People with celiac disease and gluten sensitivities often turn to products made with rice flour in an attempt to escape the protein. However, researchers in Spain have analyzed gluten-free rice foods and discovered disturbing levels of arsenic. They are concerned about the impact this dangerous substance will have on people who consume large quantities of rice products.

Researchers focused on a variety of gluten-free rice products including bread, pasta, cookies, milk and other items.

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Wisconsin family wants special street signs for autistic child

2014-10-15 20:31

A family in Wisconsin wants special street signs for their autistic child, but the Autism Society of Southeast Wisconsin is not supporting them. The society believes the signs may actually lead to more problems and does not want them installed. The Krencisz family is asking the city of Racine to warn drivers that a child with autism lives on their street.

The Krencisz family believes their 5-year-old autistic son is a run-away risk based on his past behavior.

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Seitan dangers for celiac disease: Avoiding wheat gluten

2014-10-15 18:56

Seitan is a popular ingredient in many Asian dishes, but it is dangerous for people with celiac disease and gluten sensitivities. Seitan is wheat gluten and is made completely from wheat, yet it can be used as a meat substitute. Vegan and vegetarian meals often rely on seitan, but people who are sensitive to gluten must learn to avoid it.

Seitan is found in many vegetarian dishes as a meat substitute because its texture and taste can act as a good replacement.

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Water contamination from Scotchgard chemical worries EPA

2014-10-14 21:46

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is still concerned about a chemical that used to be an ingredient in Scotchgard and has been removed. It is contaminating water, and a recent study reveals it is showing up in freshwater fish. The EPA points out perfluorooctane sulfonic acid or perfluorooctane sulfonate (PFOS) is able to accumulate in the body from multiple sources.

A study conducted by the EPA reveals that perfluorooctane sulfonic acid is part of a group of perfluorinated compoun

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