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IU Receives Grant to Study Possible Autism Link


IU has received a $900,000 grant from the National Institutes of Health to study a possible link between autism and body temperature. The study will be conducted by Jeffrey Alberts and Chris Harshaw of the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences.

The researchers will examine the effect of body temperature on mice with genetic disorders that mimic the symptoms of autism. Anecdotally, parents of children with autism have reported that fevers tend to lessen their behavioral symptoms. A 2007 study published in the Journal of Pediatrics confirmed some of those observations, but the nature of that association is still unclear.  Alberts and Harshaw are hoping to take a detailed look at that connection under laboratory conditions.

Daily Local News – March 26, 2014


There is a locally mounted push to have a bicycle-pedestrian bridge built across the new Interstate 69 on Bloomington’s west side, close to its intersection with West 3rd Street; Bloomington’s annual autism program, sponsored by the city’s Community and Family Resources Department, is back on Tuesday, April 1st; A screening of the film It’s a Girl will be held on Sunday, March 30th at the Monroe County Public Library Auditorium. The film is part of an international screening tour working to inform people about gendercide in countries like China and India; A group of sexual assault survivors and supporters have created a petition to eliminate the statute of limitations on sexual assault in Indiana.

Labor Management Committee
This August will mark the 13th year of a unique, local consultative forum for workers and their bosses at a city utility service operation. In 2001 Bloomington established the Labor Management Committee to allow for ongoing consultation and to make recommendations for the operation of the City’s two wastewater-treatment facilities—the Dillman Road plant on the South side and the Blucher Poole plant on the North. John Langley, Deputy Director of the City of Bloomington Utilities, is also a management representative on the committee, and correspondent David Murphy spoke to Langley about it for today’s WFHB feature exclusive.

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Anchors: Cathi Norton, Kelly Wherley
Today’s headlines were written by David Murphy, Ruben Solis, and Chelsea Hardy.
Bloomington Beware was produced by Richard Fish with correspondent Reina Wong.
Rob Powell produced our feature.
Our engineer today is Jim Lang,
Editor is Drew Daudelin, Executive Producer is Alycin Bektesh.

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