The Daily DFM (03.28.14)

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1. Women and whiskey: Raise a glass to a complicated relationship

By Jessica Glenza/Digital First Media

2. Autism prevalence among US children on the rise


Andrew Ashline, who has autism, kisses his mother, Jo Ashline, at their home in Orange, Calif.

Andrew Ashline, who has autism, kisses his mother, Jo Ashline, at their home in Orange, Calif. Nick Ut/AP Photo

Andrew Ashline, who has autism, kisses his mother, Jo Ashline, at their home in Orange, Calif. Nick Ut/AP Photo

About one in 68 children were identified with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), a 30 percent rise over the last estimate released in 2012, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Thursday.

The latest U.S. data from the CDCshow that the "proportion of children with autism and higher IQ (is) on the rise," said a CDC statement.

Previously, as many as one in 88 U.S. children were known to have ASD, a developmental disorder that recent research suggests may originate in the womb.

The prevalence of autism varied widely, from one in 175 children in Alabama to one in 45 children in New Jersey.

The data continued to show that autism is more common in boys than in girls, with one in 42 boys diagnosed with autism, compared to one in 189 girls. White children were more likely to be identified with ASD than black or Hispanic children. About 1 in 63 white children, 1 in 81 black children, and 1 in 93 Hispanic children were identified with ASD.

The reasons for the rise were unclear, but the CDC said the criteria used to diagnose autism spectrum disorder and the methods used to collect data have not changed.

The American Academy of Pediatrics issued a statement that said the CDC report shows the "urgent need" for culturally sensitive screening and access to intervention strategies.

"It's critical that we as a society do not become numb to these numbers," said Susan Hyman, chair of the AAP autism subcommittee. "They remind us of the work we need to do in educating clinicians and parents in effective interventions for all children, including those with developmental disabilities."

3. Here is the epic shootout between the Islanders and the Lightning, in one long video

By Jeremy Binckes/Digital First Media

Tied at two after regulation, the Tampa Bay Lightning and New York Islanders went into a shootout for the ages.

The Lightning and Islanders went to 13 rounds, before Tampa Bay came away with the 3-2 win. It was one of the longest shootouts in NHL history. Nine goals were scored, while 17 shots were saved by goalies Ben Bishop and Evgeni Nabokov. In the 13th, Tampa Bay defenseman Sami Salo scored his first career shootout goal. Bishop then stopped New York forward Johan Sundstrom.

The two teams set a record for the highest combined goal total in a shootout, but it wasn't the longest shootout ever; that distinction belongs to the New York Rangers and Washington Capitals, who went to 15 rounds in a 2005 game.

4. 10 Gmail hacks to help you master your inbox

By Yohana Desta/Mashable

5. Vermont AG's office warns of debit card texting scam

MONTPELIER (AP) - The Vermont Attorney General's Office is warning consumers to not respond to calls or texts about a debit card problem.

Its Consumer Assistance Program has received a number of reports of fraudulent texts. Some of them claim to be "Merchants Bank" or different bank, indicating that the consumer's debit card number has been locked and that the consumer should call 802-373-6589 or similar number.

The attorney general's office says these are fraudulent text messages and are not affiliated with any bank, part of a scam to try to obtain confidential personal information. The office says consumers who have already responded should contact the bank that issued the debit card immediately to protect their accounts.


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