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Getting a good night’s rest is vital for neurodiverse children – pediatric sleep experts explain why

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Friday, April 19, 2024

If you’re a parent with kids at home, it often leaves you and your children on edge.

Key Points: 
  • If you’re a parent with kids at home, it often leaves you and your children on edge.
  • Children with neurodiverse conditions, such as autism and attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, or ADHD, are even more susceptible to the effects of poor sleep, given their emotional reactivity and impulsivity..
  • Struggles with sleep have been linked to increased aggression, irritability, inattention and hyperactivity in children with autism spectrum disorder.

The science behind sleep difficulties

  • There are multiple reasons why neurodiverse children don’t sleep well, including medical conditions, biological causes and behavioral and environmental factors.
  • Medical conditions, such as obstructive sleep apnea or epilepsy, can affect a child’s sleep.
  • Medications that are used to treat medical conditions, such as antidepressants for mood disorders or stimulants for ADHD, can further disrupt sleep.

Treating sleep problems


All of these factors can be addressed and treated. A thorough evaluation by the child’s health care provider may reveal a medical cause, or medication, that is interfering with sleep. Behavioral approaches can make a big difference in improving sleep. These might include:
Changes to daytime habits, including getting lots of morning light and physical activity.
Shifts in evening habits, such as removing all screens (TV, computers, phones, etc.) and establishing calming bedtime routines.
Modifications to how a parent interacts with their child for those families who would like a child to fall asleep and stay asleep independently.

  • It’s important to note that not all families want their children to sleep on their own.
  • Because there are so many factors that can cause disrupted sleep, addressing sleep problems cannot be a one-size-fits-all approach and should be done in partnership with parents.
  • Our team has developed a family-centered approach to address sleep problems in neurodiverse children.

The ups and downs of melatonin

  • While behavioral approaches are recommended as a first-line treatment, melatonin can be helpful in jump-starting a behavioral routine.
  • Overdoses can result from children eating a bunch of gummies, or parents not understanding how much melatonin is safe to give.
  • To help parents sift through all the resources and articles on melatonin on the internet and social media, one of us created a video and wrote several blogs on melatonin safety.
  • These include topics like whether children can become dependent on melatonin supplements over time, whether taking melatonin will delay puberty, whether children might experience side effects from taking melatonin and more.

Promoting healthier sleep


Here are some general tips for helping your child sleep better, regardless of whether they are neurodiverse:
Choose a consistent bedtime and wake time. This consistency will help children’s own natural melatonin kick in.
Make sure bedtime isn’t too early. For example, an 8 p.m. bedtime is too early for most 10-year-olds. Neurodiverse children may struggle to sleep and will become more anxious, which makes going to sleep even harder.
Help your child get natural sunlight in the morning. Morning sunlight sets our brain’s internal clock so that we can fall asleep more easily at bedtime.
Ensure your child is getting physical activity during the day.
Minimize naps longer than one hour, or after 4 p.m. for school-age children. Naps can interfere with going to sleep at night.
Avoid caffeine, including many types of soda, tea and chocolate.
Turn off all screens and smartphones at least 30 minutes before bedtime.
In the evening leading up to bedtime, turn down all lights in the house. Consider using red night lights, if possible. Set any devices to night mode in the evening to limit exposure to blue light.
Create wind-down time in place of screens. Have your child identify an activity they enjoy that is calming and soothing, such as reading a book, coloring or listening to music. If a bath is stimulating, move it to earlier in the evening, such as after dinner.
Help your child learn to fall asleep without needing you or their devices to be there with them. That way, they will settle down on their own at bedtime. And when they wake up throughout the night, since we all wake up in the night, they will be able to go right back to sleep without becoming fully awake.
For more tips, see Autism Speaks for free downloads of brochures and visual aids.

  • She also receives funding from the American Academy of Sleep Medicine.
  • She has received funding from the American Academy of Sleep Medicine and Autism Speaks for research on sleep in children with ASD.

EQS-News: Siltronic ends wafer production for 'small diameters'

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Wednesday, April 10, 2024

Munich, March 22, 2024 – Siltronic AG (MDAX/TecDAX: WAF) plans to gradually cease production of polished and epitaxial small diameter wafers at its Burghausen site.

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  • Munich, March 22, 2024 – Siltronic AG (MDAX/TecDAX: WAF) plans to gradually cease production of polished and epitaxial small diameter wafers at its Burghausen site.
  • Siltronic currently produces wafers with a diameter of 300 mm, 200 mm and wafers with smaller diameters (SD) of up to 150 mm.
  • "SD wafer production at Siltronic originated in Burghausen in 1968.
  • As one of the leading wafer manufacturers, Siltronic is globally oriented and operates production sites in Asia, Europe, and the USA.

Secure Digital Vault Leader, IronClad Family Puts RUFADAA into Practical Action for Estate Planners and Financial Advisors

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Monday, March 25, 2024

This leaves a huge hole in most people's estate planning that we are working to close," commented Ironclad Family's CEO, Sahar Lester.

Key Points: 
  • This leaves a huge hole in most people's estate planning that we are working to close," commented Ironclad Family's CEO, Sahar Lester.
  • Financial advisors are also including digital financial assets such as crypto and faces the challenge of ensuring proper transfer of these assets to eligible family members.
  • In response to this, the REVISED Uniform Access to Digital Assets Act (RUFADAA) was proposed and has been adopted by forty-six states.
  • For consumers who want to take care of their assets on their own, they can easily create their own IronClad Family vault online by going to https://www.ironcladfamily.com/digital-protection .

Muangthai Capital Elevates to World Class Status as Premier Thai Microfinance Institution

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Wednesday, March 13, 2024

BANGKOK, Mar 13, 2024 - (ACN Newswire) - Mr. Parithad Petampai, Deputy Managing Director of Muangthai Capital, a leading player in the microfinance sector, recently shared his visionary insights on propelling the company towards global recognition as a world class Thai microfinance institution.

Key Points: 
  • BANGKOK, Mar 13, 2024 - (ACN Newswire) - Mr. Parithad Petampai, Deputy Managing Director of Muangthai Capital, a leading player in the microfinance sector, recently shared his visionary insights on propelling the company towards global recognition as a world class Thai microfinance institution.
  • The key changes lie in refining processes and structures to foster growth and profitability over immediate gains.
  • Our vision is for Muangthai Capital to be a World Class Microfinance Company.
  • We will continue to focus on core services, being customer and employee centric, with a sustainable focus for Muangthai Capital to be a World Class Thai Microfinance Company.

One Stop Systems Expands Business Development Team to Support Growth in U.S. and International Defense and Commercial Markets

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Tuesday, April 9, 2024

ESCONDIDO, Calif., April 09, 2024 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- One Stop Systems, Inc. (“OSS” or the "Company") (Nasdaq: OSS), a leader in rugged Enterprise Class compute for artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning (ML) and sensor processing at the edge, today announced that it has expanded its business development team and appointed Craig Powell Business Development Executive. Under this new role, Powell will be responsible for expanding the Company’s sales opportunities in U.S. and International defense and commercial markets.

Key Points: 
  • Under this new role, Powell will be responsible for expanding the Company’s sales opportunities in U.S. and International defense and commercial markets.
  • Mike Knowles, Chief Executive Officer, stated, “Investing in our sales infrastructure is an important strategic focus as we pursue significant opportunities across our defense and commercial markets.
  • Prior to this, Powell held senior level Business Development positions at Systel, Inc., a leading provider of ruggedized computers, purpose-built for mission success for defense and commercial deployments.
  • He also held Business Development positions at Rheinmetall Defense, Haivision, L3Harris Technologies, Teledyne FLIR, and American Apex Corporation.

Jamf Event showcases product innovations aimed at helping organizations meet security and compliance needs

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Tuesday, April 9, 2024

Compliance Editor with Jamf Pro for iOS and iPadOS removes ambiguity around enforcing compliance on mobile devices - Compliance Editor is the tool that generates deployable configuration files in Jamf Pro that allow organizations to meet CIS benchmarks.

Key Points: 
  • Compliance Editor with Jamf Pro for iOS and iPadOS removes ambiguity around enforcing compliance on mobile devices - Compliance Editor is the tool that generates deployable configuration files in Jamf Pro that allow organizations to meet CIS benchmarks.
  • Jamf announced Compliance Editor is now available for iOS and iPadOS, ensuring consistent security benchmarks can be met across Mac, iPhone and iPad.
  • Jamf Routines in Jamf Pro make powerful self-healing workflows a reality - Jamf announced Jamf Routines, which offers Jamf Pro customers new no-code automations and integrations to make IT teams more powerful and efficient.
  • With Jamf Routines, admins can also specify when a re-deploy of the Jamf Management Framework may be required to get devices back into compliance, improving overall security and compliance posture.

WTW announces appointment of Sean Plankey as Global Leader Cybersecurity Software

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Monday, April 8, 2024

LONDON, April 08, 2024 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- WTW (NASDAQ: WTW), a leading global advisory, broking, and solutions company, today announced the appointment of Sean Plankey as Global Leader Cybersecurity Software.

Key Points: 
  • LONDON, April 08, 2024 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- WTW (NASDAQ: WTW), a leading global advisory, broking, and solutions company, today announced the appointment of Sean Plankey as Global Leader Cybersecurity Software.
  • In this new role, Plankey, a leading cybersecurity expert, will spearhead the commercialization of WTW's innovative cybersecurity software.
  • Commenting on Plankey's appointment, WTW CEO, Carl Hess, said, "Innovation and technology are central to WTW's strategy and client offering.
  • WTW is proud to be at the forefront of developing cutting-edge cybersecurity software, which we are now poised to bring to market for the benefit of our clients."

DATA BREACH ALERT: Edelson Lechtzin LLP Is Investigating Claims On Behalf Of Customers Whose Personal Data May Have Been Compromised By The City of Hope Data Breach

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Friday, April 5, 2024

NEWTOWN, Pa., April 05, 2024 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The law firm of Edelson Lechtzin LLP is investigating claims regarding data privacy violations by City of Hope, a cancer hospital and research center.

Key Points: 
  • NEWTOWN, Pa., April 05, 2024 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The law firm of Edelson Lechtzin LLP is investigating claims regarding data privacy violations by City of Hope, a cancer hospital and research center.
  • City of Hope learned of suspicious activity on or about October 13, 2023.
  • On or about October 13, 2023, City of Hope detected suspicious activity on its computer systems and took immediate action to contain it.
  • Edelson Lechtzin LLP is investigating bringing a class action lawsuit to seek legal remedies on behalf of customers who may have had their sensitive personal and patient data compromised by the City of Hope data breach.

Illegal Surveillance In Americans Homes & Devices Immediate Oversight Of Clearview AI & Similar Technologies Demanded By The McWhorter Foundation

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Wednesday, April 3, 2024

These technologies can capture detailed and intimate information about our private lives​ ( Brookings )​​ ( Brennan Center for Justice )​.

Key Points: 
  • These technologies can capture detailed and intimate information about our private lives​ ( Brookings )​​ ( Brennan Center for Justice )​.
  • The use of surveillance technology, including data monitoring and facial recognition, by law enforcement has significantly expanded, raising important questions about privacy, especially within private settings.
  • Independent Oversight and Regulation: We demand the establishment of rigorous oversight mechanisms, including independent bodies that involve community representatives to oversee the deployment and use of surveillance technologies.
  • McWhorter Foundation has not registered with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and may operate under exemptions.

Ocean Power Technologies Announces “Merrows”: A Consolidated Solution for Maritime Domain Awareness

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Tuesday, April 2, 2024

Merrows will be OPT’s groundbreaking consolidated solution offering comprehensive ocean surveillance.

Key Points: 
  • Merrows will be OPT’s groundbreaking consolidated solution offering comprehensive ocean surveillance.
  • Maritime Domain Awareness represents a complex challenge that encompasses the collection and transmission of data relating to all aspects of, on, under, adjacent to, or bordering on a sea, ocean, or other navigable waterway.
  • Ocean security is national security, and through Merrows, OPT is dedicated to providing the technologies and insights necessary to secure our maritime domains.
  • For more information about Ocean Power Technologies, visit www.OceanPowerTechnologies.com .