Chinese Economy vs. US Economy

Red Mao vs. GreenbackWho needs the other more, the US or China? While the US has continually stated that its economy is solid, available facts have proved otherwise. Today, China is the principal bearer of the US government debt.

Why is China so important to the US economy?

The United States need China for 2 main reasons:

–          China is the leading source of low-cost factory-made goods.

–          China is the prime holder of the federal government debt.

Nobody thought much of the Chinese economy two decades ago. As a matter of fact, a majority of people thought that the Japanese economy would eclipse the US economy. However, this is not the case as the Chinese are fast rising and taking over the world.

China has managed to liberalize its economy since the 70s. The nation is not only open to foreign investors, but is also assertively following economic growth. While China is still a fairly poor nation, globalization has enabled the coastal regions to develop by leaps and bounds.

What makes China important to the US economy?

Each time Chinese manufacturers transport their merchandizes to the US, they are paid in US dollars. They then give these dollars to their government in exchange for Chinese Yuan. In return, the Chinese government uses the US dollars to purchase US Treasury debts. Consequently, China has become the biggest sole proprietor of Treasury debt. By opting to invest so much cash in treasury bonds, the Chinese government has singlehandedly managed to minimize the interest rates which the US government has to pay.

The million dollar question therefore is, “Will China have a say in US matters in a few years to come?”

What are the Likely Causes of Autism?

Autism Kid

Having received numerous interests on the subject ‘autism’, I decided to write a follow-up on my previous article titled “Living with autistic children.” Autism is one of the ailments that affect millions of children worldwide. Whereas there are no known causes for autism, doctors believe that the disorder is triggered by genetic factors. Recent studies into likely autism causes convincingly imply that particular individuals are genetically predisposed to the condition. Other likely triggers entail irregular levels of neurotransmitters inside the brain. Environmental factors have also been thought to play a role in autism causes and symptoms.

Family factors

In families that have an autistic child, the danger of having second autistic child with the syndrome is roughly 5%. This translates to 1 in every 20 children. Scientists are searching for clues regarding the genes that influence increased vulnerability. In a number of instances, parents and relatives with an autistic child display trivial impairments not only in social, but also communication skills. If you are keen, you will notice that such people have repetitive behaviors. Testimonies also imply that a number of emotional disorders, for example, maniac depression, appears more often in families with autistic children.

Scientists have also been able to disapprove the age old theory that parental practices are accountable for autism.

Neurotransmitters

Certain studies imply that persons suffering from autism tend to have unusual amounts of serotonin in their brains. These anomalies imply that autism can be caused as a result of disturbance of normal brain growth during the initial stages of fetal development triggered by flaws in the genes responsible for controlling brain development as well as the genes that control how neurons correspond with one another. Whereas these revelations are interesting, it is important to point out that they are preliminary and still need further research.

Living with Autistic Children

Live autism

Recent statistics by the CDC – Center for Disease and Prevention show that there is 1 in every 91 children living with autism in the United States. As a matter of fact, it is believed that there are roughly 1 million people in the US that are autistic. The studies further showed that autism prevalence will increase by more than 20% in the next three years. CDC US anticipates that more children will be diagnosed with autism in 2012 than type 2 diabetes, AIDS and cancer pooled. This goes on to show that there are more families living with autism and as such need assistance on how to live with autistic children.

Before looking at how to live with an autistic child, let us first of all define the term autism.

What is autism?

Autism is a condition that causes a child to experience his or her environment differently from other children. Children living with autism not only find it hard to dialog with other people, but also difficult to articulate themselves by making use of words. Children who have autism normally recoil to themselves and most cannot interconnect without special assistance.

Living with autism children

Living with an autistic child can cause a lot of anxiety and stress for members of a household. Given that there is no treatment for autism, it is important that families living with autistic child to exercise patience and steadfastness. The following are tips and guidelines on how to live with autistic child:

Tips

–          Address any form of anxiety that may prop up while caring for an autistic child. This can be achieved by sharing responsibility and ensuring that every member of the family has time for themselves.

–          Make use of every resource to assist you live with an autistic child. For example, you can visit The American Society of Autism official website for links to certified professionals such as occupational and speech therapists, camps for autistic children, psychiatrists and schools for autistic children.

–          Ensure that your home is childproof. Making your home accident proof ensures that injuries are prevented.

While it is challenging to live with an autistic child, it’s not entirely impossible.

Finding My Flipside

Being my very first blog post, I thought it would be better if I started with something simpler – Finding your flipside. “Every problem or an obstacle contains an opportunity as big, and sometimes bigger than the problem itself”. This is a layman’s definition to the term flipside. This week, I embarked on a self-discovery journey to find my flipside. It’s my prayer that I will find it sooner rather than later.