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When caregivers fail – what happens to autism acceptance?

By Autism Daily Newscast

The 17-year-old involved in the incident attends a special needs school.

Ms da-Silva told the Daily Mail that the two men accompanying the teenager during the supervised trip, gave no explanation to her about who they were and told her that they had to get the young man away from the …read more

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Free individualized wallet card for individuals with autism

By Autism Daily Newscast

Disability Independence Group (DIG) – Following on from our series about autism and law enforcement, the Disability Independence Group (DIG) got in touch with us in order to share their free individualized wallet card for persons on the autism spectrum.

The mission statement, taken from their website is as follows:

‘Expanding opportunities …read more

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Broad Institute of MIT researcher honored for groundbreaking research using new gene editing tool

The newest gene editing tool – called CRISPR-Cas9 – is leading to new research possibilities in cell biology and neuroscience. This includes the ability to make transgenic animal models more quickly, which helps researchers better study diseases that affect thousands of people each year. …read more

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‘MAR Test’ developed to detect ‘autoantibodies’ in women that allegedly cause autism in children

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Sacramento, Calif. — Scientists from the Pediatric Bioscience developed a test to detect the presence of what they call ‘autoantibodies‘ in women which they claim are responsible for at least some of the cases of autism in children.

‘Autoantibodies’ are a type of maternal antibodies which, scientists observed, are responsible for …read more

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CMU scientists trace the brain processes that occur while learning new technical concepts

For the first time, Carnegie Mellon University scientists have traced the brain processes that occur during the learning of technical concepts. Published in NeuroImage, the findings reveal how new technical knowledge is built up in the brain during the course of different learning stages. …read more

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Anesthetics interfere with certain proteins in excitatory neurons that transmit signals

Anesthetics have been used in surgical procedures for more than 150 years, but the mechanisms by which inhaled anesthesia actually work are poorly understood. Now, researchers at Johns Hopkins Medicine have discovered that anesthetics bind to and interfere with certain proteins in excitatory neurons, which are necessary for these neurons …read more

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European scientists identify gene linked with certain types of early-onset epilepsy

Certain types of early-onset epilepsy are caused by previously unknown mutations of a potassium channel gene, KCNA2. The mutations disrupt the electrical balance in the brain in two ways. In some patients, the flow of potassium is greatly reduced; while in others, it is raised enormously. Both states can lead …read more

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International experts to present latest child development research at SRCD’s Biennial Meeting

The Society for Research in Child Development will hold its Biennial Meeting in Philadelphia at the Pennsylvania Convention Center March 19 – 21, 2015. This meeting brings together thousands of child development experts from around the world to present about the latest interdisciplinary research. …read more

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