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News-medical.net: Study finds evidence that genes influence empathy

June 9, 2017

New research has found empathy may have a genetic component that also influences personality, cognition, and psychiatric conditions. Further, although not a novel finding, researchers noted women generally performed better on a test used to gauge empathy than their male counterparts. The findings are highlighted in a new study led by researchers at the University of Cambridge, the University Paris Diderot and the Institut Pasteur, and 23andMe.

Published yesterday in Molecular Psychiatry,

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Dailymail.co.uk: New brain scan could predict autism in newborns with 96% accuracy, study claims

Dailymail.co.uk: New brain scan could predict autism in newborns with 96% accuracy, study claims

A team at the University of North Carolina monitored brains of sleeping infantsThey geared the scan to look at certain connections in the brain that reflect autism: language skills, repetitive behaviors, and social behaviorUsing this they could predict autism in kids with 96% accuracy, they said 

Scientists have developed a brain scan which can

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Huffingtonpost.com: AI Predicts Autism Based On Infant Brain Scans

Huffingtonpost.com: AI Predicts Autism Based On Infant Brain Scans

Brain scans, analyzed using a type of artificial intelligence, can reveal whether 6-month-old babies are likely to develop autism, a new study shows.

The study examined 59 infants who were at high risk of developing autism; that is, each had an older sibling with autism. The artificial intelligence predicted with 100 percent accuracy that 48 infants would not develop autism. In addition, of the 11 infants who did develop the disorder by the time they were

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Miamiherald.com: Tru Blu Sports league helps special-needs children flourish

Miamiherald.com: Tru Blu Sports league helps special-needs children flourish

Tru Blu Sports is a year-round league based in South Miami that helps children with disabilities become successful later on in life.

The league was conceptualized by Savant Patel, now 16, and his family. The idea came after the Patels couldn’t find a special-needs sports program for younger son Rishi, now 14.

“November 2015 was when I approached my parents with the idea and in January 2016 the program was founded,” Savant said. “We couldn’t

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Timminspress.com: Accommodating autistic, allergic children in Timmins

TIMMINS – 

Kerry Trudel describes parenting her sons as both exhausting and amazing.

She said planning everything ahead of time for five-year-olds Xavier and Vincent can be tiring, but “it’s also amazing because they’re hilarious and they’re fun and they’re the best little guys ever.”

The twins suffer from food protein-induced enterocolitis syndrome (FPIES), a type of allergy that causes vomiting, diarrhea and dehydration. They’re also autistic.

“They were diagnosed with FPIES at a year old. They

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Donegalnow.com: Autism Awareness courses to take place in Donegal

Donegalnow.com: Autism Awareness courses to take place in Donegal

Donegal Local Development Company Gaoth Dobhair together with the Early Intervention Team are organising two evenings – one In Dore and one in the Carrick/Kilcar area – on Autism Awareness.

This short training session is suitable for parents, carers, early childhood education workers, teachers etc.

The introductory course aims to enhance knowledge about Autism and will cover, Autism Spectrum Disorder – Definition, characteristics and behaviours in the young child with Autism, How the features of

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Studybreaks.com: ABC's 'The Good Doctor' Features an Autistic Lead, but Raises Concerns

Studybreaks.com: ABC's 'The Good Doctor' Features an Autistic Lead, but Raises Concerns

Reality Check While the show aims to promote neurodiversity, it falls prey to some cringeworthy tropes.

By Eric McInnis, Arcadia University

Within the past few years, Hollywood has slowly but surely begun to acknowledge its diversity problem, allowing a greater voice for women, LGBTQ members and minority groups both behind and in front of the camera.

Of course, the recent push has been a long-awaited one, and it’s absolutely wonderful that Hollywood has decided to actually celebrate groups

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Chicagotribune.com: Autism therapy center to relocate from Northbrook to Deerfield

A Northbrook facility that provides services to individuals on the autism spectrum and their families will soon be moving to Deerfield.

KGH Consultation & Treatment, Inc. will relocate to 1161 Lake Cook Road near Pine Street by January. Kim Hoehne, a board certified behavior analyst and KGH’s founder, said she is redoing the space to meet the requirements of her patients and their families.

“Each room is being done to meet the needs (of

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Psmag.com: America Keeps Criminalizing Autistic Children

Psmag.com: America Keeps Criminalizing Autistic Children

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Why would a school cop in Florida throw a slender, autistic fourth-grade student to the ground? You might assume that the child must have presented some kind of serious threat to himself or others, that other skilled experts had already tried de-escalating interventions, and that there was no other choice. Such was not the case for 10-year-old Seraph Jones. This spring, a school cop threw him down and held him against the

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Themighty.com: Why I Wanted the Autism Label for My Son

There’s a saying you might have heard, “If you meet one person with autism, you’ve met one person with autism.”

Sometimes I wonder if only those who really know someone with autism get how little others understand this saying. Not everyone who has autism has the same characteristics or traits. Just because your friend’s child with autism doesn’t make eye contact doesn’t mean my child won’t either. Just because the man with autism you worked with has a

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Fox6now.com: “Don't feel so alone anymore:” Gym for children with autism helps both the kids and their parents

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BELLEVUE, Washington — A gym has opened near Seattle designed for children on the autism spectrum.  It’s an inclusive space for children to play and have fun and parents to bond with other parents, and it’s open to all children.

From treadmills and cocoon swings to trampolines and ziplines, the We Rock The Spectrum Kid’s Gym in Bellevue, Washington opened its doors to a community eager for

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Huffingtonpost.com: 5 Father's Day Lessons For Every Parent From An Autism Dad

Huffingtonpost.com: 5 Father's Day Lessons For Every Parent From An Autism Dad

When I think about the great fathers that I know, Coach Mike McQuay is right there at the top of the list. I’ve had the privilege of closely observing Coach Mike for a few years now because he volunteers as a coach for the Jersey Hammerheads, the competitive swim team of teens on the autism spectrum that is the subject of my feature documentary film, “Swim Team.”

Coach Mike happens to be the father

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Sun-sentinel.com: Autism Swims program makes a huge splash in Sunrise

It was an idea born out of compassion among Sunrise Swim Club teammates four years ago, and it continues to resonate throughout the South Florida community at large.

The annual Autism Swims event at the Sunrise Aquatic Center and hosted by the Sunrise Swim Club and the City of Sunrise is a blockbuster attraction that brings autism into the forefront through a highly positive activity.

The free get-together attracted approximately 50 autistic participants of

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Eurekalert.org: Animal models can't 'tune out' stimuli, mimicking sensory hypersensitivity in humans

Eurekalert.org: Animal models can't 'tune out' stimuli, mimicking sensory hypersensitivity in humans

VIDEO: Two-photon calcium imaging captured mouse neurons firing in response to whisker tweaks. view more 

By tickling the whiskers of mice, and recording how they respond, UCLA researchers may be closer to understanding why many children with autism cover their ears when they hear loud sounds or can’t tolerate scratchy wool sweaters.

Scientists report in the June 12 issue of the Journal of Neuroscience that mice genetically engineered to mimic a type of autism in humans,

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Sciencedaily.com: Better outcome measures needed for clinical trials for Fragile X Syndrome

A group of researchers from several institutions in the USA, including Johns Hopkins Medicine, reports that its review of 22 clinical trials of fragile X syndrome (FXS) suggests the need for a wider use of newer and improved treatment outcome measurement tools for this and other several neurodevelopmental disorders. FXS is the most common inherited form of intellectual disability and the most common form of autism associated with a single gene mutation.

A report of

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Prnewswire.com: Hopebridge expanding pediatric therapy services for Autism into Kentucky

INDIANAPOLIS, June 12, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — As the largest provider of ABA services in the state of Indiana, Hopebridge is committed to helping children touched by Autism Spectrum Disorders or other developmental delays live the best life possible. With this commitment in mind, we are excited to announce that we are expanding into new areas, adding several new clinic locations throughout the state of Kentucky in 2017.

A new way to receive services: in-clinic therapy modelHopebridge

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Alligator.org: Mural by Women's March Gainesville defaced within one day of painting

On Saturday morning, 15 volunteers from Women’s March Gainesville painted a mural called “Seeds of Resistance: Best Planted Together” on a 34th Street wall, illustrating their stance on controversial opinions such as immigration, healthcare and gay rights. 

Only one day after it was painted, the mural was defaced. Those who painted over the mural wrote their own opinions about the issues displayed, linking those in the “resistance” to autism, dubbing those who identify as LGBTQ+

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