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Spectrumnews.org: Australia's new autism diagnosis guidelines may miss the mark

Spectrumnews.org: Australia's new autism diagnosis guidelines may miss the mark

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The first Australian national guidelines for diagnosing autism were released for public consultation last week. The report by the research group Autism CRC was commissioned and funded by Australia’s National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) in October 2016.

The NDIS has taken over the running of Australian federal

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Spectrumnews.org: Protein factories at neuronal junctions take center stage in autism

Spectrumnews.org: Protein factories at neuronal junctions take center stage in autism

Claudia Bagni

Professor, Université de Lausanne

Fiona Hollis

Marie Heim-Vögtlin Fellow, Université de Lausanne

Learning, memory and social behaviors all hinge on the tight control of messages passed between brain cells at junctions called synapses. This communication depends on proteins at these synapses that allow neurons to respond appropriately

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Spectrumnews.org: Studies highlight need to adapt autism tests for African cultures

Spectrumnews.org: Studies highlight need to adapt autism tests for African cultures

Culture clash: Standard English-language tools may not pick up some autism features in Ethiopian children.

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Some of the items on a common diagnostic test for autism may not translate well to African cultures, according to preliminary results from multiple teams. Two teams presented their unpublished results

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Spectrumnews.org: After long wait, 'ACE' announcement delivers mixed news

Spectrumnews.org: After long wait, 'ACE' announcement delivers mixed news

Coveted cash: Nine teams have won multimillion-dollar grants for autism research.

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The National Institutes of Health (NIH) announced yesterday that four autism research networks and five centers will share a pot of nearly $100 million over the next five years. The grants, called the Autism Centers of Excellence

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Spectrumnews.org: South African children with autism may lack access to schools

Spectrumnews.org: South African children with autism may lack access to schools

Urban estimate: Most children diagnosed with autism who attend school in the Western Cape live in cities.

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Only about 0.1 percent of children in the Western Cape province of South Africa have autism, according to a review of school records. The unpublished results were presented today

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Spectrumnews.org: Epilepsy drugs pose risks to developing brains, study suggests

Spectrumnews.org: Epilepsy drugs pose risks to developing brains, study suggests

Drug dilemma: The benefits of taking epilepsy drugs while pregnant may outweigh the risks.

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Some drugs used to treat epilepsy harm children who are exposed to them in the womb or through breast milk, a new analysis of the literature suggests1. The drug valproate is particularly risky, boosting

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Spectrumnews.org: Adolescents with autism need access to better sex education

Spectrumnews.org: Adolescents with autism need access to better sex education

Steven Stagg

Lecturer, Anglia Ruskin University

Intimacy is part of being human. There are well-documented benefits to positive relationships, from emotional security to good mental health1. Those who want relationships and can’t develop them face low self-esteem, depression, loneliness and isolation from the wider society2.

For adolescents, learning how

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Spectrumnews.org: Eric Courchesne: Reaching for the rings in autism research

Spectrumnews.org: Eric Courchesne: Reaching for the rings in autism research

Eric Courchesne’s career in autism research began with an elevator pitch.

It was around 1980, and Courchesne had just started his first faculty job in the neuroscience department at the University of California, San Diego. In the elevator at Rady Children’s Hospital one day, he met a clinical psychologist. They exchanged

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Spectrumnews.org: Autism drugs may alter brain connectivity

Spectrumnews.org: Autism drugs may alter brain connectivity

Pattern recognition: Relative to controls, children with autism taking certain drugs have greater functional connectivity between brain regions (top, red), whereas unmedicated children with autism show less connectivity (bottom, blue).

Children with autism who take certain medications have different patterns of brain connectivity than do unmedicated children with the condition,

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Spectrumnews.org: Music therapy for autism shows minimal social benefit

Spectrumnews.org: Music therapy for autism shows minimal social benefit

Joint effort: A strong connection with a music therapist may help children with autism improve their social skills.

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Music therapy does not alleviate social difficulties in children with autism, suggests a large international study1.

Engaging with music is thought to help children become more flexible, responsive and attentive,

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Spectrumnews.org: New diagnosis covers 'borderlands' of autism spectrum

Spectrumnews.org: New diagnosis covers 'borderlands' of autism spectrum

Syndrome similarity: Some children who do not have autism may meet the criteria for social communication disorder.

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Children with social (pragmatic) communication disorder (SCD) have the same features as children with autism — just fewer of them, according to a large study of children with either condition1. The

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