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A selection of stories from major news organisations and sites specialising in Autism and related subjects.

Msn.com: This Simple Eye Test Could Be the Key to Catching Autism Early–Here's How

Msn.com: This Simple Eye Test Could Be the Key to Catching Autism Early–Here's How

© Nik Bruining/shutterstock Nearly one percent of the world’s population has autism spectrum disorder (ASD), the Autism Society reports, and thanks to a new study, experts have one more potential way to catch the disorder early. We already know about some signs and symptoms of autism, including trouble with

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Medicalnewstoday.com: MRI reveals striking brain differences in people with genetic autism

Medicalnewstoday.com: MRI reveals striking brain differences in people with genetic autism

In the first major study of its kind, researchers using MRI have identified structural abnormalities in the brains of people with one of the most common genetic causes of autism, according to a new study published online in the journal Radiology. The abnormalities visible on brain images corresponded to cognitive and

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Medicalnewstoday.com: Autism may reflect excitation-inhibition imbalance in brain, study finds

Medicalnewstoday.com: Autism may reflect excitation-inhibition imbalance in brain, study finds

A study by Stanford University investigators suggests that key features of autism reflect an imbalance in signaling from excitatory and inhibitory neurons in a portion of the forebrain, and that reversing the imbalance could alleviate some of its hallmark symptoms.

In a series of experiments conducted on a mouse model

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Dailymail.co.uk: Boyfriend is found guilty of murdering woman's autistic teenage son whom he'd starved, beaten …

Dailymail.co.uk: Boyfriend is found guilty of murdering woman's autistic teenage son whom he'd starved, beaten …

Matthew Christenson, 45, convicted of second-degree murder in the 2014 killing of Otto SmithSmith was 18 years old at the time of his death, but because of his severe autism functioned at the level of a 2-year-old Christenson starved Smith and his 13-year-old brother, made them exercise for hours because he

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Dailymail.co.uk: Shocking video shows teacher and aide DRAGGING a seven-year-old autistic boy through the …

Dailymail.co.uk: Shocking video shows teacher and aide DRAGGING a seven-year-old autistic boy through the …

Video released on Thursdy shows shocking scene in Crestline, Ohio schoolTeacher and aide seen hauling and dragging Corbin Kemle, 7, through the hallsThe special needs student had apparently been acting up on the playground Now angry mother Bonnie McKean speaks out in outrage about the incident

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Theguardian.com: Atypical review – by-numbers autism comedy – with added penguins

Theguardian.com: Atypical review – by-numbers autism comedy – with added penguins

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Netflix’s new coming-of-age comedy tries hard to portray Sam and his family as representative but the autism feels shoehorned in to a generic sitcom

Tick tick tick. Typically atypical … Atypical. Photograph: Adam Rose/Eddy Chen/Netflix Television Atypical review – by-numbers autism comedy –

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Dailymail.co.uk: 'It uses autism for laughs': Outrage over new Netflix dramedy about a high school boy on the spectrum – but some experts applaud the show for starting a dialogue

Dailymail.co.uk: 'It uses autism for laughs': Outrage over new Netflix dramedy about a high school boy on the spectrum – but some experts applaud the show for starting a dialogue

Atypical debuted on Netflix today, telling the story of a teen with autismThe highly-anticipated show was praised for spotlighting the spectrumHowever, it received backlash with many saying it used autism for laughsSome experts praised it, and said it is impossible to portray all forms of autism

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News-medical.net: Scientists create stem cell-based model of rare inherited neurological condition

News-medical.net: Scientists create stem cell-based model of rare inherited neurological condition

August 11, 2017

An international team of scientists, led by University of California San Diego School of Medicine researchers, has created a human stem cell-based model of a rare, but devastating, inherited neurological autoimmune condition called Aicardi-Goutieres Syndrome (AGS). In doing so, the team was able to identify unusual and

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News-medical.net: Researchers unravel genetic characteristics that increase risk of developing Tourette syndrome

News-medical.net: Researchers unravel genetic characteristics that increase risk of developing Tourette syndrome

August 10, 2017

An international research team including Vasiliy Ramensky, a member of the MIPT Life Sciences Center, has unraveled genetic characteristics that increase the risk of developing Tourette syndrome. Tourette’s is a central nervous system disorder which is often inherited. The scientists compared the data of thousands of people

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Nytimes.com: Review: Autism, Hormones and Family in Netflix's 'Atypical'

Nytimes.com: Review: Autism, Hormones and Family in Netflix's 'Atypical'

By NEIL GENZLINGERAugust 10, 2017

Maybe it’s deliberate that “Atypical” feels out of phase — sort of a comedy; almost a drama; its narrative storytelling occasionally interrupted by voice-overs that seem as if they belong in another show. “Atypical” is, after all, about a young man who doesn’t fit easily into what many

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Latimes.com: The truth about autism: Ron's story

Latimes.com: The truth about autism: Ron's story

When he was 18 months old, autism advocate Ron Sandison regressed rapidly. He lost the ability to verbally communicate and was unable to engage in eye contact. In kindergarten, he was labeled “emotionally impaired.”

Sandison’s mother didn’t give up and had top-notch professionals test him. His condition was confirmed as

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