Topstories

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

News-medical.net: Autism treatment: Social impairments can be corrected by brain stimulation

News-medical.net: Autism treatment: Social impairments can be corrected by brain stimulation

December 13, 2017

Scientists are examining the feasibility of treating autistic children with neuromodulation after a new study showed social impairments can be corrected by brain stimulation.

The research from the O’Donnell Brain Institute provides the first evidence that a specific part of the cerebellum, a region near the brain

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Huffingtonpost.com: Autism Without Fear: Remembering Donna Williams

Huffingtonpost.com: Autism Without Fear: Remembering Donna Williams

by Michael John Carley

When Australian spectrumite author, Donna Williams, passed after a long ride with breast cancer, her death in the U.S. went noticeably…unnoticed. Despite the internet’s capacity to sever distance, our collective loss on April 22, 2017 occurred like the far away event it geographically was. The news

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Dailymail.co.uk: 'I wish I was normal but I'm not': Autistic boy, eight, who tried to kill himself with scissors writes …

Dailymail.co.uk: 'I wish I was normal but I'm not': Autistic boy, eight, who tried to kill himself with scissors writes …

Jack Rogan, eight, wrote series of heartbreaking notes about ‘not being normal’He wrote notes saying ‘what is wrong with me’, ‘I hate my life’ and ‘burn me alive’ Family said he tried to kill himself with scissors and they admitted him to hospitalBut they say he has been waiting seven weeks

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Autismspeaks.org: Autism Speaks' new strategic plan for science sets funding priorities

Autismspeaks.org: Autism Speaks' new strategic plan for science sets funding priorities

A letter from Autism Speaks Chief Science Officer Thomas Frazier

Today, we’re pleased to release Autism Speaks’ new Strategic Plan for Science 2018-2020. It focuses our research funding for the next three years on areas that will best deliver on our commitment to “enhance lives today and accelerate a

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Autismspeaks.org: Autism Speaks releases new strategic plan for science

Autismspeaks.org: Autism Speaks releases new strategic plan for science

Three-year plan focuses funding on research that can best improve lives today and accelerate the delivery of personalized therapies and other services in the years ahead

December 13, 2017

(December 13, 2017) Autism Speaks today released its Strategic Plan for Science 2018-2020, with emphasis on the organization’s mission

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Spectrumnews.org: Why autism remains hidden in Africa

Spectrumnews.org: Why autism remains hidden in Africa

Raising awareness:

Most Africans are largely unaware of autism, despite its prevalence; to be fair, child mortality and malnutrition are more urgent concerns for most people. In surveys conducted in Kenya, Nigeria, Tanzania and Ethiopia, healthcare workers and families frequently attribute its features to a curse (brought on by a

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News-medical.net: UQ researchers create new and improved version of 'love hormone'

News-medical.net: UQ researchers create new and improved version of 'love hormone'

December 13, 2017

A new and improved version of the ‘love hormone’ oxytocin has been developed by University of Queensland researchers.

Dr Markus Muttenthaler

The team from UQ’s Institute for Molecular Bioscience has created a synthetic form of the hormone which is less likely to have side effects.

UQ

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Startribune.com: Readers Write: School sports vs. private clubs, Minnesota's 'well-run' ranking, medical marijuana …

Startribune.com: Readers Write: School sports vs. private clubs, Minnesota's 'well-run' ranking, medical marijuana …

The Dec. 8 commentary advocating the elimination of school sports programs in favor of private club teams displays elitism of the worst kind. Perhaps that model might work in more prosperous communities where there is sufficient “interest, money and time,” as the author suggests. However, in many communities, regardless of

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News-medical.net: 'Virtual child' to help professionals learn key techniques to treat children with autism

News-medical.net: 'Virtual child' to help professionals learn key techniques to treat children with autism

December 12, 2017

Nearly one in 50 children in the United States is diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder, usually before age 3, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. But the number of people trained to help them isn’t keeping pace with the demand.

The disparity is

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Telegraph.co.uk: The A Word, series 2, episode 6: a refreshing account of the complexities of family life – review

Telegraph.co.uk: The A Word, series 2, episode 6: a refreshing account of the complexities of family life – review

The A Word’s second series started optimistically. Joe’s (Max Vento) family had accepted his autism, and the focus was squarely on his happiness. First up, a move to a new school in Manchester. But there the unravelling began, with Alison and Paul’s (Morven Christie and Lee Ingleby) marriage wobbling under

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Thesun.co.uk: What is autism spectrum disorder, what are the early signs, symptoms and causes and can you be tested for it if you're pregnant?

Thesun.co.uk: What is autism spectrum disorder, what are the early signs, symptoms and causes and can you be tested for it if you're pregnant?

AUTISM spectrum disorder is a condition which can affect a person’s communication skills and social interaction.

Here’s everything you need to know about traits of people with ASD and the support which is available in the UK.

Alamy

Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is three to four times more common

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Spectrumnews.org: How family perspectives could improve clinical trials

Spectrumnews.org: How family perspectives could improve clinical trials

Thomas Willgoss

Research scientist, Roche

Whether a potential treatment for autism works in a clinical trial depends on how the trial measures success. There are several ways to gauge a person’s response to a treatment — from interviews with parents to questionnaires filled out by teachers, clinicians and caregivers.

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Bostonglobe.com: Purple Table helps families with special needs eat out

Bostonglobe.com: Purple Table helps families with special needs eat out

By Kara Baskin Globe correspondent  December 12, 2017

Going out to dinner can be challenging around the holidays — cranky kids, feisty family, out-of-town visitors with strange cravings.

It’s even tougher when a loved one is afflicted with an issue like Alzheimer’s, autism, dementia, or hearing loss.

That’s why Jen

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News-medical.net: Nearly 50% of doctors in Sri Lanka unaware of autism symptoms, study finds

News-medical.net: Nearly 50% of doctors in Sri Lanka unaware of autism symptoms, study finds

December 11, 2017

Autism is a neurological and developmental diagnosis seen from early childhood marked by difficulty in communicating, forming relationships and using languages. In Sri Lanka, one in 93 children have been found to have autism. Studies have shown that the condition of an autistic child can improve with

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