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

Spectrumnews.org: Sleep problems in autism, explained

Spectrumnews.org: Sleep problems in autism, explained

A good night’s rest isn’t guaranteed for anyone, but it is downright elusive for many people with autism. Individuals on the spectrum often have trouble falling and staying asleep.

And that may worsen certain features of their condition, such as repetitive behaviors, which can, in turn, make sleeping even more difficult.

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Spectrumnews.org: Sleepless on the spectrum

Spectrumnews.org: Sleepless on the spectrum

Many people are aware of autism’s core features — the unusual social interactions, the repetitive behaviors and restricted interests. Less appreciated are the problems people on the spectrum have getting a good night’s sleep. Many of them have trouble falling asleep, or wake up too early or for extended periods

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Spectrumnews.org: Why it's difficult to study sleep in autism

Spectrumnews.org: Why it's difficult to study sleep in autism

Sleep problems are unusually common in people on the spectrum, and yet the topic is poorly understood. In this Cross Talk, five scientists discuss the biggest hurdles they face in understanding the relationship between autism and sleep.

For some, the issues are largely technical: The gold-standard sleep test is time-consuming

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Dailymail.co.uk: Autistic boy who was inundated with birthday invites after his father's heartbreaking Facebook post …

Dailymail.co.uk: Autistic boy who was inundated with birthday invites after his father's heartbreaking Facebook post …

Shane Stephenson hit out at friends for not inviting his son to their kids’ partiesIn a furious Facebook rant he said Reilly, six, ‘has autism not f***** leprosy’ But just a week later the Newcastle youngster has been flooded with invites 

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Telegraph.co.uk: Winter surf in the UK: exhilaration for mind and body, or sheer madness?

Telegraph.co.uk: Winter surf in the UK: exhilaration for mind and body, or sheer madness?

Heavy footed, with pellets of rain assaulting my face and overhead clouds dashing my hopes of Insta-perfect blue vistas, I look ahead to a set of ominous breaking waves. What the hell am I doing, I ask myself?

I’ve always thought that there was a latent surfer in me; a beach bum in waiting.

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Nytimes.com: Jon Stewart and Robert Smigel Craft a Comedy Benefit at a Polarized Moment

Nytimes.com: Jon Stewart and Robert Smigel Craft a Comedy Benefit at a Polarized Moment

Jon Stewart and Robert Smigel Craft a Comedy Benefit at a Polarized MomentBy DAVE ITZKOFFNovember 13, 2017Longtime friends Jon Stewart, left, and Robert Smigel bring their annual charity benefit, “Night of Too Many Stars,” to HBO this year.By DAVE ITZKOFFNovember 13, 2017

Across their comedy careers, Jon Stewart and Robert Smigel have taken wildly different

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Smh.com.au: Ivanhoe Girls' Grammar reaches confidential settlement with 10-year-old autistic girl over …

Smh.com.au: Ivanhoe Girls' Grammar reaches confidential settlement with 10-year-old autistic girl over …

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Ivanhoe Girls’ Grammar has reached a confidential settlement with a 10-year-old autistic girl after allegedly refusing to enrol her because she didn’t “suit” the school.

The girl’s mother took legal action in the Federal Court, accusing the independent school of discriminating against her daughter because of her disability.

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News-medical.net: Advances in genetic and stem cell techniques help identify therapeutic targets for neurological disorders

News-medical.net: Advances in genetic and stem cell techniques help identify therapeutic targets for neurological disorders

November 13, 2017

Research released today highlights advances in the use of CRISPR-Cas9 and human induced pluripotent stem cell technologies to identify novel therapeutic targets for neurological disorders such as schizophrenia and addiction. The studies were presented at Neuroscience 2017, the annual meeting of the Society for Neuroscience and the

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Spectrumnews.org: Maternal immune response may render brain vulnerable to injury

Spectrumnews.org: Maternal immune response may render brain vulnerable to injury

Small risk: Infections during pregnancy boost autism risk in the child.

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Mouse brains exposed to inflammation in the womb become more susceptible to a second challenge, researchers reported today at the 2017 Society for Neuroscience annual meeting in Washington D.C.

When briefly deprived of oxygen, mice exposed to

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Spectrumnews.org: SHANK3 zebrafish may be too cool for schools

Spectrumnews.org: SHANK3 zebrafish may be too cool for schools

Fish friends: Zebrafish form large groups, called shoals, that protect them from predators.

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Zebrafish lacking the autism-linked gene SHANK3 show little interest in interacting with other fish and other unusual social tendencies. Researchers presented the unpublished findings today at the 2017 Society for Neuroscience annual meeting in

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