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

Psychcentral.com: Psychosis Plus Autism Traits Hikes Risk for Suicidal Thoughts

Psychcentral.com: Psychosis Plus Autism Traits Hikes Risk for Suicidal Thoughts

People with traits of autism who experience psychotic episodes are at greater risk of suffering from depression and suicidal ideation, compared to psychosis patients without autism traits, according to a new Australian study published in the journal Schizophrenia Research.

The findings show that, among people with psychosis, depressive symptoms and thoughts

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Dailymail.co.uk: Leaflets promoting white supremacy stuffed into letterboxes across Canberra

Dailymail.co.uk: Leaflets promoting white supremacy stuffed into letterboxes across Canberra

Leaflets promoting white supremacy stuffed into letterboxes across CanberraResidents horrified when they read the material branding diversity as ‘genocide’The mother of the man who created the leaflets said her son has autism 

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Scientificamerican.com: Trump to CDC: These Seven Words Are Now Forbidden

Scientificamerican.com: Trump to CDC: These Seven Words Are Now Forbidden

Do you want your medical treatment to be based on science? The Trump administration disagrees. It has now banned the top US public health agency, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), from using seven words or phrases: “vulnerable,” “entitlement,” “diversity,” “transgender,” “fetus,” “evidence-based” and “science-based.”

Prominent public health

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Washingtonpost.com: The link between autism and older parents is clear, but the why is not

Washingtonpost.com: The link between autism and older parents is clear, but the why is not

By Sarah DeWeerdt,

Older men and women are more likely than young ones to have a child with autism, according to multiple studies published in the past decade.

Especially regarding fathers, this effect is one of the most consistent findings in the epidemiology of autism. The link between a mother’s

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Psychologytoday.com: Autism Parent Memoirs: Illuminating or Exploitive?

Psychologytoday.com: Autism Parent Memoirs: Illuminating or Exploitive?

Ten years ago, memoirs from parents who raised autistic children were hailed as illuminating and inspirational. Today such books are called problematic and even exploitive. What changed? 

The answer is, a generation of autistic teens grew up and began speaking out en masse. Their literary criticism is based on growing up under a

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Dailymail.co.uk: The family making their fortune SELLING on Amazon: How a 15-year-old autistic boy's love of …

Dailymail.co.uk: The family making their fortune SELLING on Amazon: How a 15-year-old autistic boy's love of …

Dale and Michaela Burkitt are leading sellers of kitchenware on Amazon USThe couple, who live in Melbourne, decided to introduce their kids to the siteMatthew, 10, sells flying rings and triangles and is the ‘real businessman’Amazon has yet to spur big sales in Australia but Mr Burkitt says that will change

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Independent.co.uk: Mother reveals how bullies left her autistic son with facial trauma

Independent.co.uk: Mother reveals how bullies left her autistic son with facial trauma

A Colorado-based mother has spoken out about the horrific bullying her 11-year-old son suffers at school on a regular basis.

Ashley Bibbo’s son has high-functioning autism and has been repeatedly assaulted by bullies at school who have left him with lacerations and bruises on his face.

After writing about her son’s

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Spectrumnews.org: Tool taps personal interests to understand self-control

Spectrumnews.org: Tool taps personal interests to understand self-control

Resisting temptation: Brain networks involved in self-control become active when a person has to refrain from an action, such as pressing a button.

A new version of a well-known test assesses how personal interests influence self-control in typical adults1. The tool may eventually help scientists better understand the impulsivity and

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Spectrumnews.org: Genetic influence over social skills shifts as children grow

Spectrumnews.org: Genetic influence over social skills shifts as children grow

Puberty plummet: The genetic influence on social communication, as measured by scores on an autism checklist, dips at age 14 but rises again at 17.

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The combinations of genetic variants that influence social communication vary throughout childhood and adolescence, a new study suggests1.

Researchers used an

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