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

Sciencedaily.com: Scientists link genes to brain anatomy in autism

Sciencedaily.com: Scientists link genes to brain anatomy in autism

A team of scientists at the University of Cambridge has discovered that specific genes are linked to individual differences in brain anatomy in autistic children.

Previous studies have reported differences in brain structure of autistic individuals. However, until now, scientists have not known which genes are linked to these differences.

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Sciencedaily.com: 'Social brain' networks are altered at a young age in autism

Sciencedaily.com: 'Social brain' networks are altered at a young age in autism

As infants develop, they preferentially move towards and respond to social cues — such as voices, faces and human gestures. At the same time, their brain develops a network of regions that specialise in translating these cues, known as the ‘social brain’. However, a common observation in infants later diagnosed

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News-medical.net: Study suggests “social brain” development is hindered at young age in children with autism

News-medical.net: Study suggests “social brain” development is hindered at young age in children with autism

By Sally Robertson, BScFebruary 27, 2018

Researchers have uncovered evidence that the reduced sensitivity towards social cues seen in infants with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) hinders the development of certain brain regions during the early stages of development.

Credit: Nazarova Mariia/ Shutterstock.com

The study suggests that this indifference to social

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Washingtonpost.com: A new study eases fears of a link between autism and prenatal ultrasounds

Washingtonpost.com: A new study eases fears of a link between autism and prenatal ultrasounds

Ultrasounds during pregnancy can be lots of fun, offering peeks at the baby-to-be. But ultrasounds aren’t just a way to get Facebook fodder. They are medical procedures that involve sound waves, technology that could, in theory, affect a growing fetus.

With that concern in mind, some researchers have wondered if

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Spectrumnews.org: Checklist of abilities opens window onto lives of people with autism

Spectrumnews.org: Checklist of abilities opens window onto lives of people with autism

Loud lunch: Identifying the daily difficulties of a child with autism, such as trouble eating in a noisy cafeteria, may prompt ideas for solutions.

Tom Merton / Getty Images

A new catalog aims to help clinicians evaluate the daily challenges people with autism face, and the environment in which they live1.

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Chicagotribune.com: Families affected by fetal alcohol syndrome hope study increases awareness, treatment for …

Chicagotribune.com: Families affected by fetal alcohol syndrome hope study increases awareness, treatment for …

Six-year-old Macy runs throughout her Naperville home, toting her plush Hatchimal toy. In her basement play room, she dangles from the monkey bar rings her dad affixed to the ceiling and then turns to her art supplies. Minutes later, she’s dressing in costumes — first a parrot, then a

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Theguardian.com: Disgraced anti-vaxxer Andrew Wakefield aims to advance his agenda in Texas election

Theguardian.com: Disgraced anti-vaxxer Andrew Wakefield aims to advance his agenda in Texas election

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Wakefield sees Houston primary as a new start after his anti-vaccine theories were debunked and medical license revoked

Andrew Wakefield prompted large drops in vaccination rates in the UK and Ireland when he published a now-retracted paper in 1998. Photograph: Anthony Devlin/PA

Anti-vaccine

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Thehindu.com: Flight to a free space

Thehindu.com: Flight to a free space

There was excitement in the air as kites raced the skies with one another at the Barrier-Free International Kite Festival, organised by Kerala Tourism, Responsible Tourism Mission and the NGO Helping Hands Organisation (H2O) at Kovalam on Sunday.

The event marked the entry of the Responsible Tourism Mission in its

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