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

Smh.com.au: I will not back down – Pauline Hanson remains defiant on autism segregation

Smh.com.au: I will not back down – Pauline Hanson remains defiant on autism segregation

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Education Minister Simon Birmingham has repeatedly refused to condemn Pauline Hanson’s comments students with disabilities should be segregated from mainstream classrooms, while the One Nation leader remained defiant against calls for an apology.

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News-medical.net: Researchers identify key protein that helps trigger ketamine's rapid antidepressant effects

June 22, 2017

UT Southwestern Medical Center scientists have identified a key protein that helps trigger ketamine’s rapid antidepressant effects in the brain, a crucial step to developing alternative treatments to the controversial drug being dispensed in a growing number of clinics across the country.

Ketamine is drawing intense interest

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Bbc.com: Australian politician criticised for remarks about autism

Bbc.com: Australian politician criticised for remarks about autism

Controversial Australian politician Pauline Hanson is facing calls to apologise for suggesting students with autism be removed from classrooms.

Her comments were widely criticised by government MPs, the opposition and disability rights advocates.

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull is close to passing A$23.5b (£14b; $18b) in extra funding to Australian schools.

But to pass

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Disabilityscoop.com: Predicting Success Of Autism Treatments May Be Possible, Study Finds

Disabilityscoop.com: Predicting Success Of Autism Treatments May Be Possible, Study Finds

Participating in autism interventions can be costly and time consuming, but new research suggests there could be a way to predict whether or not specific treatments will be effective.

In a small pilot study, researchers found that activity in two areas of the brain signaled how receptive adults on the

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Dailymail.co.uk: 'Sickened that she could seriously suggest this': Lisa Oldfield slams Pauline Hanson for claiming that children with autism should be taken out of mainstream schools

Dailymail.co.uk: 'Sickened that she could seriously suggest this': Lisa Oldfield slams Pauline Hanson for claiming that children with autism should be taken out of mainstream schools

Queensland Senator Pauline Hanson has stirred controversy by claiming that children with autism and other disabilities should be removed from mainstream school.

Now, outspoken Real Housewives

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Medicalnewstoday.com: Metformin shows promise as a potential treatment for fragile X syndrome

Research has shown that metformin, a drug used in the treatment of type 2 diabetes, could be used to treat fragile X syndrome and other similar disorders. An inherited form of intellectual disability called fragile X may be treatable with metformin, the most widely used type 2 diabetes drug. This

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Medicalnewstoday.com: Children with autism find understanding facial expressions difficult

A team from Bristol’s School of Experimental Psychology aimed to find out whether six basic facial expressions differing in intensity are challenging for young people with autism to recognise.

Researchers gave 63 children and adolescents with an ASC diagnosis and 64 without a diagnosis, an internet-based test of emotion recognition.

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Medicalnewstoday.com: If your grandmother smoked, you may be more likely to develop autism

A recent study, published in Scientific Reports, concludes that if a girl’s maternal grandmother smoked tobacco during her pregnancy, she is significantly more likely to develop autistic traits.Could smoking increase the risk of your grandchildren displaying autism-associated traits?

Autism, characterized by repetitive behaviors and difficulty interacting socially, appears to be

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Medicalnewstoday.com: Swimming lessons may be life-saver for children with autism

A recent study investigating injury mortality in people with autism spectrum disorders delivers some surprising and disturbing results. According to the authors, swimming lessons for children with an autism diagnosis should be a priority.A recent epidemiological study investigates the link between autism and mortality.

Autism spectrum disorders (ASD) are characterized

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Medicalnewstoday.com: New biochemical method accurately diagnoses autism in children

Autism spectrum disorder affects a huge number of children both globally and in the United States. Experts have long acknowledged the importance of detecting autism early, but current diagnosis tools are purely behavioral and not entirely accurate. New research, however, proposes a biological method for accurately predicting whether a child

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Medicalnewstoday.com: The genes and neural circuits behind autism's impaired sociability

Researchers at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC) have gained new insight into the genetic and neuronal circuit mechanisms that may contribute to impaired sociability in some forms of Autism Spectrum Disorder. Led by Matthew P. Anderson, MD, PhD, Director of Neuropathology at BIDMC, the scientists determined how a gene

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Medicalnewstoday.com: Researchers find promising lead that reduces autism symptoms and more

Fragile X syndrome is the most common cause of autism. Even though the single gene that’s responsible for it was discovered in 1991, and the disease is detected by a simple blood test, there’s no treatment or cure.

A team of researchers led by Michigan State University, however, has provided

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Medicalnewstoday.com: World's largest autism genome database shines new light on many 'autisms'

The newest study from the Autism Speaks MSSNG project – the world’s largest autism genome sequencing program – identified an additional 18 gene variations that appear to increase the risk of autism.

The new report appears in the journal Nature Neuroscience. It involved the analysis of 5,205 whole genomes from

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Medicalnewstoday.com: Cerebrospinal fluid: Potential biomarker for autism found

Research published this week in Biological Psychiatry examines levels of cerebrospinal fluid in children and its potential link to autism. If confirmed by further studies, it would become the first biomarker for the condition.Cerebrospinal fluid may be an early marker for autism, according to the latest research.

Autism is a

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Medicalnewstoday.com: Study finds new mechanism to control information flow in the brain

Specialized nerve cells, known as somatostatin-expressing (Sst) interneurons, in the outer part of the mammalian brain (or cerebral cortex) – play a key role in controlling how information flows in the brain when it is awake and alert. This is the finding of a study published online in Science by

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