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

News-medical.net: 3D mini brains put researchers on a fast track to repair the nervous system

News-medical.net: 3D mini brains put researchers on a fast track to repair the nervous system

December 8, 2017

The Houston Methodist Research Institute is making mini brains from human stem cells that put researchers on a fast track to repair the nervous system after injury or disease of the brain and spinal cord.

Houston Methodist neuroscientist Robert Krencik, Ph.D., and his team have developed a

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Psychcentral.com: Cultural Differences May Slow Diagnosis of Autism

Psychcentral.com: Cultural Differences May Slow Diagnosis of Autism

A new study helps to explain why white children are more likely to receive an autism diagnosis than blacks. Researchers discovered the time-line in which parents’ report of concerns about their child’s development to healthcare providers varies by race.

Georgia State University investigators believe the cultural variances may contribute to delayed

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Huffingtonpost.co.uk: Paddy McGuinness' Wife Christine Reveals How Her Kids' Autism Affects Their Christmas Celebrations

Huffingtonpost.co.uk: Paddy McGuinness' Wife Christine Reveals How Her Kids' Autism Affects Their Christmas Celebrations

Paddy McGuinness’ wife Christine has revealed she won’t be having a Christmas tree this year, as it upsets her twins, who have autism.

Christine, who is mum to four-year-old twins Leo and Penelope and nine-month-old Felicity, shared a video of the family’s five stockings with a caption about their festive

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News-medical.net: Study identifies mechanism that could explain early link between sound input and cognitive function

News-medical.net: Study identifies mechanism that could explain early link between sound input and cognitive function

December 7, 2017

Some expectant parents play classical music for their unborn babies, hoping to boost their children’s cognitive capacity. While some research supports a link between prenatal sound exposure and improved brain function, scientists had not identified any structures responsible for this link in the developing brain.

A new

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Msn.com: Why Autism Diagnosis Varies By Race

Msn.com: Why Autism Diagnosis Varies By Race

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Researchers may have gotten to the bottom of why black children are diagnosed with autism differently from kids of other races.

A study in the journal Autism says black parents less likely to report autism symptoms than white parents,

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Yahoo.com: 'Everyone was invited except son': Boy with autism finds entire grade at birthday party without him

Yahoo.com: 'Everyone was invited except son': Boy with autism finds entire grade at birthday party without him

A Sydney dad has opened up about the heartbreak of visiting a local beach with his seven-year-old son to find the boy’s classmates were there for a birthday party that he was the only child not invited to.

The father-of-four, originally from New Zealand, shared the account on a Kiwi

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Spectrumnews.org: Some adults with autism traits reject conventional sexual labels

Spectrumnews.org: Some adults with autism traits reject conventional sexual labels

Looking for love: Adults who have autism features are more likely than other adults to report being non-heterosexual.

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Adults who have characteristics of autism are about three times as likely as their peers to not identify themselves as heterosexual, homosexual or bisexual, according to a new study1.

The

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Washingtonpost.com: 'I have this thing called autism': A boy's eloquent message to his fourth-grade classmates

Washingtonpost.com: 'I have this thing called autism': A boy's eloquent message to his fourth-grade classmates

Lisa Jolley shared a video of her 9-year-old son George, where he describes his life with autism. In the video, George describes his favorite things, including Harry Potter and tacos. (Lisa Jolley/YouTube) George Yionoulis was just beginning fourth grade at a public school in Raleigh, N.C., when his parents

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News-medical.net: Racial differences in parents' reports of child's autism symptoms may contribute to delayed diagnosis

News-medical.net: Racial differences in parents' reports of child's autism symptoms may contribute to delayed diagnosis

December 7, 2017

Racial differences in parents’ reports of concerns about their child’s development to healthcare providers may contribute to delayed diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) in black children, according to a study led by Georgia State University.

The study found that compared to white parents, black parents reported

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Dailymail.co.uk: 'Everyone was invited except my son': Father of autistic boy, 7, heartbroken after taking his kid to …

Dailymail.co.uk: 'Everyone was invited except my son': Father of autistic boy, 7, heartbroken after taking his kid to …

A New Zealand father says his autistic son wasn’t invited to a birthday partyHe said the seven-year-old was the only kid in his grade not to get an invitationHis parents took him to a beach in Cronulla for lunch when they saw the partyThe frustrated father vented his anger in

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News-medical.net: CLOCK gene plays key role in regulating many genes important to brain evolution

News-medical.net: CLOCK gene plays key role in regulating many genes important to brain evolution

December 6, 2017

Scientists have long sought to unravel the molecular mysteries that make the human brain special: What processes drove its evolution through the millennia? Which genes are critical to cognitive development?

A new study provides insight on the matter by demonstrating that a gene controlling our biological clocks

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