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

News-medical.net: Maternal folic acid intake round conception may reduce children's pesticide-related autism risk

News-medical.net: Maternal folic acid intake round conception may reduce children's pesticide-related autism risk

September 8, 2017

Researchers at UC Davis and other institutions have shown that mothers who take recommended amounts of folic acid around conception might reduce their children’s pesticide-related autism risk.

In the study, children whose mothers took 800 or more micrograms of folic acid (the amount in most prenatal vitamins)

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Thesun.co.uk: Worried about the impact on my autistic daughter if her useless dad suddenly contacts her after 18 …

Thesun.co.uk: Worried about the impact on my autistic daughter if her useless dad suddenly contacts her after 18 …

fearing long-lost dad

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Dear Deidre

I’M worried that the father of my 18-year-old daughter may be about to re-enter her life.

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The father of my autistic 18-year-old daughter wants to get in touch with her again

She

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Spectrumnews.org: Epilepsy drugs pose risks to developing brains, study suggests

Spectrumnews.org: Epilepsy drugs pose risks to developing brains, study suggests

Drug dilemma: The benefits of taking epilepsy drugs while pregnant may outweigh the risks.

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Some drugs used to treat epilepsy harm children who are exposed to them in the womb or through breast milk, a new analysis of the literature suggests1. The drug valproate is particularly risky, boosting

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News-medical.net: Salk professor awarded $950,000 NSF grant to explore how the brain processes complex sounds

News-medical.net: Salk professor awarded $950,000 NSF grant to explore how the brain processes complex sounds

September 7, 2017

Salk Associate Professor Tatyana Sharpee has been awarded a grant of approximately $950,000 over 4 years by the National Science Foundation to study how the brain processes complex sounds. This grant is part of a multi-national project together with groups in France and Israel.

“Tatyana’s computational approach

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News-medical.net: Structural abnormalities in the brain's white matter seen in children with ASD traits

News-medical.net: Structural abnormalities in the brain's white matter seen in children with ASD traits

September 6, 2017

Structural abnormalities in the brain’s white matter match up consistently with the severity of autistic symptoms not only in children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), but also, to some degree, in those with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) who also have autistic traits.

This is the finding of a

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News-medical.net: Split-brain study using fruit fly provides better understanding of autism

News-medical.net: Split-brain study using fruit fly provides better understanding of autism

September 6, 2017

A better understanding of the cause of autism may come from an unlikely source, neurological studies of the fruit fly. Neuroscientists working in the biology department at the University of Nevada, Reno have identified a new genetic mechanism they believe is responsible for disruption of the brain

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News-medical.net: Another way for anti-vaxxers to skip shots for schoolkids: A doctor's note

News-medical.net: Another way for anti-vaxxers to skip shots for schoolkids: A doctor's note

September 5, 2017

Dr. Tara Zandvliet was inundated with calls and emails from parents last year, after California passed a law nixing personal beliefs as an exemption from school vaccinations. Suddenly, many parents sought exemptions for medical reasons.

Someone even faked two medical exemption forms purportedly written by the San

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Autismspeaks.org: Moving Stories of Families with Autism Rescued from Hurricane Harvey

Autismspeaks.org: Moving Stories of Families with Autism Rescued from Hurricane Harvey

Media reports continue to come in of individuals with autism and their families being rescued from the ravages of Hurricane Harvey. As professional and volunteer rescue workers from around the country rally to Houston’s aid, heartwarming stories such as these have been going viral.

While natural disasters bring fear, anxiety

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Spectrumnews.org: Adolescents with autism need access to better sex education

Spectrumnews.org: Adolescents with autism need access to better sex education

Steven Stagg

Lecturer, Anglia Ruskin University

Intimacy is part of being human. There are well-documented benefits to positive relationships, from emotional security to good mental health1. Those who want relationships and can’t develop them face low self-esteem, depression, loneliness and isolation from the wider society2.

For adolescents, learning how

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Express.co.uk: Gary Numan: I don't see my Asperger's as a disability – it's an advantage

Express.co.uk: Gary Numan: I don't see my Asperger's as a disability – it's an advantage

REX

Gary has been in music for nearly four decades

“I developed a whole persona that was stand-offish, didn’t engage or smile,” says the British singer/ songwriter, 59. “It’s an extension of what I am and a big chunk of my songs are about being alone or misunderstood.” 

Asperger syndrome is

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Dailymail.co.uk: Pervert who was a VIP member of child pornography site run by notorious dark web paedophile has his sentence slashed – because he has autism

Dailymail.co.uk: Pervert who was a VIP member of child pornography site run by notorious dark web paedophile has his sentence slashed – because he has autism

David Cecchin, VIP member of a child porn website, had his jail sentence slashedCourt of Criminal Appeal found his seven year sentence ‘manifestly excessive’He was re-sentenced to four years behind bars and is eligible for parole in MarchPanel of judges found his autism diagnosis qualified him for a longer parole 

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Dailymail.co.uk: How the brain recognizes familiar faces: Macaque study suggests we are NOT born with the ability …

Dailymail.co.uk: How the brain recognizes familiar faces: Macaque study suggests we are NOT born with the ability …

Researchers thought recognizing faces is innate in humans and other primatesBut a new brain imaging study reveals that it’s shaped through exposure to facesBy 200 days, macaques form neurons clusters responsible for facial recognition Macaques  who didn’t see a face in their first 200 days lacked these clusters

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Thestar.com: What's so bad about the mom on Atypical? A lot, the show suggests

Thestar.com: What's so bad about the mom on Atypical? A lot, the show suggests

The Show:Atypical, Season 1, Episode 3

The Moment: The bad mom

Sam (Keir Gilchrist), 18 and on the autism spectrum, wants to buy his own clothes at the mall. That makes overprotective mom Elsa (Jennifer Jason Leigh) anxious.

Elsa buttonholes a clerk, Delores. “I spoke to you earlier,” Elsa says. “My son requires

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