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Gene Variation, Autoantibodies and Autism

From the UC Davis MIND Institute earlier this week: "A study...has found that pregnant women with a particular gene variation are more likely to produce autoantibodies to the brains of their developing fetuses and that the children of these mothers are at greater risk of later being diagnosed with autism." Also mentioned: "...

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Fri, 10/21/2011 - 10:17

Study Finds Premature Babies at Higher Risk for Developing Autism, Phobias and ADHD

According to Reuters Health and a study released in the journal Pediatrics this week, premature babies have 5x greater risk of developing autism than their full-term peers. According to this article, the study results surprised the lead researcher from the University of Pennsylvania. Read more HERE. What are your thoughts on this new study? Are you surprised?

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Tue, 10/18/2011 - 17:31

OCD in Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders

In honor of International OCD Awareness Week, this post on CNNHealth.com highlights the lives of two girls with OCD. One of the girls mentioned in the piece also lives with Asperger's Syndrome. Many individuals living with Autism Spectrum Disorders struggle with OCD or symptoms related to OCD, which can heighten feelings of isolation. [To read more, click on "Source" in the lower left corner of the image.]

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Thu, 10/13/2011 - 12:43

Special Needs Surfing Event in the Caribbean

The Surfing Association of Trinidad & Tobago hosted a surfing event for children with special needs at Las Cuevas beach on October 1st. According to this feel-good, inspirational news story, the event is both welcoming and challenging to the participants and their families but also is one which has a big impact on the event volunteers. Read more by clicking on "Source" in the bottom left corner of the image box above.

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Thu, 10/06/2011 - 20:58

Autism-Friendly 'Lion King' on Broadway

A special performance of "The Lion King" debuted on Broadway earlier this week; it was sponsored by the Autism Theater Initiative. The slightly-modified version of the hit Broadway musical surpassed expectations. Future Autism-Friendly Broadway shows are anticipated as a result. Read more about this story by clicking on "Source" in the lower left corner of the image above.

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Wed, 10/05/2011 - 13:38