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Susan Boyle opens up about Asperger's struggle

Susan Boyle opens up about Asperger's struggle

Scottish singer Susan Boyle has written a heartfelt essay revealing her "relief" when she was diagnosed with Asperger's syndrome, a high-functioning form of autism, in 2013.
One in 68 kids has autism: US study

One in 68 kids has autism: US study

The latest US data shows the proportion of children with autism and higher IQ is on the rise.
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Love hormone makes autistic kids social

Love hormone makes autistic kids social

Oxytocin, often referred to as the "love hormone" or "cuddle drug", could be used to help children with autism become more social, according to US researchers.
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Tom Hanks blown away by Autistic fan

Tom Hanks blown away by Autistic fan

Sarah Moretti might just be Tom Hanks' biggest fan — but guess who was more overwhelmed when the pair finally met?
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Mother receives hate mail for autistic son

Mother receives hate mail for autistic son

A Canadian mother has spoken of her shock at receiving hate mail from a neighbour about her 13-year-old son Max, who suffers from severe autism.
A genetic

A genetic "signature" of autism identified

A simple blood test will be available in one or two years that will show a "signature" of autism in babies, an Adelaide conference is set to hear.
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Carer calls autistic Kiwi boy

Carer calls autistic Kiwi boy "an animal"

A senior carer routinely abused an autistic boy, beating him, pulling his hair and dosing him up on Panadol to pacify him, a report states.
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Type of IVF method linked to autism

Type of IVF method linked to autism

Scientists have discovered a link between certain forms of IVF treatment and autism in multiple births.
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Abused puppy and autistic boy recover together

Abused puppy and autistic boy recover together

Xena the warrior puppy made Facebook fame with her miraculous recovery from neglect and abuse – but the family who adopted her have been even more amazed at...
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Placenta study looks at autism link

Placenta study looks at autism link

Stress can be transferred from a mother's placenta to her unborn child, researchers say.
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More toxic metals in blood of austistic kids

More toxic metals in blood of austistic kids

Children with autism have been found to have higher levels of toxic metals in their blood and urine than typical children, according to a US study.
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Study links traffic pollution to autism

Study links traffic pollution to autism

Living near a busy road is associated with a dramatic increase in the risk of childhood autism, a study in the US has shown.
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Nearly half of autistic kids wander away

Nearly half of autistic kids wander away

A study in the US has found that 49 per cent of autistic children attempt to run away at least once after the age of four.
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Hope for new autism drug

Hope for new autism drug

A new drug that helps treat social withdrawal symptoms in children with Fragile X syndrome could offer hope to those with autism spectrum disorder.
Web-based tool detects autism in minutes

Web-based tool detects autism in minutes

Parents can now skip year-long waiting lists and harrowing trips to the clinician to find out if their child has autism.
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Older fathers 'link' to autism

Older fathers 'link' to autism

Older fathers are more likely to trigger genetic mutations linked to autism, new research has found.
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Autism cases on the rise: study

Autism cases on the rise: study

US health authorities say the number of children diagnosed with autism has risen 23 per cent since 2009.
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