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Autism in the News- Thursday, 05.20.10

Guggenheim and Grammy and grants… Oh, my! (Montreal, Quebec)
If someone told you that McGill researchers received grants from the Grammy and Guggenheim Foundations, you might be forgiven for thinking: “Schulich” and “Arts.” But you would be wrong. The organizations are funding cutting-edge research in the Faculty of Dentistry and at the Montreal Neurological Institute (MNI). Read more.

Theresa May halts Gary McKinnon’s legal battle against extradition to America (England)
Gary McKinnon has received a double boost in his five year battle against being extradited to America to face computer hacking charges. Read more.

Parents of Autistic Children No More Likely To Divorce Than Other Parents (EMaxHealth)
There is a pervasive myth that parents of autistic children have a high divorce rate – as much as 80%, which is twice that of the US divorce rate for first marriages. A new study from the Center for Autism and Related Disorders at the Kennedy Krieger Institute in Baltimore has found that this in fact is untrue, and that parents of autistic children have about the same divorce rate as other parents. Read more.

Chinese organization offers hope to families struggling with autism (Autism Support Network)
China. Autism. These are two terms seldom heard together. While China’s influence on the world is wide spread, and is fast increasing its sizable power not only in manufacturing but technology and adoption of Western practices, the world’s most populated nation has been relatively quiet when it comes to autism. Read more.

Super Singer Martin Fronts TV Band (Wigan Today)
A TALENTED teenager with learning disabilities has showcased his incredible voice to millions of TV viewers. Martin Finn, who attends Landgate School, in Ashton, is appearing on the BBC Three show Autistic Superstars. Read more.

Studies Link Infertility Treatments to Autism (TIME)
Every parent of a child with autism wonders what might have caused the disorder. Does it secretly run in the family? Was there a toxic exposure during pregnancy? An infection in early infancy? Was the mother or father too old? Read more.

Jailed for stabbing neighbour to death (UK)
A MAN who stabbed his defenceless neighbour 24 times after an argument has been jailed for life.John Lesbirel, aged 42, grabbed a knife from the kitchen of his victim’s home and launched a “frenzied” attack on Kevin Fielding, who had Asperger’s syndrome, a form of autism. Read more.

Study: Gluten-free diets do not improve autism behavior (CNN)
Keeping the proteins found in wheat, barley, rye and dairy out of the diets of children with autism does not lead to behavior improvements, new research has found. Read more.


  1. September 1, 2010 at 10:26 am

    What nobody realizes is that many abusive or “in-denial” spouses will not allow a child to be diagnosed in the first place. Therefore we need to study custody battles in family courts and link it to Autism, rather than study Autism and un-link it to divorce.

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