Autism in the News – 11.28.11
Using Skin-Cell Research to Probe Cellular Basis of Autism (Psych Central)
Emerging research has advanced knowledge of autism by studying brainlike spheres grown in an elaborate process from skin cells. Read more.
Autism Memoir Author Monica Holloway to Perform in “Spark Off Rose” Performance 12/5 (Los Angeles, Calif.)
Acclaimed author Monica Holloway will deliver a spoken word performance on “justice” at the Spark Off Rose, a monthly spoken word series, at Theater Palisades, 941 Temescal Canyon Rd, Pacific Palisades in Los Angeles, CA on Monday, December 5 at 7:30 p.m. Read more.
Families push for autism funds (The StarPheonix)
Levi Tetlock is a nine-year-old boy who likes playing with toy planes, watching films and eating popcorn. He’s skinny for his age and his thick-lashed brown eyes are usually focused on the wall, small clues to the fact he has autism. Read more.
Two Opposing Brain Malfunctions Cause Two Autism-related Disorders (Medical News Today)
Although several disorders with autism-like symptoms, such as the rare Fragile X syndrome can be traced to a single specific mutation, the majority of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) incidents, however, are caused by several genetic mutations. MIT neuroscientist, Mark Bear, discovered a few years ago that this mutation results in an overproduction of proteins found in brain synapses. Read more.
Teens with autism often socially isolated (St. Louis, Mo.)
Teens with autism face major obstacles to social life outside of school, according to a new study that emphasizes the danger of limited peer relationships and the importance of group activities. Read more.