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Article ID: 706947

UCI-led study finds Harry Potter fan fiction challenges cultural stereotypes of autism

University of California, Irvine

Irvine, Calif., Jan. 23, 2019 — Online publishing platforms and digital media can provide opportunities for nonmainstream groups to push back against and offer alternatives to the simplistic stereotypes presented in literature and popular culture. A study led by the University of California, Irvine focused on Harry Potter fan fiction and discovered that autistic people, family members, teachers and advocates cast autistic characters in their stories in diverse ways that challenge typical representations.

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23-Jan-2019 1:05 PM EST

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    21-Jan-2019 4:00 AM EST

Article ID: 706511

Researchers Conduct First Population-based Study of Suicide Risk in People with Autism

University of Utah Health

Researchers at the University of Utah Health conducted the first population-based study of suicidality in individuals with ASD in the United States. The 20-year retrospective study found that for individuals with autism, particularly females, the risk of suicide has increased through time compared to their non-autistic peers.

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18-Jan-2019 4:00 AM EST
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    17-Jan-2019 2:00 PM EST

Article ID: 706342

Brain’s Cerebellum Found to Influence Addictive and Social Behavior

Albert Einstein College of Medicine

In a study published online today in the journal Science, researchers at Albert Einstein College of Medicine, part of Montefiore, prove for the first time that the brain’s cerebellum—long thought to be mainly involved in coordinating movement—helps control the brain’s reward circuitry. The surprising finding indicates that the cerebellum plays a major role in reward processing and social behaviors and could potentially lead to new strategies for treating addiction.

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13-Jan-2019 8:00 PM EST
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Article ID: 705880

Can a Video Game-Based “Digital Medicine” Help Children with Autism and Co-occurring ADHD?

Children's Hospital of Philadelphia

Researchers at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) evaluated a digital medicine tool designed as an investigational treatment for children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and co-occurring attention/deficit-hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).

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3-Jan-2019 12:05 AM EST
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Article ID: 705805

App Improves Communication in Non-Verbal Children with Autism

Saint Joseph's University

A community-based, pilot study shows a high-tech app is as effective as low-tech picture card intervention at improving social and communication skills in children with autism.

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21-Dec-2018 1:05 PM EST

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Newswise: Researchers uncover molecular mechanisms linked to autism, schizophrenia and bipolar disorder
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    13-Dec-2018 2:00 PM EST

Article ID: 705380

Researchers uncover molecular mechanisms linked to autism, schizophrenia and bipolar disorder

University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), Health Sciences

Two studies have linked DNA changes to their molecular effects in the brain, revealing new mechanisms for psychiatric diseases. The findings provide a roadmap for developing a new generation of therapies for conditions like autism, schizophrenia and bipolar disorder.

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12-Dec-2018 6:00 PM EST
Newswise: SJU Unveils Autism Break Room to Support Sports Fans with Autism

Article ID: 704991

SJU Unveils Autism Break Room to Support Sports Fans with Autism

Saint Joseph's University

Saint Joseph’s University is one of the first higher education institutions to offer an Autism Break Room in an NCAA Division I athletic arena

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12-Dec-2018 12:45 PM EST

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Article ID: 705274

Autism, ADHD and their risks for siblings

UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center

Dr. Meghan Miller of the UC Davis MIND Institute talks about her paper, published in JAMA Pediatrics, about the risk of younger siblings of children with autism or ADHD for either or both disorders.

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11-Dec-2018 2:05 PM EST
Newswise: Siblings of children with autism or ADHD are at elevated risk for both disorders
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    10-Dec-2018 11:00 AM EST

Article ID: 704809

Siblings of children with autism or ADHD are at elevated risk for both disorders

UC Davis MIND Institute

Later-born siblings of children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) or attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) are at elevated risk for both disorders, a new study led by Meghan Miller, assistant professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and at the UC Davis MIND Institute, has concluded. The findings appear today in JAMA Pediatrics.

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6-Dec-2018 3:00 PM EST

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