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Mitochondrial DNA mutations linked to autism

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Evidence mounts that mitochondrial DNA mutations are associated with autism. Mutations in mtDNA are also associated with neurological and developmental disorders.

Autism risk increases with parents’ age

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A review study out of Coenhagen shows that the risk of having children with autism spectrum disorders increases as the parents get older.

Genetics may play a role in abnormal psych

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The role of genetics is being investigated, as scientists look for a way to treat patients with autism, ADHD, depression, and schizophrenia.

Obituary: Jennie Waltrip; taught kids with autism

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We celebrate the life of a special educator in Frederick Co., Md., whose efforts eased the suffering of a great many kids on the autism spectrum.

Possible abuse of autistic students in Harford Co.

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Charges have been made against Harford Co., Md., public schools that they aren't taking proper care to educate kids with autism.

Boys will be boys, even without autism

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Scientists wonder if behaviors many see as signs of autism are just signs of being a boy. An interesting scientific question.

Do more kids have autism or just a diagnosis?

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Autism diagnoses have increased, but some research suggests it's just a change in the way ASD is diagnosed. Big risk of drowning also noted.

What we can learn from violent video games

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Violent video games might lead to antisocial behavior, but they have an appeal. Can we harness that appeal to develop helpful tools?

Children with autism can learn to be social

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Research finds with social peer network interventions, even around non-ASD students, children with autism can develop communication & other social skills.

Movie review: Best Kept Secret

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We review a documentary that will air on PBS in September about a 20-year veteran special educator who works with autistic adults, even after they age out of the school system.