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Autism In The News - 01.11.2012

Autistic Teen Charged in Alleged Teacher Attack (CBS News) A 13-year-old autistic student is facing felony battery charges in Florida for allegedly hitting a middle school speech therapist in the head with headphones. Read More.

'Love Hormone' Which Makes Mothers Kinder Could Help Treat Autism (Mail Online) A natural chemical known as the 'love hormone' makes people kinder and could help millions suffering from psychiatric disorders such as autism, say scientists. Read More.

Study: Completely Different Gut Bacteria Found ONLY in Autistic Kids (Strollerderby) In yet another study we can file under “things parents already kinda knew,” researchers at Columbia University have found that the bacteria in the gut of autistic children is different than that in non-autistic children. Researchers are unsure if it is a cause, or an effect, of autism. Read More.

Autistic teens, pets a perfect fit (Smithfield Times) Paris, a mixed-breed dog, jumped up and down with excitement when Christopher Koonce came to the Isle of Wight animal shelter to take her for a walk. Koonce, a shelter volunteer, didn’t speak to Paris, and Paris offered only barks, but the two were able to communicate without any problem. Read More.

Kiwanis Donation To QSAC Helps Families In Need (The Queens Gazette) The LIC Astoria/Kiwanis recently donated $1,000 to the Quality Services for the Autism Community (QSAC) at their annual Christmas party. Read More.

Autism Speaks’ daily blog “Autism in the News” is a mix of top news stories of the day. Autism Speaks does not vet the stories and the views contained therein do not necessarily reflect Autism Speaks beliefs or point of view.