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Autism in the News - 04.05.12

Autism linked to gene mutations; suicide linked to cancer (USA Today)
Your Thursday morning health roundup: Autism genes: Researchers have found several gene mutations that, though rare, sharply increase the risk of autism -- providing clues that may lead to a new understanding of causes and possible treatments for the condition now affecting 1 in 88 children in the United States. The new studies also show these mutations are more likely to arise in sperm from older fathers. That tracks with previous research showing a link between older parenthood and autism. Read more.

Autism: What You Need To Know (East Atlanta Patch)
Each year in the United States, 1 in 88 children is diagnosed with autism. In Georgia, that rate is 1 in 84. Read more.

Autism Care and Research Breaks Into Westchester at New York-Presbyterian Hospital (Yorktown Patch)
Westchester will soon be a beacon of blue light for individuals and families in the region affected by autism spectrum disorder (ASD). The Center for Autism and the Developing Brain at New York-Presbyterian Hospital in White Plains will open in 2013 to treat and research ASD and other developmental brain disorders under one local facility. Read more.

A Boy, Some Bullies and Autism (Southbury Patch)
One boy’s story hits home about how a sharp rise in the incidence of autism means more knowledge, funding—and kindness—is needed. Read more.

When autism hits home: A Staten Island family's fear, anger and then gratitude (Staten Island, N.Y.)
This story was submitted by the Hall family: Jody, Jim, James, Tess and Mikey Hall. Read more.

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