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Autism in the News - 04.06.12

Doctors want to redefine autism (Chicago,Ill.)
One child doesn't talk, rocks rhythmically back and forth and stares at clothes spinning in the dryer. Another has no trouble talking but is obsessed with trains, methodically naming every station in his state. Read more.

Genetic Research Probes Autism (CNN)
As the number of children with autism has increased over the past couple of decades, so have efforts to find causes behind this neurodevelopmental disorder. Research published Wednesday provides new clues about genetic glitches that may contribute to the development of autism among children. Read more.

Doctor: Why we're making changes to autism diagnosis (CNN)
Editor's note: In 1994, the American Psychiatric Association published the fourth edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, or DSM-IV. The DSM is the standard classification of mental disorders used by mental health professionals in the United States. Read more.

Stella & Dot bracelet sales supports Autism Speaks (Detroit, Mich.)
A nationally-recognized jewelry company is hoping women will choose style for a very important cause this month. Read more.

State to challenge autism ruling (Tallahassee, Fla.)
The state Agency for Health Care Administration likely will appeal a federal judge's ruling that requires the Medicaid program to provide a type of intensive treatment to autistic children. Read more.

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