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TikTok’s top autism influencers

It’s Autism Awareness Month and few places focus on the condition as much as TikTok. The search for “autism” on the social media platform brings up more than 37 billion views. Viral videos include people on all parts of the autism spectrum showcasing how they live with the condition — some dance, some show how…

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Who gets to speak for autism?

Who gets to speak for autism? “Welcome to this warrior gang and we are bad motherfuckers!” exclaimed Jenny McCarthy to an audience of applauding parents. During an early autumn weekend in 2015, nearly 700 parents gathered at the InterContinental Hotel in Dallas to learn and exchange combat strategies. McCarthy, a media personality infamous for her…

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Gene Mutation Increases Autism Risk – Neuroscience News

Summary: Researchers made significant strides in understanding autism spectrum disorder’s genetic underpinnings. By studying mice with a frameshift mutation in the KMT2C gene, they observed behavioral and cognitive impairments resembling ASD symptoms. Through extensive molecular analyses, they discovered an unexpected increase in the expression of genes linked to ASD risk due to KMT2C haploinsufficiency, implicating…

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Positive Results for Intranasal Oxytocin in Adults With Autism

Budapest, Hungary — Twice daily intranasal oxytocin has been associated with improved social functioning, quality of life, and overall symptoms in adults with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), results of a small randomized control trial showed. “One of the challenges for adults with autism is experiencing poor social interactions and difficulties in making friends. Insufficient social…

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