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11 Girls and autism: it can be subtle or absent
Lindsey Tanner - Sci-Tech Today, 25 Octiber 2016.
Many girls with autism have social skills that can mask the condition. And some girls are born without autism despite the same genetic mutations seen in boys with the condition. And some girls are born without autism despite the same genetic mutations seen in boys with the condition. The gender effect is a hot topic in autism research and one that could lead to new ways of diagnosing and treating a condition that affects at least 1 in 68 U.S. children.
13 Give children with autism the best start in life
Medical Press, 20 October 2016.
A ground-breaking new study has been launched understand how to support families affected by autism as soon as they receive their diagnosis. The trial funded by autism research charity Autistica, will test whether offering the Incredible Years parent supporting programme to families very soon after their child is diagnosed can result in long-term benefits.
20 Mental health is a family affair
Janine Francolini - The Huffington Post, 6 May 2016.
May is Mental Health Awareness Month and one of the important things to remember is that mental health is a family affair for many reasons. First, it is crucial that people understand that many mental illnesses are genetic disorders. Second, because holistic health in a family is a major factor in contributing to the care of a person living with these types of health challenges.
22 Parental depression: long-term impact on children
Nancy A. Melville - Medscape, 5 February 2016.
Children of depressed parents show significant reductions in academic performance at the age of 16 years, adding to various other known adverse effects of parental depression on offspring, new research shows. “Our results suggest that diagnoses of parental depression may have a far-reaching effect on an important aspect of child development, with implications for future life course outcomes,” the author writes.