Researchers studying two seemingly unrelated conditions - autism and cancer - have unexpectedly converged on a surprising discovery. Some people with autism have mutated cancer or tumour genes that apparently caused their brain disorder.Wednesday, 14 August, 2013, 3:53am
Nearly 10 per cent of individuals previously diagnosed with autism will no longer be assessed as having the disorder after the adoption of a newly edited manual used for the diagnosis.
Their disabilities will be put in a different category as a result of the revision, the first in 13 years.14 Jun 2013 - 4:14am
German software giant SAP said it intended to employ hundreds of people globally with autism as software testers and programmers over the next seven years.
The company, which has already launched pilot projects in India and Ireland, said the move aimed to find workers “who think differently”, leading to innovation.22 May 2013 - 10:36am
Fans of Leslie Cheung Kwok-wing commemorate the 10th anniversary of his death at various events. Among the highlights is a 20th anniversary charity screening of Farewell My Concubine - which brought Cheung international acclaim for his portrayal of a gay opera singer - at the Sunbeam Theatre in North Point.1 Apr 2013 - 3:00am
Having an older grandfather or being a mother who was abused in her youth are linked to higher odds of having a child with autism, according to two studies published in a leading US psychiatry journal.22 Mar 2013 - 3:38am
A confident and gregarious youth, 16-year-old Nicholas Liu Jichin had an audience of several hundred people at Chinese University enthralled last November. His 30-minute talk at an autism conference turned into a two-hour session, as parents plied him with questions about his experience.15 Mar 2013 - 10:05am 1 comment
The numbers threaten to overwhelm. About 28,000 special needs students now attend mainstream schools, the result of an inclusive education policy introduced in 1997. The idea is to place children with learning disabilities in conventional classrooms, where they can develop alongside other youngsters.15 Mar 2013 - 10:05am
Ernie Els admits he thought his chance of adding another major to the three he won in 1994, 1997 and 2002 had probably gone. In his 40s with a fortune in the bank, and never the dominant force he had been since a knee injury in 2005, he could have been forgiven for giving up.4 Nov 2012 - 4:47am
Global public health crisis and a fast-growing epidemic: these were the stark terms used by experts at an international summit held here last weekend to describe the cost of autism. The descriptions are backed up by grim figures. In South Korea, as many as one in 38 children are diagnosed as having autism spectrum disorders.8 Apr 2012 - 12:00am
All pupils have their needs, so children with 'special' needs should not be seen as fundamentally different, according to primary school educators who put autistic children in mainstream classes as much as possible.3 Apr 2012 - 12:00am
At first glance, Beijing Stars and Rain looks just like any other kindergarten in the city's eastern suburbs - children's artwork is posted on the walls, toys are scattered around the centre and young children are learning to cut paper with scissors.3 Apr 2012 - 12:00am
Hong Kong admits it is failing its autistic children, and the situation is likely to only get worse as latest findings reveal more children are being diagnosed with the condition.
One campaigner at the city's first summit on autism said that the official number of autistic children is just a few thousand, but the actual figure could be as high as 200,000.1 Apr 2012 - 12:00am