Study shows autism's unexpected link to cancer

An autistic child tries to open a safety lock at his family home in California. Photo: AP

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

Fewer autism cases under revised definition

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 to hire people with autism

In the film Rain Man, Dustin Hoffman (left) played an autistic man exploited by his brother, played by Tom Cruise. SAP says it plans to actively seek out autistic staff to find workers “who think differently”. Photo: supplied

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

Talking points

Leslie Cheung lives 10 years on

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

Autism linked to older grandfathers and abused mothers

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

Youngster becomes autism educator after overcoming the condition

16-year-old Nicholas Liu Jichin. Photo: Felix Wong

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

Are mainstream schools doing enough for special needs children?

ADHT sufferer Willie Lam was ignored at school. Photo: Paul Leung

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

Golf: Ernie Els on a mission for autism

Ernie Els at the HSBC headquarters in Central. Photo: Nora Tam

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

Needs of the few

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

Beacon Hill guides autistic children into mainstream

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

Reaching out to forgotten children

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

City lags in autism diagnoses and care, experts say

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

Autism concerns

Half of Hong Kong's children currently diagnosed as autistic may be denied treatment following a major change to the clinical definition, concern groups warned.

21 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

Concern for children as autism is redefined

Half of Hong Kong's children currently diagnosed as autistic may be denied treatment following a major change to the clinical definition, concern groups warned.

20 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

A case in point for autism

Baptist University's School of Chinese Medicine opened a privately financed speciality clinic in December in the Tsim Sha Tsui Kai Fong Welfare Association Building on Nathan Road. It features a 'Children Autism Treatment Zone' - a place where children get weekly acupuncture treatments.

The zone has been placed in a far corner of the clinic with soundproofed walls.

7 Feb 2012 - 12:00am