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Hardest part of work for autistic adults is getting a job, survey says

Hardest part of work for autistic adults is getting a job, survey says

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May 10 (UPI) -- From computer programming and factory work to acting and retail, autistic adults have a skill set that mirrors the wide spectrum of their disorder, but they face challenges and perceptions that non-autistic workers don't encounter. These challenges include tougher obstacles to getting and retaining a job, according to a new survey that found more than two-thirds of adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder are unemployed or underemployed. In the first global study on employment of adults with ASD, adults in the United States, Sweden and Australia were asked about work interests, satisfaction and frustration of obtaining and keeping a job, and doing so despite issues with social skills, repetitive behaviors, speech and nonverbal communication. The findings were presented Wednes...
Multigene test increasingly used to assess breast cancer risk

Multigene test increasingly used to assess breast cancer risk

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May 10 (UPI) -- New research suggests women are increasingly foregoing BRCA tests, which only test for mutations in either of the BRCA1 and BRCA2 genes, opting instead for more comprehensive tests that detect mutations in a larger number of genes.Because multigene tests can identify a variety of mutations, the risks of which aren't well established, health researchers hypothesized the increase in such tests would lead to an uptick in prophylactic mastectomies -- the removal of both breasts to prevent the development of cancers.However, the latest survey of breast cancer testing showed changes in test preferences haven't resulted in more mastectomy surgeries."In general, multigene panel tests yield more clinically useful results and are rapidly becoming the norm," Dr. Allison Kurian, an ass...