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Calli McMurray

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Calli McMurray was the summer 2023 news writing intern at Spectrum and is a graduate student in New York University’s Science, Health & Environmental Reporting Program. Her work has appeared in STAT NewsThe Texas Observer, Smithsonian Magazine and elsewhere. She has a B.S. in neuroscience from the University of Texas at Austin.

February 2024
A stack of papers with red tape.

Autism journal retracts speech-recognition paper, pauses special issue

by  /  29 February 2024

The journal’s publisher flagged problems in 11 papers that were part of a special issue on assistive technology in special education.

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October 2023
Illustration of a sheet of red and white pills, with the red pills arranged in the form of a question mark.

New template streamlines sharing clinical trial results

by  /  31 October 2023

This month’s Going on Trial newsletter explores a new tool for communicating with clinical trial participants and their families, among other drug development news.

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September 2023
A hand reaches from above to add a pill to a stack that is resting against the x-axis of a graph.

Looking at eye tracking’s potential for clinical trials

by  /  28 September 2023

This month’s Going on Trial newsletter explores how eye tracking might be used beyond helping with diagnosis, among other drug development news.

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August 2023
Illustration of a sheet of red and white pills, with the red pills arranged in the form of a question mark.

Trials test utility of EEG biomarkers for autism-related conditions

by  /  31 August 2023

This month’s Going on Trial newsletter dives into an electroencephalography biomarker that could track the efficacy of treatments for dup15q and Angelman syndromes, among other drug development news.

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Progress amid setbacks in drug trials for rare forms of epilepsy: Q&A with Justin West

by  /  30 August 2023

Despite grave side effects, it’s vital to keep developing treatments for rare genetic forms of childhood epilepsy, says West, president of the KCNT1 Epilepsy Foundation and father of a son with the condition.

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Five high-school-aged students sit on a bench looking at notebooks and a laptop.

Social skills decline during adolescence for a sliver of autistic youth

by  /  24 August 2023

Most children with the condition, however, gain communication and social abilities over time.

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Headshot of Clara Hill.

Co-director of closed psychotherapy clinic retires amid retractions

by  /  23 August 2023

A dozen papers have been retracted so far, and six more are planned.

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Gut microbiome meta-analysis reveals consistent autism signal

by  /  22 August 2023

But the field needs to move on from cross-sectional studies to gain insights into the causes and consequences of the association, experts say.

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Concerns raised over autism prediction paper

by  /  11 August 2023

The paper was published in a journal that shut down after being overrun by paper mills.

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Co-occurring conditions in autistic teens increase with age

by  /  8 August 2023

The most prevalent conditions include obesity, neurological disorders, anxiety and attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder.

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