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Spectrum: Autism Research News


Carrie Arnold

Carrie Arnold is a Virginia-based freelance science journalist who covers many aspects of the living world. She’s a contributing editor at NOVA Next, and has also written for Mosaic, National Geographic, Aeon, Nautilus, Scientific American and Women’s Health. She is also the author of “Decoding Anorexia: How Breakthroughs in Science Offer Hope for Eating Disorders.”

January 2018
Illustration: An artistic depiction of the double-helix DNA molecule. In the center, there's a lonely-looking person.

Weighing up autism’s obesity crisis

by  /  24 January 2018

Autism’s underlying biology, associated behaviors and treatments can all put people on the spectrum at serious risk for obesity.

May 2017

Rare form of autism shows unique pattern of regression

by  /  24 May 2017

More than 40 percent of children with Phelan-McDermid syndrome lose skills they once had, beginning, on average, at age 6.

September 2016
Someone writes descriptions on gridded paper, the paper is in the shape of a child's silhouette.

The innovators: How families launch their own autism studies

by  /  28 September 2016

Some parents are starting ‘N-of-1’ studies for autism, but their efforts don’t always get taken seriously.

February 2016

The invisible link between autism and anorexia

by  /  17 February 2016

Autism and anorexia may seem to have nothing in common, but below the surface, the two conditions are startlingly similar—and sometimes affect the same person.