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Nicholette Zeliadt

Senior News Writer, Spectrum

Nicholette Zeliadt writes for Spectrum and reports on breaking autism research news from conferences around the world.

Nicholette covers all aspects of autism research, but her primary beat is epidemiology. Before joining Spectrum in 2014, Nicholette was a freelance reporter for Scientific American and The Scientist. She also worked for the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, where she summarized studies and interviewed scientists for podcasts and profiles.

Nicholette has a Ph.D. in environmental health from the University of Minnesota.

May 2018
News

Autism screen misses children with noticeable delays

by  /  21 May 2018

A widely used test for autism misses some children with delays in motor, social and communication skills.

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Girls with autism at high risk of sexual abuse, large study says

by  /  14 May 2018

Many women with autism or attention deficit hyperactivity disorder report having been sexually abused as a child.

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Who’s ‘minimally verbal’? Depends whom you ask

by  /  12 May 2018

The proportion of children with autism considered to be minimally verbal in a study depends on the criteria researchers use to identify them.

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Children with severe autism increasingly overlooked in research

by  /  11 May 2018

The proportion of studies that include people with a severe form of autism has fallen over the past three decades.

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Motor difficulties forecast language troubles in autism

by  /  11 May 2018

Children with autism who speak few words and have trouble manipulating objects tend to remain minimally verbal as they reach adulthood.

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Mere observation may alter trajectory of autism

by  /  10 May 2018

Children with autism who participate in research beginning in infancy have less severe autism features than other children with the condition.

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Vitamin D linked to lowered autism risk in large study

by  /  10 May 2018

Children born with high blood levels of vitamin D have 25 percent decreased odds of autism compared with those born with low levels.

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Scans reveal sex difference in brain thinning during childhood

by  /  9 May 2018

Part of the brain’s outer layer thins too quickly with age in boys with autism, but not in girls with the condition.

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Brain science to benefit from unexpected windfall in research funds

by  /  3 May 2018

Autism researchers are no longer fretting over a shrinking pool of funds for the U.S. National Institutes of Health — at least for the time being.

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April 2018
News

Some mutations tied to autism may be passed down from fathers

by  /  19 April 2018

Some children with autism inherit rare mutations in noncoding DNA from their unaffected fathers.

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