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January 2022
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Community Newsletter: Upcoming webinars, participatory research resources, research reactions

by  /  23 January 2022

In this week’s newsletter, we feature tweets about the Lancet Commission, a new initiative from the International Society for Autism Research, a highlighted paper about the link between autism and the microbiome, and reactions to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s decision to acknowledge a hair-based autism test.

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Why was a study about autism cited by a paper on plant beauty?

by  /  21 January 2022

Autism studies are appearing in the reference lists of entirely unrelated papers, suggesting what a few scholars worry is a plot to manipulate citations.

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By the Numbers: Unequal ABA access, autism incidence by insurance type, criminal charges counts

by  /  20 January 2022

In this edition of By the Numbers, we discuss geographic disparities in access to behavior therapy, autism incidence among the privately or publicly insured and the rarity of criminal charges against autistic people in New Zealand.

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Oxytocin alters brain activity to boost sociability in mice missing autism gene

by  /  20 January 2022

Infusions of the hormone oxytocin may make mice that model autism more social by normalizing their brain activity patterns.

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Autism comorbidities reflect racial, ethnic disparities

by  /  19 January 2022

Autistic people from historically marginalized races and ethnicities are more likely than their white peers to be diagnosed with accompanying health conditions.

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Infection in pregnant mice ups risk of gut problems in pups

by  /  18 January 2022

Infection during pregnancy can tweak a mouse’s gut microbiome in ways that have lasting effects on her pups’ immune system and increase their chances of gut inflammation, a new study suggests.

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FDA cites hair-based autism diagnostic aid as ‘breakthrough’

by  /  17 January 2022

Despite scant publicly available data, makers of the ‘exposome’-based method say it could help with diagnosing autism and identifying subtypes.

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Community Newsletter: Making MRIs more comfortable for autistic people, long-term potentiation and learning

by  /  16 January 2022

Twitter is talking about a review of how to make autistic people more comfortable during magnetic resonance imaging scans, and a study that upends a popular idea about learning — namely, that it requires long-term potentiation of synapses.

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Introducing Spectrum’s Autism Drug Trial Tracker

by  /  12 January 2022

The tool provides interactive, curated information on more than 200 clinical trials for autism and related conditions.

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Autism Drug Tracker: User Guide

by  /  12 January 2022

Learn how to use the autism drug tracker, with specific examples and detailed explanations for each data column.

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