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March 2022
A family of Macaques aat the Yerkes National Primate Research Center Field Station, Lawrenceville, Georgia.

Macaques’ social skills tied to variation in autism-linked genes

by  /  7 March 2022

Genetics strongly influences some aspects of the monkey’s social behavior, including tendencies to solicit grooming and sit or play alone.

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Speech bubble formed by a network of communication

Community Newsletter: Autistic health-care needs, questioning brain-to-brain synchrony

by  /  6 March 2022

Tweets in the autism research sphere during the first week of March have come in like a lion, roaring — over gaps in clinical care for autistic people, gaps in understanding and gaps in evidence.

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Back view of a doctor viewing patient information across multiple monitors.

Electronic health record alerts for physicians boost autism study enrollment

by  /  4 March 2022

People who heard about SPARK, a genetic study of autism, directly from a physician were more likely to enroll than those who heard about the project elsewhere.

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Brain floating in red uetero-like space with virus

As the pandemic wanes, will autism diagnoses rise in its wake?

by  /  2 March 2022

Given the known link between severe maternal infections and autism, some scientists are investigating whether COVID-19 during pregnancy can affect a child’s neurodevelopment.

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Illustration of hand holding compass.

Spectrum Launch: Pivoting to industry, the importance of outreach, and the optimal number of grad students

by  /  1 March 2022

Andrew Jaffe, head of data sciences at Neumora Therapeutics, answers Spectrum’s questions about how his new career in biotech differs from his previous one in academia.

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February 2022
Woman going over homework with distracted child.

Early language loss in autistic children not tied to later communication problems

by  /  28 February 2022

Many autistic children experience language regression for about three months in early childhood, but this lapse does not appear to foretell future communication issues.

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Many mouths making conversation, with speech bubbles in red and blue.

Community Newsletter: Chemical exposure effects, novel variants and preprint server improvements

by  /  27 February 2022

Social media in the autism space this week served up a helpful cheat sheet of standout research tweets to catch up on — plus an easier way to consume preprints.

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Conceptual illustration of child sleeping under blanket with multiple EEG waves overlaid on top and a window on left showing it is daytime and window on right showing nighttime.

Cracking autism’s sleep conundrum

by  /  25 February 2022

Sleep problems may contribute to or derive from autism traits — or both. After decades of work, researchers are beginning to uncover the biological connections between the two conditions, revealing new paths to potential treatments.

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Amygdala development diverges in autism-specific anxiety

by  /  24 February 2022

The brain region, which is involved in fear and emotion processing, develops differently in autistic children with anxiety than in those without anxiety or in non-autistic children; its development also depends on the type of anxiety a child experiences.

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Spectrum Index: IQ deviations, rural disparities and underweight infants

by  /  23 February 2022

This monthly newsletter offers quick statistics on the latest data-centric, autism research studies.

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