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A roundup of autism papers and media mentions you may have missed.

October 2015
Week of OctoberOct
12th
2015

Autism app, finding fingerprints, can of worms

by  /  16 October 2015

A new iPhone app flags possible autism symptoms, and researchers discover two ‘new’ neurons in a worm.

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Week of OctoberOct
5th
2015

Imagine this; screening scrum

by  /  9 October 2015

A drawing test reveals subtle slips in the imaginative process for children with autism, and researchers continue the fight for routine autism screening.

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Week of SeptemberSep
28th
2015

Power player; placebo predictors

by  /  2 October 2015

The MacArthur Foundation honors neuroscientist Beth Stevens, and researchers pin down factors that influence the placebo effect in autism trials.

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September 2015
Week of SeptemberSep
21st
2015

Funding frenzy; personal pledge

by  /  25 September 2015

A $13 million grant from the National Institutes of Health aims to help to make stem cell models of autism, and the ‘unaffected sibling’ of a girl with autism pledges to advance the field.

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Week of SeptemberSep
14th
2015

Spotted: Insel’s move; disclosure fail

by  /  18 September 2015

Thomas Insel is stepping down as director of the National Institute of Mental Health after 13 years, and a policy aimed at curbing conflicts of interest is having little impact.

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Week of SeptemberSep
7th
2015

Spotted: Screening support, editing ethics

by  /  11 September 2015

The debate over whether to screen all toddlers for autism rages on, and a team of ethicists thinks editing the genomes of human embryos is okay.

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Week of AugustAug
31st
2015

Spotted: Replication fail; remembering Oliver Sacks

by  /  4 September 2015

Two-thirds of psychology studies can’t be replicated, and the world loses the great Oliver Sacks.

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August 2015
Week of AugustAug
24th
2015

Spotted: Screening stance; outlawed words

by  /  28 August 2015

The debate about autism screening resurges, and psychologists want to blacklist the term “autism epidemic.”

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Week of AugustAug
17th
2015

Spotted: Phony reviews; tracking trials

by  /  21 August 2015

Springer pulled 64 studies over faked peer reviews, and positive clinical trial results are hard to find.

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Week of AugustAug
10th
2015

Spotted: Building brains; classification controversy

by  /  14 August 2015

A 3D printer makes brains out of bio-ink, and researchers debate the number of types of neurons.

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