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Spotted around the web: Week of 13 May 2019

by  /  17 May 2019

May 13th

Research roundup

  • Autistic adults report that the ability to focus, attention to detail, good memory and creativity are the strengths that help them most in their daily lives. Autism in Adulthood
  • When new neurons are born in the embryonic brain, they contain certain molecular ‘birthmarks,’ allowing a diversity of neuron types to develop. Science
  • Lab-grown brain organoids can help reveal the effects of oxygen deprivation on the developing brain. Nature Medicine
  • Two clinical trials show that drugs that affect vasopressin, a hormone involved in social behavior, lead to modest improvements in autistic individuals. Science Translational Medicine

Science and society

  • Anti-vaxxer Robert F. Kennedy Jr. was denounced last week by his brother, sister and niece for spreading misinformation. The New York Times
  • A national effort in the United States to study the genes and health records of 1 million Americans has recruited 143,000 people in its first year, according to the National Institutes of Health. Science
  • The state of California plans to ban chlorpyrifos, a pesticide used on crops that has been linked to developmental problems in children. Kaiser Health News
  • Access to vocational rehabilitation services for people with autism varies widely from one U.S. state to the next. Disability Scoop
  • Companies in the U.S. and the European Union recognize the value of neurodiverse employees. Wired
  • Autistic people speak out about hurtful myths and stereotypes. Bustle
  • A new book chronicles the history of blaming mothers for their children’s neurodevelopmental conditions. Popular Science
  • An ‘inclusion room’ at a soccer stadium in Falmer, England, allows young autistic fans to support their soccer club in a comfortable environment. BBC News
  • A local ultra-Orthodox Jewish group held an anti-vaccine rally in Rockland County, New York, where measles has resurfaced. The New York Times
  • A spending bill in the U.S. House of Representatives is designed to curb primate research in publicly funded laboratories. Nature
  • A neuroscientist expresses his mixed feelings about animal research. Nautilus

Autism and the arts

  • A music studio in Queens, New York, offers a music therapy program for autistic children. NationSwell


  • A highly cited 2016 paper that reported vitamin D supplements improve autism-related behaviors has been retracted. Retraction Watch

Funding news

  • German researchers are likely to benefit from 3 percent increases in scientific funding through 2030. Science