Opinion Archive

April 2019
portrait of Dr. Lilia Lakoucheva
Opinion / Q&A

Beyond the bench: A conversation with Lilia Iakoucheva

by  /  16 April 2019

Lilia Iakoucheva spends her days running outdoors and solving the molecular complexities of autism, sometimes at the same time.

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human making connections
Opinion / Viewpoint

Sharing genetic results can advance autism science, medical care

by ,  /  9 April 2019

People with autism and their families can be important partners in understanding the genetics of autism by agreeing to share their genetic data.

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Opinion / Viewpoint

Quantitative tests of motor skills could improve autism care

by  /  2 April 2019

New assessments of the subtle motor difficulties that characterize autism could improve autistic children’s lives and teach us a lot about the condition.

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March 2019
Portrait of Dr. Timothy Roberts
Opinion / Viewpoint

In quest for autism biomarkers, this technique has magnetic appeal

by  /  26 March 2019

To find biological markers of autism, scientists would be wise to measure the brain’s electrical activity along with the resulting magnetic fields.

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brain inside head, showing sound waves
Opinion / Viewpoint

Hearing problems hint at potential for early autism screening

by  /  19 March 2019

Difficulties hearing and processing sounds are common in autism and may originate in the brainstem — offering the possibility of an inexpensive screen for the condition.

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Woman stands alone in beige office, ignored by co-workers
Opinion / Viewpoint

Call for help: We need to address suicide risk in autistic women

by  /  12 March 2019

Researchers need funds to investigate why autistic women take their own lives — and how to stop them.

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Opinion / Viewpoint

Analyzing postmortem brains for autism? Proceed with caution

by  /  5 March 2019

Any study of postmortem brains must control for artifacts, which are pervasive in brain tissue.

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February 2019
Pattern of eyes making eye contact and looking away
Opinion / Q&A

Analysis offers new hope for failed fragile X drug

by  /  26 February 2019

Eye tracking shows that mavoglurant, a once-abandoned experimental drug for fragile X syndrome, enters the brain and boosts social interest, says Elizabeth Berry-Kravis.

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baby in utero, with placenta and antibodies and molecules
Opinion / Viewpoint

What the placenta could reveal about autism

by  /  19 February 2019

Understanding the interactions between the placenta and the uterine lining could explain how maternal immune activation leads to autism.

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headshots of Connie Kasari, Matthew Seigel, Carol Greenburg, Benjamin Alexander, and Deborah Fein
Opinion / Cross Talk

What defines ‘success’ for autism treatments?

12 February 2019

Three autism researchers and two autistic people describe how they define a successful therapy for the condition.

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