Opinion Archive

December 2018
Opinion / Viewpoint

Post-traumatic stress disorder may mimic autism in some children

by  /  11 December 2018

Clinicians need to be able to distinguish autism from post-traumatic stress disorder so they can provide the right support.

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Opinion / Viewpoint

Peer review of methods before study’s onset may benefit science

by  /  4 December 2018

‘Registered reports’ — a type of paper in which experimental protocols are reviewed before the study begins — may make neuroscience studies more rigorous and reproducible.

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November 2018
illustration shows figure with many different colors and shapes indicating fluidity of identity.
Opinion / Viewpoint

Why we need to respect sexual orientation, gender diversity in autism

by  /  27 November 2018

Autistic people with a minority sexual orientation or gender identity face specific challenges, from having their self-assessments dismissed to difficulties advocating for their gender needs.

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Portrait of Dr. Michael Gandal in his lab.
Opinion / Q&A

Beyond the bench: A conversation with Michael Gandal

by  /  20 November 2018

Michael Gandal, who studies the genetics of brain conditions, offers unusual advice on team building: Lock everyone up in a room together.

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Opinion / Viewpoint

Intelligent robots could prove to be a boon for autism therapies

by ,  /  13 November 2018

Robots may one day help therapists analyze behaviors and devise personalized sessions for autistic children.

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Illustration shows Austria lagging behind Germany--doctors and researchers are taking bigger steps in Germany.
Opinion / Viewpoint

How Austria can restore its status as a center of autism research

by  /  6 November 2018

Austria must train more autism specialists, expand its research funding and build more centers for autism diagnosis and treatment.

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October 2018
Opinion / Reviews

Book Review: A mother finds reward in risk

by  /  30 October 2018

In “The Boy Who Loved Too Much,” a woman tries to cocoon her son, who has Williams syndrome, from life’s insults but later realizes her protective instincts carry dangers of their own.

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A woman peers through a wall made to look like a genetic sequencing background, through a missing area.
Opinion / Viewpoint

Counseling can ease shock of unexpected genetic results

by  /  23 October 2018

The best way to deliver surprises from genetic findings is to provide adequate information and counseling alongside the results.

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An illustration shows a mosaic-like view of viruses delivering genes to the brain.
Opinion / Viewpoint

Angelman syndrome: Bellwether for genetic therapy in autism

by ,  /  16 October 2018

It is not a matter of whether there will be clinical trials of genetic therapy for Angelman syndrome, but when.

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Illustration of human brain in brackets suggesting circuit alterations that is associated with certain genetic mutations.
Opinion / Viewpoint

Brain scans of sleeping mice hint at subtypes of autism

by  /  9 October 2018

Mapping the effects of autism mutations on mouse brain circuits may reveal subtypes of the condition in people.

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