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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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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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Genetic risk ‘scores’ may help forecast autism diagnosis

by  /  5 February 2019
A count of genetic variants may help predict a person’s risk of various conditions — but its clinical use prompts ethical questions.
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Reaching out to families can inspire new autism research

by  /  29 January 2019
For students and early-career investigators, opportunities to meet and talk with the people they are trying to help underscores why the work matters.

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How to offer support for young autistic children in South Africa

by ,  /  22 January 2019

Coaching caregivers in early-intervention strategies may be the most effective way to help young autistic children in South Africa.

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Expliquer la résilience à l’autisme peut faire naître de nouvelles thérapies

by  /  18 January 2019

Autism affects people everywhere in the world, but the problem is most significant in low- and middle-income countries. In these countries, infant mortality has decreased significantly as a result of valiant public-health efforts over the past three decades. However, as survival rates increased, so too have the rates of developmental disabilities. Sub-Saharan Africa in particular […]

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How to help underserved groups gain access to autism care

by  /  15 January 2019

Place your autism center in the community you serve, remove barriers to care, cast a wide net for autism signs, and do as much as possible in the first visit: These principles can help build a lifelong relationship with the community.

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Beyond the bench: A conversation with Gabriela Rosenblau

by  /  8 January 2019

Gabriela Rosenblau relives the joys — and pains — of setting up a new lab.

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Science serves up inspiration for Katie Carey’s whimsical artwork

by  /  21 December 2018

Katie Carey, who has illustrated several Spectrum articles, reveals her creative process and her strategies for pushing past mental blocks.

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Why adults need an easier path to autism diagnosis

by  /  18 December 2018

Getting an autism diagnosis can be difficult for many adults, due to the dearth of reliable tests, high costs and bureaucracy.

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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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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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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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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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