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October 2017
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To partner with autism community, welcome dissenting opinions

by  /  10 October 2017

Giving the autism community a voice in research means engaging in meaningful dialogue, not just making token gestures.

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September 2017
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Suicidal tendencies hard to spot in some people with autism

by  /  26 September 2017

To effectively screen for suicidality in people with autism, we need to learn how to ask questions that lead to real answers.

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Protein factories at neuronal junctions take center stage in autism

by ,  /  12 September 2017

Some genes linked to autism regulate the production of proteins at neuronal junctions, suggesting that disrupted protein synthesis contributes to the condition.

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Adolescents with autism need access to better sex education

by  /  5 September 2017

Sex education in schools needs to be adapted for teens on the spectrum so they can approach relationships in a way that is safe, confident and healthy.

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August 2017
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Opinion / Viewpoint

Studying pregnant women with autism may offer clues to the condition

by ,  /  22 August 2017

Following women with autism through pregnancy and beyond may reveal factors that shape the likelihood of autism in their children.

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Vaccination: Costly clash between autonomy, public health

by ,  /  15 August 2017

Every state in the country should require that all children be vaccinated before attending school.

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Tendency to ‘freeze’ may be measurable feature of autism

by ,  /  1 August 2017

Many adolescents with autism experience catatonia, a quantifiable decline in motor ability.

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July 2017
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Choice of method may influence brain imaging results in autism

by  /  25 July 2017

Small differences in brain imaging methods can have large effects on results.

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Autism research needs a dose of social science

by  /  18 July 2017

Academics in disciplines such as law, history and the arts have the potential to make extensive contributions to the lives of people with autism.

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Why model autism programs are rare in public schools

by  /  11 July 2017

The United States is failing most of its half million school-age children with autism by not giving them a good education.

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