Tag: autism

March 2020
Close-up of mouse face and whiskers.
News

Sensory sensitivity in autistic people may stem from subset of neurons

by  /  27 March 2020

Mice missing an autism gene called SHANK3 tend to be hypersensitive to touch, which may stem from underactivity of neurons that normally dampen sensory responses.

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Journals prepare for changes as coronavirus interrupts research

by  /  26 March 2020

As the coronavirus pandemic disrupts researchers’ working lives, the academic journals that publish their work are adjusting too.

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New U.S. data show similar autism prevalence among racial groups

by ,  /  26 March 2020

Autism prevalence in the United States continues to rise, according to a new study of 8-year-old children in 11 states. Boys are 4.3 times as likely as girls are to have autism, a ratio that is consistent with previous estimates.

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Young boy is interacting with a small rubbery green colored robot through a touch screen.
News / Toolbox

How autism researchers are applying machine-learning techniques

by  /  25 March 2020

Researchers are using machine learning to improve diagnostic predictions of autism, create interactive support robots, and more.

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Caregiver and person with autism are inside a delicate protected sphere, while the COVID19 virus looms all around them.
Opinion / Viewpoint

How governments should maintain disability services during the pandemic

by  /  24 March 2020

People with disabilities are at increased risk of medical and other complications from coronavirus infection. There is a lot that governments can do to help them.

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Video still shows worker at Whorlton Hall mistreating or abusing a person with disabilities
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U.K. government faces lawsuit over mistreatment of autistic people

by  /  23 March 2020

Following a series of scandals in the United Kingdom over people with autism being held against their will and mistreated in hospitals, a watchdog group has issued a legal challenge to the government.

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Week of MarchMar
16th
2020
News / Spotted

Spotted around the web: Coronavirus, genetic mutations, obsessive-compulsive disorder

by  /  20 March 2020

Here is a roundup of news and research for the week of 16 March.

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Infants’ attention to faces may predict autism before formal diagnosis

by  /  20 March 2020

Autistic infants as young as 6 months display subtle signs of the condition, according to a study of visual attention.

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Portrait of Elise Robinson in her sunroom surrounded by plants
News / Profiles

Elise Robinson: Untangling the roots of cause and effect

by  /  19 March 2020

Even as a small child, geneticist Elise Robinson wondered why people think the way they do. Today, that question informs much of her autism research.

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Features / Deep Dive

Growing old with autism

by  /  18 March 2020

For many autistic adults, the golden years are tarnished by poor health, poverty and, in some cases, homelessness. Their plight reveals huge gaps in care.

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