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From funding decisions to scientific fraud, a wide range of societal factors shape autism research.

First-of-its-kind commission defines ‘profound autism,’ issues recommendations

by  /  6 December 2021
Use of the term ‘profound autism’ is among the recommendations made by a panel of autism researchers, clinicians, autistic adults and parents of autistic people.
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Community Newsletter: New prevalence estimates, journal chief steps down

by  /  5 December 2021
This week's Community Newsletter brings you conversations around new autism prevalence numbers in the United States and United Kingdom, and David Mandell's departure as editor-in-chief of Autism.
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29th
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Spotted around the web: Researcher job prospects, telehealth, newborn screening

by  /  3 December 2021
Here is a roundup of news and research for the weeks of 22 and 29 November.
December 2021
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U.S. autism prevalence inches upward as racial gaps close

by  /  2 December 2021

Autism prevalence in the United States rose to 1 in 44 children in 2018, up from 1 in 54 in 2016.

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‘Pay-to-participate’ autism stem-cells paper retracted

by  /  2 December 2021

One family paid more than $7,000 for their child to participate in a small clinical trial in Panama. The trial’s lead author did not disclose that detail.

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November 2021
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Beyond the Bench: A conversation with Andrew Whitehouse

by  /  24 November 2021

Andrew Whitehouse talks about his conservation efforts in the Australian Outback, what it’s like to be an identical twin and why he leaves work promptly at 5 p.m.

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Community Newsletter: Which came first, the diet or the gut microbiota?

by  /  21 November 2021

In this week’s Community Newsletter, we look at discussions about the relationship between autism and the gut microbiome, plus a new single-cell chromatin remodeling atlas.

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Age at autism diagnosis, first intervention drops to under 3 years

by  /  19 November 2021

Autism diagnoses in the United States now precede developmental services and interventions, according to a new study.

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By the Numbers: Black neuroscience speakers, mildly effective CBT, autism’s diagnostic odyssey

by ,  /  19 November 2021

This edition of By the Numbers logs the continued underrepresentation of Black speakers at neuroscience meetings, mildly-effective cognitive behavioral therapy and early autism diagnoses.

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Cognitive behavioral therapy may be only mildly effective for anxious, autistic children

by  /  16 November 2021

Many autistic children rate the therapy as less effective at treating their anxiety than their parents and clinicians do.

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Community Newsletter: Autistic researcher strengths, challenging the medical research model

by  /  14 November 2021

In this week’s Community Newsletter, we dive into two studies that look at how the autism research paradigm could become more inclusive.

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Week of NovemberNov
8th
2021

Spotted around the web: Antisense therapies, mosaic mutations, researcher productivity

by  /  12 November 2021

Here is a roundup of news and research for the week of 8 November.

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Spectrum Launch: Slack time, job searches, pandemic mentoring

by  /  11 November 2021

An online community is helping many new principal investigators through a tricky time, plus other resources for early-career autism researchers.

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