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Science & Society

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

News / Spotted
Week of JulyJul
9th
2018

Anxiety app; favorite things; overheard words and more

by  /  13 July 2018
An app may help people with autism manage anxiety, adults on the spectrum share the items they use to self-soothe, and autistic children can pick up new words by overhearing them.
News

Optimism greets investors’ sudden interest in autism therapy

by  /  9 July 2018
Private equity firms have injected hundreds of millions of dollars into autism therapy companies — and researchers are hopeful this will widen autistic people’s access to care.
News / Spotted
Week of JulyJul
2nd
2018

Memory shuttle; fly eyes; gaze avoidance and more

by  /  6 July 2018
A protein proves crucial to spatial memory in mice, genes in the 16p11.2 chromosomal region interact in fruit flies’ eye development, and having more autism features tracks with decreased responsiveness to direct gaze.
July 2018
A young boy in crowd of exhausted people looks directly into camera.
News

Immigrant children detained in U.S. may struggle to get health care

by , ,  /  3 July 2018

The White House’s plan to indefinitely detain immigrant families together threatens the care of young children, experts worry, by placing them with an agency with little experience in handling such complex needs. Previously, the administration’s “zero-tolerance” immigration stance meant splitting children from parents. Immigration authorities acknowledged that during that policy 2,322 children 12 and under were […]

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Opinion / Viewpoint

How the new U.S. ‘Right to Try’ law could harm people with autism

by  /  3 July 2018

People with autism already have access to experimental treatments; the new law could make that access more dangerous.

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June 2018
Week of JuneJun
25th
2018
News / Spotted

Smart genes; Neanderthal mini-brains; diabetes link and more

by  /  29 June 2018

Autism and intelligence share genetic variants, researchers grow Neanderthal mini-brains and see overlap with autism, and maternal diabetes is an autism risk factor.

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U.S. Border Patrol agents take Central American asylum seekers into custody on June 12, 2018 near McAllen, Texas. A child looks uncertainly at an agent wearing black gloves.
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Toddlers face immigration hearings in U.S. courts alone

by , ,  /  28 June 2018

As the White House faces court orders to reunite families separated at the U.S. border, immigrant children as young as 3 are being ordered into court for their own deportation proceedings, according to attorneys in Texas, California and Washington, D.C.

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Illustration of scientists on ladder shining flashlight into a human brain with a raincloud inside.
Opinion / Viewpoint

Why we need screens for depression in people with autism

by ,  /  26 June 2018

The instruments clinicians use to diagnose depression in people with autism cannot capture its unique presentation in this group.

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Opinion / Viewpoint

How separating children from parents causes irreparable harm

by  /  26 June 2018

Science teaches us that housing children in institution-like settings is likely to cause severe and permanent damage to their minds and bodies.

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News

Fearing deportation, immigrant parents opt out of children’s health benefits

by ,  /  25 June 2018

A growing number of American children are dropping out of Medicaid and other government programs because their parents are not citizens.

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Thousands of children younger than 13 detained under U.S. border policy

by , ,  /  22 June 2018

The Trump administration has detained 2,322 children 12 years old or younger amid its border crackdown.

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Week of JuneJun
18th
2018
News / Spotted

New health handbook; evidence imbalance; social motivation and more

by  /  22 June 2018

The latest manual of international disease codes is out, a franchise claims to have an autism cure, and two reports diverge on the validity of the social-motivation hypothesis.

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New restrictions on epilepsy drug may do more harm than good

by  /  21 June 2018

A partial ban in Europe on the use of a drug called valproate during pregnancy could deny women effective treatment for serious conditions.

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