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

June 2011
Opinion

Information overload

by  /  3 June 2011

Sensory sensitivity is one of the most understudied aspects of autism. That’s a serious problem, because it underlies much of the distress experienced by people with the disorder, says best-selling author and animal scientist Temple Grandin.

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May 2011
Opinion

Boy talk

by  /  31 May 2011

Female-to-male transsexuals show more traits associated with autism than typical males or females, though the reasons for this link remain unclear.

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News

New York program fulfills promise of inclusive education

by  /  30 May 2011

An innovative academic program in New York City public schools is successfully educating children with high-functioning autism alongside their unaffected peers.

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Opinion

Generation gap

by  /  27 May 2011

Parents see more benefits to a diagnosis of autism than their affected children do — perhaps unsurprising, given young people’s overwhelming desire to fit in with their peers.

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News

Networks of genes altered in autism brains, study says

by  /  25 May 2011

Two networks of genes are abnormally expressed in the brains of people with autism, according to a study published today in Nature.

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Opinion

Hive mind

by  /  24 May 2011

Social media is powerful, and scientists can and should harness it to help answer difficult questions. But as with any easy solution, there is a corresponding cautionary tale: Social media can just as easily misguide as be meaningful.

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Opinion / Viewpoint

Isabelle Rapin: Lessons from my clinic

by  /  24 May 2011

Autism is diagnosed based on the severity and variety of its symptoms. This makes it very difficult to diagnose and easy to confuse with other disorders, such as language delay and intellectual disability, cautions Isabelle Rapin.

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Opinion

Screen test

by  /  20 May 2011

Genetic screening of children with autism is critical to designing more effective interventions and treatment, says a pediatrician.

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News

Clinical research: Speech devices useful for people with autism

by  /  20 May 2011

Speech-generating devices are a beneficial intervention for people with autism who cannot speak or sign, according to two studies published in the past few months.

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Opinion

Seeking a cure

by  /  17 May 2011

Parents of children with autism choose treatment options based on what they believe caused the disorder, according to a French study. More education about autism could help them make better choices.

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