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

July 2013

High-resolution model showcases brain anatomy

by  /  4 July 2013

Researchers have sliced a human brain into more than 7,400 slivers, and stained and scanned them to create ‘BigBrain,’ the most detailed three-dimensional map of a human brain to date, they reported 21 June in Science.

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Health records reveal autism’s full picture

by  /  2 July 2013

Electronic health records may help researchers assemble information about autism, such as its full range of symptoms, from thousands of individuals, says Isaac Kohane.

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Is it time to rethink head size?

by  /  1 July 2013

A new analysis challenges the long-reported correlation between autism and abnormally large head circumference, begging the question: Should head size matter?

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June 2013

Medication nation

by  /  28 June 2013

U.K. doctors prescribe fewer medications for autism than doctors in the U.S., perhaps due to tighter drug laws and a more conservative medical culture, suggests a new study, published 17 May in Psychopharmacology.

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Analysis probes literature for autism-linked gene culprits

by  /  26 June 2013

By combining bioinformatics techniques with an analysis of gene expression, researchers have identified 30 candidate genes for autism, according to a study published 28 May in Translational Psychiatry.

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Scanning electron micrograph of human chromosome 16.

Genetics: Variants in chromosome 16 region show male bias

by  /  25 June 2013

Males, but not females, with neurodevelopmental disorders such as autism are more likely to have deletions or duplications in the 16p13.11 chromosomal region than controls are, according to a study published 18 April in PLoS One.

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Researchers call for open access to autism diagnostic tools

by  /  24 June 2013

Few studies of autism prevalence have been conducted in low- and middle-income countries. Freely available screening and diagnostic tools could help address this disparity.

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Can open-source tests balance autism prevalence maps?

by  /  24 June 2013

Discrepancies in global wealth create hurdles for autism diagnosis, treatments and cross-cultural research. How can open-access tools fix the problem?

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Disclosing results

by  /  21 June 2013

Autism researchers disagree on what genetic information or clinical services they should offer participants after a study ends.

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Chromosome test reveals genetic causes of autism

by  /  19 June 2013

Screening the genome for small chromosomal abnormalities may identify potential genetic causes of autism or intellectual disability in 16 percent of children tested, according to a study published 24 May in the European Journal of Paediatric Neurology.

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