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

May 2011

Budget cuts hit autism research

by  /  13 May 2011

Cuts to the National Institutes of Health budget affect both investigators who have existing grants — which will receive one percent less than in 2010 — and those applying for funding.

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Study finds high rate of autism in South Korea

by  /  11 May 2011

The first comprehensive autism study in South Korea has found that the prevalence of the disorder is more than double the number in the United States.

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Autism traits common among healthy people

by  /  9 May 2011

Two large studies published in the past two months have found that traits linked to autism are widely distributed in the general population. Although about 1 in 100 children is diagnosed with autism, up to 30 percent of people may have at least one of the traits associated with the disorder.

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Simon Baron-Cohen: Theorizing on the mind in autism

by  /  9 May 2011

Few scientists have a career that spans as wide a spectrum in autism research as Simon Baron-Cohen, professor of developmental psychopathology at the University of Cambridge in the U.K. And fewer still garner effusive compliments from those who don’t agree with them.

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Trendsetters

by  /  6 May 2011

Of 72 newly elected members of the National Academy of Sciences, 7 work either directly on autism or in related areas, illustrating the growing intellectual breadth and depth of the field.

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Unequal rights

by  /  3 May 2011

Things are getting better for women in science, but we are still far from a world in which gender is irrelevant.

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Clinical research: Theater improves social skills in children with autism

by  /  3 May 2011

Children with autism who participate in a specialized drama program show improvements in face identification and theory of mind, the ability to infer what others are thinking, according to a study published in the April issue of the Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders.

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Family support group urges brain donations for research

by  /  2 May 2011

Family support groups may be the best messengers to convey the urgent need for brain tissue in autism research, say scientists struggling with inadequate resources.

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April 2011

To catch a thief

by  /  29 April 2011

A high-profile autism researcher has been indicted for stealing more than $1 million in autism research money.

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Odd men out

by  /  26 April 2011

Animal research hints that sex hormones may be responsible for the gender bias in autism. More research is needed in people to back this up, says a new review.

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