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

September 2021
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News

Community Newsletter: When results don’t replicate, autistic study consultants

by  /  5 September 2021

In this week’s Community Newsletter, we look at the un-reproducible results of a 2007 ‘false beliefs’ study and a commentary on the benefits of autistic study consultants.

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Week of AugustAug
30th
2021
News / Spotted

Spotted around the web: Autistic women, joint attention, prenatal vitamins

by ,  /  3 September 2021

Here is a roundup of news and research for the week of 30 August.

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Autism study earns ‘expression of concern’ over unavailable data

by  /  3 September 2021

An autism brain imaging study published seven years ago received an expression of concern last month after its authors failed to uphold a promise to make their raw data freely available.

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August 2021
Opinion / Viewpoint

Validating autism subtypes: A crucial but often overlooked step in research

by ,  /  31 August 2021

Studies of autism subtypes rarely validate their results, and this has led to a proliferation of autism subtypes of questionable utility. But reliable subtyping can help improve the prognosis for and care of autistic people.

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Community Newsletter: Ethical questions for autism researchers and a tribute to Dinah Murray

by  /  29 August 2021

In this week’s Community Newsletter, we look at a paper on ethical considerations for biomarker research and early interventions plus a tribute to the late autistic autism researcher Dinah Murray.

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Week of AugustAug
23rd
2021
News / Spotted

Spotted around the web: Mislabeled ‘autism traits,’ cerebellum in autism, medicinal cannabis

by , , ,  /  27 August 2021

Here is a roundup of news and research for the week of 23 August.

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Community Newsletter: Parental perceptions of autism over time, a new therapy for anxiety in autistic people

by  /  22 August 2021

In this week’s Community Newsletter, we look at conversations about how parents’ attitudes toward autism have evolved and a therapy for anxiety that focuses on ‘interoception.’

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Week of AugustAug
16th
2021
News / Spotted

Spotted around the web: Dementia risk, sleep anxiety, novel variant of NBEA

by ,  /  20 August 2021

Here is a roundup of news and research for the week of 16 August.

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By the Numbers: Coronavirus infection odds, Medicaid waivers, correlating conditions

by  /  19 August 2021

In this edition of By the Numbers, we discuss the outsize burden of COVID-19 among some groups of autistic people, expansions in Medicaid waivers for autism and how an autistic person’s age at diagnosis may affect their risk for other conditions.

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Opinion / Q&A

Q&A with Brenda Finucane: Building pipelines for genetic tests for autism

by  /  17 August 2021

Most autistic people do not receive the medically recommended genetic tests for autism. Brenda Finucane and her colleagues want to change that.

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