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Science & Society

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

June 2018
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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News

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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News

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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Opinion / Viewpoint

Genetic testing, counseling crucial in people with developmental delay

by ,  /  19 June 2018

Referring children with developmental delay to a clinical geneticist for testing and counseling helps families and advances research.

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Week of JuneJun
11th
2018
News / Spotted

Drug dangers; allergy risk; science #MeToo and more

by  /  15 June 2018

A prospective study shows that antipsychotics mess up metabolism, autism is tied to a doubled risk for food allergies, and a report reveals pervasive sexual harassment in science.

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Female head shape cut out of pink paper, under magnifying glass. Male head is in blue, opposite the female.
News

Autism’s sex ratio, explained

by  /  13 June 2018

More boys than girls have autism; diagnostic biases and genetic factors may explain the skewed sex ratio.

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Week of JuneJun
4th
2018
News / Spotted

Oversold diets; big brains explained; tracking CRISPR and more

by  /  8 June 2018

Benefits of diets for autism features remain unproven, variants of the same DNA region make brains big or small, and STAT announces a new CRISPR tracker.

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Features / Deep Dive

Why police need training to interact with people on the spectrum

by  /  6 June 2018

Encounters between law enforcement and people with autism often go wrong, but some police departments are beginning to train their officers.

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