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

August 2021
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News

Community Newsletter: COVID-19 and social isolation, camouflaging and first impressions, more on the controversial JADD study

by  /  15 August 2021

In this week’s Community Newsletter, we take a look at studies on how COVID-19 and social isolation have affected autistic people, how camouflaging and age at diagnosis can shape first impressions, and reactions to our article on the controversial “cost of autism” paper.

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Week of AugustAug
9th
2021
News / Spotted

Spotted around the web: Dopamine in autism, predictive skills, incidental genetic findings

by ,  /  13 August 2021

Here is a roundup of news and research for the week of 9 August.

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Contentious study prompts backlash from autism researchers

by  /  11 August 2021

Conflicts of interest and methodological issues sully a study published 18 July in the Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, autism researchers say.

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Community Newsletter: SUV39H2, work performance perceptions, ABA alternative

by  /  8 August 2021

In this week’s Community Newsletter, we take a look at the gene SUV39H2’s link to autism, autistic people’s perception of their work performance, and naturalistic developmental behavior interventions, an alternative to applied behavior analysis.

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Week of AugustAug
2nd
2021
News / Spotted

Spotted around the web: Roundworm connectome, NRXN1 rats, MRI headphones

by , , ,  /  6 August 2021

Here is a roundup of news and research for the week of 2 August

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Features / Deep Dive

Moving for autism care

by  /  4 August 2021

Disparities in state services for autism are driving families to relocate. But not everyone can afford to move, and others find that their new home also has faults.

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Community Newsletter: Transdiagnostic approaches, considering adverse events, webinar with Laurent Mottron

by  /  1 August 2021

In this week’s Community Newsletter, we look at transdiagnostic approaches and why they’re helpful for neurodevelopmental conditions, the importance of monitoring adverse events during intervention studies and our top stories of the week.

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July 2021
Week of JulyJul
26th
2021
News / Spotted

Spotted around the web: Neuronal differentiation, vitamin D, Hollywood representation

by , , , ,  /  30 July 2021

Here is a roundup of news and research for the week of 26 July.

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Sex, age of diagnosis correlate with autism comorbidities

by  /  30 July 2021

Girls are more likely to have various other conditions, such as anxiety or an eating disorder, if they are diagnosed with autism as a teenager, compared with girls diagnosed as children. The findings may suggest that clinicians miss diagnosing some autistic girls unless they also have co-occurring conditions.

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The push to screen newborns for rare autism-linked genetic conditions

by  /  28 July 2021

As treatments for some autism-linked genetic conditions inch closer to the clinic, researchers are talking more urgently about screening all newborns for such conditions.

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