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

May 2019
Rising prevalence in Northern Ireland
Opinion / Viewpoint

Rise in autism diagnoses in Northern Ireland highlights lack of support

by  /  14 May 2019

Autism’s prevalence in Northern Ireland is climbing, but government policies leave families unable to access the treatments they need.

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News

International autism meeting tilts balance back toward biology

by  /  13 May 2019

The offerings at this year’s international autism conference largely satisfied scientists pushing for a focus on biology, while also including enough sessions on social issues to please others.

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Genome sequence. The pattern of bands represents the chemical sequence that forms the genetic code for a section of DNA (deoxyribonucleic acid). The DNA sample was cut into fragments by an enzyme. These fragments were then placed into a gel in the petri dish and separated by electrophoresis, the application of an electric charge. DNA sequencing is used in forensic science, medical research and genealogy.
Opinion

Repairing racial inequality in genetic research

by ,  /  10 May 2019

To boost the participation of marginalized communities in genetic studies, doctors must first win back their trust.

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Week of MayMay
6th
2019
News / Spotted

Spotted around the web: Week of 6 May 2019

by  /  10 May 2019

Here is a roundup of news and research for the week of 6 May.

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Opinion / Viewpoint

Clinicians should consider off-label treatments for autism

by  /  7 May 2019

Clinicians need a more consistent and evidence-based approach to prescribing antipsychotics to children and adolescents with autism.

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view of Montreal skyline
News

Takeaways from INSAR 2019

by  /  6 May 2019

Just 10 years ago, the prevalence of autism in Northern Ireland was around 1 percent. Now, between 2.9 and 3.5 percent of children in Northern Ireland are thought to be on the spectrum1,2. Among boys, the prevalence is about 4.5 percent. It is true that the past decade has seen a rise in autism prevalence […]

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News

Reactions from INSAR 2019

by  /  4 May 2019

The autism research community is gathering in Montreal, Canada, this week for the meeting of the International Society for Autism Research.

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Teacher reading a book with a class of children
News

U.S. autism prevalence in black children based on few families

by  /  4 May 2019

A national survey that estimates autism prevalence includes too few black families to yield accurate data for that demographic.

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Week of AprilApr
29th
2019
News / Spotted

Spotted around the web: Week of 29 April 2019

by  /  3 May 2019

Here is a roundup of news and research for the week of 29 April.

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April 2019
Illustration of scientists trying to piece together a female head in marble
Opinion / Viewpoint

Dutch project aims to raise awareness of autism in women

by  /  30 April 2019

A new network in the Netherlands is focused on problems and solutions specific to autistic girls and women.

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