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

July 2021
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News

Community Newsletter: Double empathy over time, 38 ways to camouflage, measuring stimming’s brain effects

by  /  4 July 2021

In this week’s Community Newsletter, we look at interactions between autistic and non-autistic people, a study that found 38 distinct camouflaging behaviors and a proposal for measuring stimming’s effects on the brain.

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Week of JuneJun
28th
2021
News / Spotted

Spotted around the web: Melatonin trial, striatum activity, CNTNAP2 timing

by  /  2 July 2021

Here is a roundup of news and research for the week of 28 June.

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News

Polypharmacy, shifting prescriptions common for autism comorbidities

by  /  1 July 2021

Roughly 30 percent of people with autism plus another condition, such as anxiety, are prescribed three or more psychotropic medicines. And that mix frequently changes from year to year.

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News

By the Numbers: Polypharmacy, outpatient autism care, pandemic behaviors

by  /  1 July 2021

In this edition of By the Numbers, we discuss medication shifts in people with autism, outpatient facilities providing autism care and pandemic-induced behavioral changes in autistic children.

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June 2021
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News

How autism scientists are tackling brain imaging’s replication problem

by  /  30 June 2021

Reports of flaws in imaging research are signs of a maturing field, experts say, not a devastating blow to its results.

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Portrait of Tonya White with her bike next to the water, Rotterdam.
Opinion / Q&A

Beyond the Bench: A conversation with Tonya White

by  /  29 June 2021

When Tonya White isn’t studying brain development, she might be listening to audiobooks or cycling across Europe — but she probably isn’t tweeting.

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News

Community Newsletter: ASH1L mouse model, camouflaging commentary, autism-specific suicidal behaviors survey

by  /  27 June 2021

In this week’s Community Newsletter, we look at how a loss of the gene ASH1L is linked to autism, a commentary on camouflaging and a new survey to measure suicidal behaviors in autistic people.

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Week of JuneJun
21st
2021
News / Spotted

Spotted around the web: PPE portraits, pronoun use, diversifying polygenic risk scores

by  /  25 June 2021

Here is a roundup of news and research for the week of 21 June.

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Opinion / Q&A

How two graduate students uncovered a critical error in autism screening guidelines

by  /  22 June 2021

Spectrum spoke to the researchers who uncovered an error in autism screening guidelines that have been in use for nearly a decade.

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News

Community Newsletter: Dopamine signaling, gut disorders and anxiety, gender dysphoria in autism

by  /  20 June 2021

In this week’s Community Newsletter, we’ve got papers on dopamine signaling, how gastrointestinal disorders affect anxiety, and predictors of gender dysphoria in autistic people.

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