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

April 2022

Access to Medicaid waivers varies with race, age, region

by  /  22 April 2022

Black and Hispanic people with autism in North Carolina are 15 and 37 percent less likely, respectively, to receive a Medicaid waiver than their white counterparts are.

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Researchers, advocates rush to aid autistic Ukrainians

by  /  20 April 2022

Among the millions displaced by the war in Ukraine are children and adults with autism. Many autism professionals are doing what they can to help.

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Community Newsletter: Human pluripotent stem cells, a prediction algorithm challenge, autistic perspectives

by  /  17 April 2022

Twitter toasts two new papers on reprogramming stem cells and searching for autism biomarkers in the brain, as well as incorporating autistic voices to set research and health-care agendas.

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Week of AprilApr
11th
2022

Spotted around the web: Autism screening, hidden variables, Rett therapy

by  /  15 April 2022

Here is a roundup of news and research for the week of 11 April.

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By the Numbers: Services cliff, hospital costs, co-occurring ADHD

by  /  14 April 2022

This edition of By the Numbers maps where the autism services cliff is steepest, plots hospital costs for autistic youth and charts the overlap of ADHD and autism.

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Miniature microscope records thousands of neurons in moving mice

by  /  12 April 2022

The open-source device achieves subcellular resolution in a larger tissue volume than was possible with prior miniscopes, without impinging upon a mouse’s behavior.

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Community Newsletter: Organoid drug screens, intervention overreach, self-advocates’ concerns

by  /  10 April 2022

It’s a mixed bag of ICYMIs from the autism research Twittersphere this week, ranging from separable cell clusters to research concerns of different kinds.

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Week of AprilApr
4th
2022

Spotted around the web: Prevalence, gender identity, autism misconceptions

by  /  8 April 2022

Here is a roundup of news and research for the week of 4 April.

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Biases skew behavioral predictions from brain scans

by  /  6 April 2022

Models trained on datasets that lack racial and ethnic diversity perform less accurately on brain scans from Black Americans than their white counterparts.

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Null and Noteworthy: An ineffective therapy and an effective biomarker

by  /  6 April 2022

In this edition, a strategy to help autistic children adapt their skills to new situations shows no benefit, but an early-life autism biomarker does.

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