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Alisa Opar

Freelance writer, Simons Foundation

Alisa Opar is a California-based science writer and the articles editor at Audubon magazine.

January 2017
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Features / Deep Dive

The curious connection between autism and cancer

by  /  11 January 2017

A surprising number of genes associated with autism also have links to cancer. Does that mean cancer drugs can treat autism?

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September 2016
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Features / Deep Dive

The seekers: Why parents try fringe therapies for autism

by  /  21 September 2016

Many parents resort to unproven — even dangerous — alternative treatments for their children’s autism. What drives them?

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June 2008
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‘Trust hormone’ shows promise as treatment for autism

by  /  25 June 2008

The so-called trust hormone oxytocin could prove to be an effective treatment for autism, but itʼs premature for parents to be dosing their kids with the hormone, researchers warn.

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May 2008
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Studies find no evidence for gluten-free diet’s benefits in autism

by  /  20 May 2008

About one year after Nicholas Jermyn was diagnosed with autism, his mother Elaine decided to put him on a diet that many claim lessens the behavioral symptoms of the disease.

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April 2008
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New techniques promise early diagnosis for autism

by  /  17 April 2008

By the time children reach their third birthdays, their behavior can reliably predict whether they have an autism spectrum disorder.

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January 2008
News / Profiles

Josh Huang: In dogged pursuit of autism’s off switch

by  /  3 January 2008

In 1982, Josh Huang was an impressionable young biology undergraduate at Shanghaiʼs FuDan University. Like some of his fellow Chinese students, he knew he wanted to be a neuroscientist, but with limited access to scientific journals, had no idea which big questions were then at the forefront of research.

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