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Nicholette Zeliadt

News Writer, Spectrum

Nicholette Zeliadt writes for Spectrum and reports on breaking autism research news from conferences around the world.

Nicholette covers all aspects of autism research, but her primary beat is epidemiology. Before joining Spectrum in 2014, Nicholette was a freelance reporter for Scientific American and The Scientist. She also worked for the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, where she summarized studies and interviewed scientists for podcasts and profiles.

Nicholette has a Ph.D. in environmental health from the University of Minnesota.

January 2017
Illustration by Pep Boatella
Opinion / Q&A

Questions for Pua, Seal: What’s wrong with brain imaging work?

by  /  17 January 2017

Despite the completion of hundreds of imaging studies in people with autism, researchers have yet to find features that distinguish people with the condition.

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Pep Boatella
News

Experimental autism treatments put to test in real world

by  /  16 January 2017

Researchers are modifying autism therapies for the various communities tasked with implementing them — a move they hope will make treatments more effective for and accessible to all children.

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Air supply: Some newborns exposed to their own feces in the womb require oxygen and intravenous fluids. Reynardt / iStock
News

Exposure to feces in womb tied to autism risk

by  /  16 January 2017

Babies who have their first bowel movement before birth have a slightly increased risk of autism, according to a study of nearly 10 million people.

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Moving target: Brain waves known as beta oscillations reflect brain activity that controls body movements and may signal telltale changes in DNA.AJPhoto / Science Source
News

Brain-wave patterns distinguish dup15q syndrome

by  /  13 January 2017

Children with an extra copy of the 15q11-13 chromosomal region, the second most common genetic abnormality in people with autism, have unusually strong brain waves called beta oscillations. The preliminary findings, presented Friday at the Dup15q Alliance Scientific Meeting in Orlando, Florida, suggest that beta oscillations could distinguish children with dup15q syndrome from those with other forms of autism.

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Seeing spots: The brain responds differently to animations of dots moving in random patterns (right) compared with ones that resemble a person moving (left).
News

Brain scans may forecast effectiveness of autism treatment

by  /  9 January 2017

Patterns of activity in certain brain regions may predict how well a child with autism will respond to a behavioral therapy.

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Injury-prone:   Children whose mothers lack a college degree are at heightened risk of self-harm.Kris Seraphin / Millennium Images, UK
News

Large study shows self-injury common among children with autism

by  /  4 January 2017

About one in four children with autism hit, scratch or otherwise hurt themselves, suggests an analysis of school and medical records for more than 8,000 children.

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Opinion / Q&A

Questions for Daphna Joel: Brain sex differences may be mirage

by  /  3 January 2017

Instead of simply listing sex differences in the brain, researchers should consider how sex interacts with other factors to affect the brain, Joel says.

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December 2016
Heavy pill on scale
Features / Special Reports / 2016: Year in review

Hot topics of 2016

26 December 2016

These five trending topics hint at important discoveries to come.

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Illustration by Julia Yellow
Features / Special Reports / 2016: Year in review

Notable papers of 2016

26 December 2016

Our picks for the top 10 papers of the year highlight leaps in our understanding of autism, as well as lingering gaps.

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Sure shot: Getting a flu vaccine while pregnant may not increase autism risk in the child.
JackF  / iStock
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Autism’s link to flu during pregnancy may be a fluke

by  /  19 December 2016

Women who come down with influenza while pregnant are no more likely than those without the infection to have a child with autism.

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