Preprint server bioRxiv gets boost from Facebook billionaire

by  /  28 April 2017

The Chan Zuckerberg Initiative has pledged to provide financial support for bioRxiv, a website where researchers can share manuscripts before peer review.

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Gathering girls: Researchers find more girls with autism when they actively look for them.Westend61 / Getty Images

Estimate of autism’s sex ratio reaches new low

by  /  27 April 2017
A massive new analysis drops the ratio of boys to girls who qualify for an autism diagnosis to about 3-to-1.
Checking connections: Bundles of neurons called white-matter tracts bridge far-flung, and nearby, regions of the brain.

Two autism features may share common root in brain

by  /  26 April 2017
Children with autism who have both severe repetitive behaviors and sensory sensitivities tend to have had unusually structured nerve tracts in infancy.
Photograph by Bahar Gholipour

Researchers take to streets in historic March for Science

by  /  24 April 2017
Tens of thousands of people protested the U.S. administration’s anti-science policies on Saturday.

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CHIP insurance plan cheaper than Affordable Care for children with autism

by ,  /  27 April 2017

Children with chronic conditions are especially vulnerable to health insurance changes, as they often rely on specialists and medications that may not be covered if they switch plans.

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Pharma spending on lobbying skyrocketed in Trump’s first quarter

by ,  /  25 April 2017

Eight pharmaceutical companies more than doubled their lobbying spending in the first three months of 2017.

Common cause: Many people with mutations in a gene called TRIP12 share characteristic features.

Rare mutation linked to autism affects language ability

by  /  24 April 2017

Mutations in a gene called TRIP12 — which is involved in tagging proteins for destruction — can lead to intellectual disability, language delay and autism.

Donald Trump takes the oath of office as his wife Melania holds a bible during his inauguration as 45th president of the United States on 20 January 2017.  Newscom / Lucy Nicholson

Health companies gave generously to President Trump’s inauguration

by , , ,  /  21 April 2017

Facing acute risks to their businesses from Washington policymakers, health companies spent more than $2 million to buy access to the incoming Trump administration via candlelight dinners, black-tie balls and other inauguration events.

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Nonprofit with ties to pharma launches campaign against drug imports

by , ,  /  20 April 2017

Both the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America and the nonprofit group have gone to great lengths to show that drugmakers are not driving what they describe as a “grass-roots” effort to fight imports.

Telltale teeth: Tony, who has an ADNP mutation, had 16 teeth when he was 13 months old. Courtesty of Sandra Sermone

Precocious baby teeth signal rare form of autism

by  /  20 April 2017

Most children with a rare autism-linked mutation develop baby teeth one to two years earlier than usual.

Risk assessment: The risk of autism associated with antidepressants, if it exists, is small.Pressmaster / Shutterstock

Trio of studies cast doubt on link between autism, antidepressants

by  /  18 April 2017

Increased autism risk among children exposed to antidepressants in utero may be related less to the medications than to the mothers’ depression.

DNA decor: Cells dot DNA with molecules to dial down gene expression at those spots. shunyufan / iStock

Enigmatic chemical tag is altered in autism brains

by  /  17 April 2017

An understudied chemical modification that influences gene expression is abundant in the brains of people with autism.

Culture clash: Parents of children with autism in Japan are more likely than those in four other countries to say their children have intellectual difficulties.Masaru123 / iStock

Parent reports of autism features vary by country

by  /  13 April 2017

Parents in the United States tend to rate their children’s autism features as more severe than do parents in four other countries.

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Michigan’s vaccination rates rise with ‘stealth’ change to waiver rules

by ,  /  12 April 2017

Michigan’s experience demonstrates a way for governments to increase immunization rates without having to address religious or philosophical opposition to vaccines.

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