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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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Smoke, mirrors and Robert Kennedy Jr.’s vaccine safety panel

by  /  12 January 2017
Don’t let Robert F. Kennedy Jr.’s appointment distract us from fighting the policy changes that could have dire consequences for people with autism.
Opinion / Columnists / Life Science
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Technology can curb social exclusion of children with autism

by  /  10 January 2017
Apps, robots and brain imaging can help children with autism improve their social skills and connect with other people.
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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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Young woman with autism asks: ‘Am I so different?’

by  /  26 December 2016

A college student on the spectrum reflects on her struggles relating to others and gaining independence — and on the people who have given her hope.

Illustration by Jun Cen
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A call to scientists to develop communication tools for autism

by  /  20 December 2016

People with autism who speak few or no words need tools that can help them communicate. Scientists could make this happen.

Illustration by Jasu Hu
Opinion / Q&A

Questions for Joshua Gordon: Circuit solutions for autism

by  /  13 December 2016

The new director of the National Institute of Mental Health says work on brain circuits may yield treatments for autism.

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Why the 21st Century Cures Act could be disastrous for medicine

by  /  1 December 2016

A new bill threatens to lower the scientific standards that have made the Food and Drug Administration’s approval the gold standard worldwide.

Illustration by John Hersey
Opinion / Viewpoint

Autism diagnosis must account for individual ability to function

by  /  29 November 2016

A new guide offers the most detailed assessment yet of ability in people with autism, and may be a useful tool for diagnosis and research.

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Opinion / Viewpoint

Beyond citations: Why scientists need to engage with public

by  /  14 November 2016

Scientists should regularly relate their work to a broad audience, and universities should support these efforts.

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Questions for Yael Niv: How to fight sexism in science

by  /  14 November 2016

Male scientists typically dominate speaker lineups at conferences. The skewed gender ratio stunts women’s careers — and progress in science.

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Scientists blend work and life into palatable cocktails

by  /  14 November 2016

We asked researchers how they managed to mix family and fun with science into their days — and received some clever recipes.

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Opinion / Q&A

Questions for Timothy Murphy: Mice take selfies of their brains

by  /  8 November 2016

By coaching mice to position themselves under a microscope, researchers can regularly peer into their brains without disrupting the rodents’ social life.

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Questions for Bishop, Havdahl: Tantrums trick autism tests

by  /  1 November 2016

Children with low intelligence or behavioral issues — but not autism — may meet the criteria for autism on standard diagnostic tests.

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