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March 2016
Alberto Ruggieri
Opinion / Q&A

Questions for Thomas Bourgeron: In search of ‘second hits’

by  /  1 March 2016

Taking a close look at people who have a mutation in a known autism gene may reveal why these people often have vastly different characteristics.

February 2016
Julia Yellow
Opinion / Q&A

Questions for Fruhling Rijsdijk: Tapping twins for autism

by  /  9 February 2016

Studying large numbers of fraternal and identical twins may help tease apart genetic and environmental contributors to autism.

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Give and take: Chimp chums unwittingly circulate microbes that keep them healthy. © / curioustiger
Opinion / Q&A

Questions for Moeller, Ochman: Going ape over the microbiome

by  /  2 February 2016

Social interactions shape the bustling communities of gut bacteria in chimpanzees.

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December 2015
Oksana Grivina
Opinion / Q&A

Questions for Amaral, Halladay: Boosting brainpower

by  /  15 December 2015

A new network of brain banks aims to collect and disburse tissue donations to U.S. autism researchers.

Life history:  Following a child’s development from before birth through adulthood yields the most complete picture of how the environment influences health. 
© /  Bodler
Opinion / Q&A

Questions for Lisa Croen: How to design children’s studies

by  /  8 December 2015

Inviting families to participate in studies in the context of their clinical care may help mitigate the logistical challenges of long-term studies.

November 2015
Play connection: Children with autism who feel socially isolated may have few opportunities for active play, causing them to gain weight.© / dolgachov
Opinion / Q&A

Questions for Alison Hill: Understanding obesity in autism

by  /  24 November 2015

Children with autism are more likely to be overweight or obese than their peers, but it’s unclear why, or what doctors should do about it.

Julia Yellow
Opinion / Q&A

Questions for Stephen Blumberg: Tracking autism’s transience

by  /  3 November 2015

Roughly 13 percent of children with autism eventually lose their diagnosis, either because they outgrow it or because they never had autism to begin with.

October 2015
United network: Researchers from 37 countries in the European Union are working together to advance clinical trials in autism.
Opinion / Q&A

Questions for Will Spooren: Paving a path to autism drugs

by  /  13 October 2015

A European initiative that aims to provide a framework for clinical trials in autism has developed tools to track treatment responses.

September 2015
Making waves: Brain activity patterns could signal whether a child with autism is responding to a treatment.
© fotografixx
Opinion / Q&A

Questions for James McPartland: Biomarkers for better trials

by  /  22 September 2015

A $28 million initiative aims to develop objective tools for tracking social skills in children with autism. The initiative’s leader outlines its approach.

July 2015
Sibling rivalry: Labeling a child as a ‘baby sib’ for research purposes might affect how parents interact with him, cautions ethicist Ilina Singh.
Opinion / Q&A

Questions for Ilina Singh: Ethics of ‘baby sib’ studies

by  /  14 July 2015

Researchers are studying the infant siblings of children with autism, with hopes of improving the disorder’s diagnosis and treatment. They need to recognize the risks of these ‘baby sib’ studies, cautions ethicist Ilina Singh.


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