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From funding decisions to scientific fraud, a wide range of societal factors shape autism research.

News / Spotted
Week of FebruaryFeb
13th
2017

Editing history; shot talk; catch of the day

by  /  17 February 2017
The Broad Institute can keep its CRISPR patents, Trump’s vaccine safety panel may be back on, and a drug discovered in fish eases seizures in children.
Features / Deep Dive
Photography by Vanessa McKeown

Why don’t we have better drugs for autism?

by  /  15 February 2017
Clinical trials for autism drugs have been plagued with problems: bad design, the wrong measures, too broad a range of participants. All that is finally starting to change.
Opinion / Viewpoint
Jose Sanchez / AP Photo

Why I want to march for science

by  /  14 February 2017
Autism researcher Jonathan Sebat plans to push for policies that rest on empirical evidence and serve the common good.
February 2017
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News

New health secretary could dramatically change U.S. health policy

by ,  /  13 February 2017

The new Health and Human Services secretary could quickly change the course of health policy in the United States, affecting everything from women’s healthcare to tobacco regulation.

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Borrowed brilliance: About half the scientists in the U.S. were born elsewhere.Peter M. Fisher / Getty Images
Opinion / Viewpoint

How Trump’s travel ban can upend lives of scientists like me

by  /  10 February 2017

The ban could uproot the lives of many researchers in the United States and slow scientific progress not just in the U.S., but across the world.

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Week of FebruaryFeb
6th
2017
News / Spotted

Breaking ground; racial divide; brain candy

by  /  10 February 2017

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology is opening a new center for autism research, African-American people with autism face unique challenges, and a colorful video lights up nerve tracts in the brain.

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Health and Human Services Secretary-designate, Rep. Tom Price, R-Ga., testifying on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., 24 January 2017, at his confirmation hearing before the Senate Finance Committee.  Andrew Harnik / AP Photo
News

Trading controversy dogs health secretary nominee Tom Price

by , ,  /  9 February 2017

U.S. Health and Human Services secretary nominee Tom Price showed little restraint in his personal stock trading, despite the fact that a House committee he was on was under investigation.

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Illustration by Sam Chivers
Opinion / Q&A

Questions for Daniel Geschwind: Making autism studies diverse

by  /  7 February 2017

A team of researchers is stepping out of the lab and into the community to recruit African-Americans for studies on the genetics of autism.

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Features / Webinars

Webinar: David Mandell explores healthcare, education and autism

29 March 2017

Reserve your spot for this webinar. Register now.

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News

Pick for U.S. education secretary rankles autism community

by  /  7 February 2017

Autism researchers and advocates alike are sounding the alarm about Betsy DeVos, President Donald Trump’s pick for U.S. secretary of education.

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Vanessa Ramirez was diagnosed with ovarian cancer while in college. Now her entire family has healthcare because of the Affordable Care Act. Will Stone / KJZZ
News

Obamacare repeal could spell healthcare loss for Arizona children

by ,  /  3 February 2017

The Affordable Care Act brought coverage to thousands of children in a state that had one of the highest rates of uninsured minors in the United States.

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News

New autism diagnoses shifting toward mild end of spectrum

by  /  2 February 2017

Although the number of people diagnosed with autism is on the rise, the proportion with severe features has dropped since 2000.

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Kaiser Permanente fined $2.5 million for missing Medicaid data

by ,  /  1 February 2017

The California Department of Health Care Services says this was the first fine imposed against one of its Medicaid managed care plans since at least 2000.

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