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

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Week of AprilApr
24th
2017

Senate support; brain boom; spectrum of support

by  /  28 April 2017
Scott Gottlieb is poised to become chief of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, neuroscience research has blossomed over the past decade, and new grants support adults with autism.
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Powerful pledge: Neuroscientist Cori Bargmann leads the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative's science strategy.Beck Diefenbach / Newscom

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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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.
April 2017
Gathering girls: Researchers find more girls with autism when they actively look for them.Westend61 / Getty Images
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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.

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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.

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Troublesome tics: Children who are deprived of sensory stimulation often resort to self-stimulation in the form of repetitive behaviors.Photographs courtesy of Michael Carrol
Opinion / Viewpoint

Romanian orphans reveal clues to origins of autism

by  /  25 April 2017

Understanding autism features in children who were deprived of social contact as infants could offer clues to the condition.

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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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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
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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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Week of AprilApr
17th
2017
News / Spotted

Marching forward; aging workforce; sounding off

by  /  21 April 2017

The March for Science is finally here, the scientific workforce is aging at an alarming rate, and a pint-size podcaster tackles serious science.

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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.

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Week of AprilApr
10th
2017
News / Spotted

Network television; facing forward; warm welcome

by  /  14 April 2017

Researchers captured networks of neurons lighting up in a small aquatic animal, facial recognition software can flag genetic conditions, and a Muppet with autism makes her debut on “Sesame Street.”

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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
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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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