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

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Mayra Del Real, 28, holds her newborn baby at the Eisner’s Women’s Health Center on Thursday, 21 January 2016. Heidi de Marco / KHN

Key provisions could disappear with Affordable Care Act repeal

by , ,  /  17 January 2017
If the ACA is repealed, it could mean loss of coverage for several surprising health provisions, including therapy for children with autism, breast-feeding support for working mothers and assistance with emergency room visits.
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Trumping science; Brexit blowback; baby brains

by  /  13 January 2017
Donald Trump seems to see science through the lens of conspiracy, Brexit may spur an exodus of scientific talent from the United Kingdom, and preterm babies show atypical brain activity before birth.
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Merger aims to create massive repository of medical records

by ,  /  12 January 2017
A merger between nonprofit California Integrated Data Exchange and the Inland Empire Health Information Exchange could lead to the pooling of medical records of 16.7 million people in California.
January 2017
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Opinion / Viewpoint

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.

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Illustration by Pep Boatella
Opinion / Columnists / Life Science

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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2nd
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Family resemblance; accounting for diversity; drug dearth

by  /  6 January 2017

Some women who have children with autism look in the mirror, an accounting firm predicts profit from employees on the spectrum, and 2016 was a slow year for drug approvals.

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Features / Special Reports / 2016: Year in review

Spectrum of color: Our favorite photos from 2016

26 December 2016

Peruse our picks for the best science photos published on Spectrum this year.

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Illustrations by Bee Johnson
Features / Special Reports / 2016: Year in review

From temperature to toys, strange stimuli skew rodent results

26 December 2016

Interpreting mouse and rat behavior is tricky because of the hidden factors that can influence experiments.

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Illustration by Federica Bordoni
Opinion / Viewpoint

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.

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Illustration by Bee Johnson
Features / Special Reports / 2016: Year in review

For autism researchers, mundane moments spark ‘Eureka’ insights

26 December 2016

Autism researchers reflect on the unusual episodes that spawned significant scientific projects.

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19th
2016
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Screening scrutiny; tracking technology; sensitive Santa

by  /  23 December 2016

The jury is still out on autism screening, technology to track wandering children is under attack, and a sensitive Santa Claus sees children on the spectrum.

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

by ,  /  14 December 2016

Heads of federal agencies such as the Department of Health and Human Services have tremendous independent power — which means Tom Price, if confirmed by the Senate, could make sweeping changes to birth control coverage and medicare payment, among other health policies.

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Saving science: Citizens gathered in London in July to protest the passage of Brexit, Britain’s decision to leave the European Union.
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‘Brexit’ threatens collaborations, funding for autism scientists

by  /  12 December 2016

Autism researchers in the United Kingdom fear that the country’s exit from the European Union will cut funding, scare away talent and strain partnerships.

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