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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 MarchMar
20th
2017

March madness; catastrophic cuts; embryo ethics

by  /  24 March 2017
Clashing visions for the March for Science are muddying the event’s message, biomedical funding cuts do not put America first, and a rule restricting research on human embryos needs a revamp.
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Senate Judiciary Committee member Senator John Kennedy, R-Louisiana, center, talks with Committee Chairman Senator Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, right, and Senator Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., 21 March 2017.  Pablo Martinez Monsivais  / AP Photo

U.S. government plans to probe orphan drug program

by ,  /  23 March 2017
Acting on a request from three influential U.S. senators, the government’s accountability arm confirmed that it will investigate potential abuses of the Orphan Drug Act.
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Copies of President Trump's America First budget at the U.S. Government Printing Office bookstore in Washington, D.C., 16 March 2017. Shawn Thew / Newscom

Proposed cuts to funds for U.S. biomedical research shock scientists

by ,  /  22 March 2017
President Trump’s spending plan — running into opposition from Republicans and Democrats alike — would cut about 20 percent of the roughly $30 billion budget of the U.S. medical research agency.
March 2017
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Opinion / Viewpoint

With tweaks, brains in a dish may yield clear clues to autism

by  /  21 March 2017

‘Mini-brains’ created in a dish may reveal autism’s roots and point to treatments, but they do not yet mirror some critical features of a human brain.

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Week of MarchMar
13th
2017
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Funding free fall; mending mutations; film focus

by  /  17 March 2017

Donald Trump’s budget blueprint calls for considerable cuts to science agencies, CRISPR corrects mutations in human embryos, and a documentary highlights the challenges faced by an adult with autism.

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Three women blinded by experimental stem-cell treatment

by ,  /  16 March 2017

Two of the women mistakenly thought they were participating in a clinical trial, as the procedure was advertised on a government-run clinical trial website.

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Virtual doctor visits may not reduce healthcare spending

by ,  /  13 March 2017

Telehealth services may boost access to care, but they don’t save money, according to a new study.

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Autism experts see benefits to tweaking drug approval process

by  /  13 March 2017

Many researchers oppose unfettered deregulation of the drug approval process, but welcome more relaxed rules for clinical trials.

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Week of MarchMar
6th
2017
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Celebrating women; transplant trouble; amazing images

by  /  10 March 2017

Scientists recognize women’s contributions, ‘autism’ can be a strike against a person awaiting organ transplant, and stunning science snapshots show cells, squid and sections of the brain.

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Senators call for investigation into possible abuses of Orphan Drug Act

by , ,  /  8 March 2017

Building on weeks of mounting pressure to address high prescription drug prices, three influential U.S. senators have asked the government’s accountability arm to probe the orphan drug program for potential misuse.

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Week of FebruaryFeb
27th
2017
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Behavior boost; double data; common interests

by ,  /  3 March 2017

Neuroscientists should not forget that brains have owners, a new genetic database makes its debut, and the intense interests of people with autism offer opportunities.

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Most patient advocacy groups accept funding from pharma

by ,  /  2 March 2017

At least 83 percent of the United States’ largest patient advocacy groups take contributions from the drug industry, and not all of them are transparent about it.

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Spanish-speaking parents face language barrier at pediatrican’s office

by ,  /  1 March 2017

The findings of a new analysis hint that a 2009 state law establishing the right to a medical interpreter is either not being fully enforced or is not being promoted widely enough.

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