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

December 2017
Features / Deep Dive

Why autism remains hidden in Africa

by  /  13 December 2017

Many African children with autism are hidden away at home — sometimes tied up, almost always undiagnosed. Efforts to bring the condition into the open are only just beginning.

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Opinion / Q&A

How family perspectives could improve clinical trials

by  /  12 December 2017

Asking people with autism and their families about the challenges they face could help researchers test treatments for the condition.

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Week of DecemberDec
4th
2017
News / Spotted

Pruning protein; cultural connection; cannabis consent and more

by  /  8 December 2017

A pruning protein reshapes neurons, culture should be a consideration in trials of autism treatments, and another U.S. state adds autism to the list of indications for medical cannabis.

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News

Anxiety may heighten social communication challenges in autism

by  /  6 December 2017

Anxiety may exacerbate social communication problems in children with autism — and not the other way around.

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Features / Webinars

Webinar: Mayada Elsabbagh discusses autism research on global stage

28 February 2018

Register for the next Spectrum webinar, featuring Mayada Elsabbagh, who will discuss autism research in an international context.

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Opinion / Reviews

Review: ‘Uncommon Sense’ exquisitely explores autism’s sensory experiences

by  /  5 December 2017

The play dexterously depicts the struggles — sensory and social — of four characters who occupy distinct places on the autism spectrum.

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News

U.S. tax bill includes sweeping changes to healthcare

by ,  /  1 December 2017

Having failed to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, Congress is now working on a tax overhaul for the United States — which could also have major effects on health policy.

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Week of NovemberNov
27th
2017
News / Spotted

Gaze anxieties; college considerations; social chemistry and more

by  /  1 December 2017

Adults on the spectrum explain the problem with eye contact, experts offer tips for students with autism considering college, and men with autism respond differently to the “smell of fear.”

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November 2017
Features / Deep Dive

Why autism seems to cluster in some immigrant groups

by  /  29 November 2017

Cultural barriers lead clinicians to misdiagnose or miss children with autism in immigrant communities.

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News

The link between parental age and autism, explained

by  /  29 November 2017

Older men and women are more likely than young ones to have a child with autism, but this connection is not straightforward.

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