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January 2022
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Community Newsletter: Race reporting, benchmarking, chandelier cells

by  /  30 January 2022

This week’s Community Newsletter takes up tweets about how often autism intervention research fails to report participants’ race and ethnicity, benchmarks for effect sizes and mapping chandelier cells in the mouse visual cortex.

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Population study downgrades some copy number variants’ impact on autism

by  /  28 January 2022

Some copy number variants may boost a person’s chances of having autism, but to a lesser extent than previously thought.

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Loss of autism-linked gene alters synapse development in mice

by  /  25 January 2022

Mice missing a copy of the gene ASH1L have excess synapses and autism-like behavioral differences, some of which are reversed by boosting an ASH1L-regulated gene.

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Growth factor analogue shows promise for Rett syndrome in late-stage trial

by  /  25 January 2022

Girls and young women with Rett syndrome have less severe anxiety and breathing problems after treatment with trofinetide, an analogue of insulin-like growth factor 1, according to an unpublished placebo-controlled trial.

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Researchers retract study of an immune effect on synapse development

by  /  24 January 2022

A failed replication and other problems led autism researcher Beth Stevens and her co-investigator to retract the nearly 10-year-old report.

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Community Newsletter: Upcoming webinars, participatory research resources, research reactions

by  /  23 January 2022

In this week’s newsletter, we feature tweets about the Lancet Commission, a new initiative from the International Society for Autism Research, a highlighted paper about the link between autism and the microbiome, and reactions to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s decision to acknowledge a hair-based autism test.

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Why was a study about autism cited by a paper on plant beauty?

by  /  21 January 2022

Autism studies are appearing in the reference lists of entirely unrelated papers, suggesting what a few scholars worry is a plot to manipulate citations.

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By the Numbers: Unequal ABA access, autism incidence by insurance type, criminal charges counts

by  /  20 January 2022

In this edition of By the Numbers, we discuss geographic disparities in access to behavior therapy, autism incidence among the privately or publicly insured and the rarity of criminal charges against autistic people in New Zealand.

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Oxytocin alters brain activity to boost sociability in mice missing autism gene

by  /  20 January 2022

Infusions of the hormone oxytocin may make mice that model autism more social by normalizing their brain activity patterns.

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Autism comorbidities reflect racial, ethnic disparities

by  /  19 January 2022

Autistic people from historically marginalized races and ethnicities are more likely than their white peers to be diagnosed with accompanying health conditions.

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