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Rising star: Brian Lee pushes the limits of autism epidemiology

by  /  14 October 2021

Brian Lee has transformed the science of linking prenatal experiences to a child’s chances of having autism; his work taps social skills as well as statistical acumen.

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Brain stimulation improves memory in autism mouse models

by  /  15 October 2021
Jolting a bundle of nerve fibers deep in the brain restores learning and memory in mice with mutations of the autism-linked gene CDKL5.
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How traits relate to brain activity may differ between autistic boys, girls

by  /  11 October 2021
Scientists should heed these differences when considering resting-state brain activity as a biomarker for autism, the researchers say.
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Intranasal oxytocin ineffective for autism in large trial

by  /  13 October 2021
The hormone is no better than placebo at boosting social behavior in autistic children, according to a new study, but it may still benefit a subset of people with the condition.

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Despite flurry of findings, doubts dog gut microbes’ role in autism

by  /  19 October 2021

The possibility of microbial treatments for autism has inspired a burst of research and nascent clinical trials, but new research suggests these efforts rest on shaky scientific ground.

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Backlash from autistic community pauses research, exposes communication gaps

by ,  /  18 October 2021

Fallout over two recent studies highlights the potential power of social media to shape science, and the shifting dynamics between researchers and the autistic community.

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Community Newsletter: Conversation analysis, relationship between autism and intellectual disability

by  /  17 October 2021

In this week’s Community Newsletter, we look at a new proof for a method to understand how social interactions are organized and a philosophical thread on polygenic risk scores for autism and intellectual disability.

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Society for Neuroscience reverses refund policy for in-person conference registrants

by  /  11 October 2021

Those who no longer wish to attend the virtual meeting of the Society for Neuroscience (SfN) can request registration fee refunds, SfN announced after a social media outcry.

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Community Newsletter: Twitter on autistic burnout, resting-state research, long-haul publishing

by  /  10 October 2021

In this week’s Community Newsletter, we look at a study that tapped Twitter for insight on autistic burnout, a commentary on giving resting-state research a rest and some reassurance for early-career researchers on how long it takes to publish new work.

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Society for Neuroscience cancels in-person meeting

by , , ,  /  8 October 2021

The decision comes after a Spectrum survey found that most autism researchers did not plan to attend in person.

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Paused Angelman syndrome trial to restart

by  /  7 October 2021

After imposing a pause in November 2020, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has cleared the way for a clinical trial of a gene therapy for Angelman syndrome.

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Missed check-ups, delayed autism diagnoses among low-income children

by  /  6 October 2021

Autistic children from low-income families are diagnosed about eight months later than their wealthier peers, a new analysis of insurance claims in Virginia shows.

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Cancer drug alters autism-like traits in mice

by  /  5 October 2021

A drug that helps promote gene expression reduces repetitive behaviors and improves memory and sociability in a mouse model of autism.

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Precocious neurons may stunt brain growth in rare form of autism

by  /  5 October 2021

The first animal model of MYT1L syndrome suggests that fast-maturing neurons lead to the unusually small brains, social deficits and other traits seen in people with the condition.

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