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Spotted around the web: Autistic women, joint attention, prenatal vitamins

by ,  /  3 September 2021

August 30th

Research roundup

  • How well parents understand information about autism influences their use of health services and medications for their autistic children. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders
  • Adolescents on the spectrum engage in more health-risky behaviors, such as aggression or self-injury, than their non-autistic peers, according to a study in China. World Journal of Clinical Cases
  • Autistic women have different communication strengths and weaknesses compared with autistic men and non-autistic women. Frontiers in Psychology
  • The experimental drug blarcamesine, which is in clinical trials for Alzheimer’s disease and Rett syndrome, reversed some behavioral changes observed in a mouse model of fragile X syndrome. Scientific Reports
  • Mice missing the autism-linked SHANK2 gene have social deficits, which seem to depend on a specific neuronal pathway involving gap junctions and NMDA receptors. Nature Communications
  • Joint attention, the ability to follow someone else’s focus, seems to be linked to intelligence in autistic children. Autism Research
  • In-depth analysis of previous studies finds only weak evidence that prenatal vitamins lower the chances of having a child with autism. Nutrients

Science and society

  • Autistic psychologist Wenn Lawson has written a remembrance of his colleague Dinah Murray, an autistic researcher who died last month. Autism
  • An autistic researcher describes how virtual platforms free her from the overwhelming aspects of face-to-face conversations, such as eye contact, body language and sensory stimuli. Nature

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