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Spotted A roundup of autism papers and media mentions you may have missed.

Spotted around the web: Brain coordination, SCN1A seizures, fetal tissue research

by  /  23 April 2021

April 19th

Research roundup

  • Autistic people show less synchrony of neural activity during face-to-face conversation than non-autistic people. Autism Research
  • Inhibitory interneurons seem to mediate heat-induced seizures in mice with mutations in the autism-linked SCN1A gene. eNeuro
  • Rhesus macaques with low sociability have high rates of traumatic injury — which may reflect bullying. Autism Research
  • Genetic analysis of traits associated with psychiatric diagnoses may reveal relationships between conditions such as autism and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. The Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry
  • Most genetic variants observed in a sample of people with intellectual disability in Finland occur spontaneously, consistent with findings in other populations. Human Genetics
  • Autistic adults with depression — especially women and those with fewer depressive symptoms — generally say their current treatment is helpful, according to a survey. Autism Research
  • Over the past 120 years, the percentage of U.S. physicians who are Black has increased only from 1.3 percent to 5.4 percent. Journal of General Internal Medicine
  • Some psychiatrists argue that ‘sluggish cognitive tempo’ should be an official diagnosis, distinct from a form of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. STAT
  • Some 5- to 6-year-olds with autism have atypical brain wave activity while engaged in an executive control task. Biological Psychiatry: Cognitive Neuroscience and Neuroimaging
  • A relationship between affective touch and temporal lobe activity appears to be largely absent in autistic adolescents. Translational Psychiatry

Science and society

  • Black people and other people of color are often excluded from workplace efforts to hire neurodiverse employees. Forbes
  • The Biden administration has lifted restrictions on fetal tissue research, which includes studies on a broad range of medical conditions. The New York Times

    Ban revoked: Researchers are now allowed to use fetal tissue in experiments.

    Patrick Semansky / Associated Press

  • Two members of the U.S.-based National Academy of Sciences face possible expulsion because of documented sexual harassment behavior. Science
  • An autism advocate says learning that she carried a known genetic variant associated with autism felt profound. CNN

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