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

Spotted around the web: Fetal brain scans, autism research funding, phony papers

by  /  2 April 2021

WEEK OF
March 29th

Research roundup

  • Mice exposed to their mother’s immune response in the womb show some behavioral changes as adolescents, but those changes resolve in adulthood. Biological Psychiatry
  • Increased blood levels of certain immune system mediators in pregnant women are associated with autism in their children, according to a population-based case-control study. Molecular Autism
  • Fetal brain scans can reveal lesions related to tuberous sclerosis; more and larger lesions are linked to higher chances of autism. The Journal of Pediatrics

    Fetail brain scans revealing lesions related to tuberous sclerosis.

    Telling lesions: Fetal brain images show signs of tuberous sclerosis complex.

  • An adapted version of the Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule is valid for use in deaf children. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders
  • Autistic people may experience ‘stereotype threat’ in the workplace, conforming to negative expectations of their performance. Employee Relations
  • Mutations in the autism-linked gene NLGN3 may alter neuronal connections and social behaviors in mice, by an unexpected protein-protein interaction. Nature Communications
  • The NIH Toolbox Cognitive Battery may be of limited use with some autistic children, who can have difficulty completing the assessment’s tasks. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders
  • Difficulties with daily-life and communication skills reflect cognitive ability more than trait severity in autistic preschoolers. Autism Research
  • Funding to support research on autism services and lifespan issues has remained low, despite a U.S. federal advisory panel recommendation to prioritize these areas four years ago. Autism
  • Family income and family functioning are associated with autistic children doing well across five developmental domains. JAMA Network Open
  • Autistic children who participate in dog training have shown improvement in their own social and communication skills. Autism
  • Artificial blastocysts, grown from human stem cells, may serve to model the earliest stage of development. Nature

Science and society

  • An advocacy organization is hosting a virtual conference about autism and the Black community, slated for 1 to 4 April. Autism in Black
  • Scientific journals grapple with the growing problem of fake manuscript submissions. Nature
  • An autism-focused magazine has rated U.S. states for how supportive they are of families with autistic children; Colorado, Massachusetts and New Jersey top the list. Autism Parenting Magazine
  • A coronavirus vaccination clinic designed to be sensory-friendly for autistic people has opened at a Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, football stadium. The Philadelphia Inquirer
  • A U.K.-based program to study health outcomes in people with learning disabilities plans to explicitly include autistic people. National Health Executive

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