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Spotted around the web: Melatonin trial, striatum activity, CNTNAP2 timing

by  /  2 July 2021

June 28th

Research roundup

  • Mutations in the gene TCF4, which cause a form of autism called Pitt-Hopkins syndrome, may drive changes in brain interneurons. Developmental Neuroscience
  • Defining individualized outcomes for adults with autism, who have a range of abilities and challenges, could aid intervention studies. Autism
  • Pediatricians can help educate autistic teenagers about their own sexuality, including their changing bodies, feelings and behaviors. Pediatrics
  • Melatonin may shorten the time it takes autistic children to fall asleep, according to a randomized, placebo-controlled clinical trial. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders
  • When conversing with a stranger, people on the spectrum may use a suite of camouflaging behaviors. Autism
  • Autistic people appear to show less activation than non-autistic people in the striatum, a brain area that responds to reward. NeuroImage: Clinical
  • Mice lacking the autism-linked gene CNTNAP2 appear to be deficient in time perception. Behavioural Processes
  • Many people on the spectrum dislike talking by phone, preferring email or other written communication. Autism

Science and society

  • A residential facility designed for young adults on the spectrum who are transitioning to college or internships has opened in Worcester, Massachusetts. Worcester Magazine
  • Researchers are wrestling with how to relaunch projects they put on hold because of the COVID-19 pandemic. STAT
  • A proposed California law that would close current loopholes in covering behavioral health treatments for children with autism has earned approval of the state’s Senate Health Committee. Sierra Sun Times

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