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

Spotted around the web: Week of 12 August 2019

by  /  16 August 2019

August 12th

Research roundup

  • Autistic boys and girls show differences in various social skills, including expressive social communication and the ability to interpret social cues. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders
  • Neurotypical people tend to have negative first impressions of both autistic men and women, with men faring worse. Autism Research
  • Researchers have found social-cognition problems and distinguished them from other cognitive abilities in 3- to 5-year-olds with Prader-Willi syndrome. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders
  • Nearly half of applicants for faculty positions at a research university claimed authorship for least one incorrect or unverifiable publication in their curriculum vitae. Journal of Empirical Research on Human Research Ethics
  • In Taiwan, people with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder are at an increased risk of death, particularly from injury, suicide and homicide. JAMA Network Open
  • Jaundice in preterm infants is associated with autism and developmental conditions. Journal of Perinatology
  • Nearly three-quarters of parents of autistic children wish they had more information about genetic testing for their children. Autism Research

Science and society

  • Pittsburgh International Airport has opened a suite of ‘sensory rooms’ for travelers with autism to escape the noise and commotion of the terminal. NPR
  • Scientists across the globe should advocate for their value in solving society’s problems, a Nature editorial argues. Nature
  • A new chapter in biological form and function: Droplets within a cell collect the machinery for gene transcription at specific stretches of DNA. MIT News
  • Researchers have produced magnetic resonance images of the human brain at “unprecedented” resolution. STAT
  • Researchers advocate for open-source hardware and software that can advance the field of behavioral neuroscience. eNeuro
  • The symptoms of many conditions, from heart attacks to asthma, vary over the course of a day, so researchers should develop time-dependent therapies, a group of physicians argues. Science
  • The Chinese government plans to establish an advisory committee to address ethical issues around emerging technologies. Nature
  • A nonprofit called Seeding Labs ships used laboratory equipment from high-income countries to low-income ones. STAT
  • The U.S. agency that oversees independent-living programs for people with disabilities has not done any site visits in five years. The Washington Post

Autism and the arts

  • The North Carolina Symphony has added a sensory-friendly performance to its fall schedule. WRAL

Funding news

  • The hucksterism of for-profit stem cell clinics has undermined funding for research. Nature

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