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Spotted around the web: Week of 23 September 2019

by  /  27 September 2019

September 23rd

Research roundup

Science and society

  • Researchers are trying to devise a diagnosis for people in immediate danger of attempting suicide. Undark
  • Some scientists have failed to get grants on women’s health topics because they did not include male participants. Ozy
  • A Fox News talk-show guest called climate activist Greta Thunberg, who is autistic, “mentally ill,” prompting the TV network to apologize. The Washington Post
  • Years after being diagnosed with anorexia, many women learn that they also have autism. Refinery29
  • Vaccine hesitancy in the United States has been building for decades, arising from a number of disparate groups. The New York Times
  • The U.S. Senate unanimously voted to renew the Autism CARES Act, a $1.8 billion bill to fund autism research and services. Disability Scoop
  • The Developing Human Connectome Project has announced a second release of open-access data, with magnetic resonance images from more than 500 newborns. Developing Human Connectome Project
  • Accepting money from individual donors for science and technology research brings risks along with funding, as recent events at the MIT Media Lab reveal. The Atlantic
  • Babies born by cesarean section may have an elevated risk of autism, but it’s unclear why. The New York Times
  • Google has announced it will prohibit advertising for unproven medical treatments such as stem cell therapies. STAT

Autism and the arts

  • The Brazilian band Lyria has released a music video of “The Rain,” a song inspired by an autistic fan. Ultimate Guitar


  • A new journal, Experimental Results, aims to publish papers reporting incremental findings, replication studies and results that don’t support the hypothesis. Cambridge University Press
  • A select group of scientists offers advice for peer reviewers. Cell

Funding news

  • The U.S. National Institutes of Health has announced six research grants to support early psychosis intervention. National Institutes of Health

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