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

Spotted around the web: Week of 30 December 2019

by  /  3 January 2020

December 30th

Research roundup

  • Autistic adolescents and young adults have many opportunities — but limited capacity — to develop skills such as decision-making and self-advocacy, caregivers report. Autism
  • Identical twins with autism may differ in the severity of their traits, suggesting the condition can be modified by environmental factors. Behavior Genetics
  •  Psychologists often modify anxiety treatments for their autistic clients and view typical anxiety screens as insufficient. Research in Autism Spectrum Disorders
  • Magnetic resonance imaging identifies differences in cell density, energy use and inflammation in the brains of autistic versus typical people. Biological Psychiatry
  • Transgender adults with autism have unusually high odds of depression and anxiety. Research in Autism Spectrum Disorders

Science and society

  • A Richmond, Virginia, hospital has created sensory-friendly pediatric rooms in its emergency department. WSET
  • A new policy statement from the American Academy of Pediatrics warns against using gluten-free or casein-free diets to treat autistic children. PhillyVoice
  • Many people who are diagnosed with autism in middle age say they feel a sense of relief at having an explanation for why they always felt different. BBC News
  • A controversial saliva test for autism has become available in the United States but is not yet covered by insurance.

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