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

Spotted around the web: Week of 30 September 2019

by  /  4 October 2019

September 30th

Research roundup

  • In children with tuberous sclerosis complex, those who develop severe epilepsy by age 2 are the most likely to have intellectual disability. Developmental Medicine and Child Neurology
  • A number of genes on 16p11.2, a chromosomal region linked to autism, work together to affect facial bone structure in people, rats and zebrafish. Cell Reports
  • Between the ages of 9 and 12, multiple regions of children’s brains show changes associated with self-regulation. The Journal of Neuroscience
  • Children who have asthma along with anxiety or depression go to the emergency room more often than those who have asthma alone. Pediatrics
  • The genetics underlying psychotic experiences in the general population overlaps with the genetics of psychiatric conditions such as schizophrenia, depression and autism. JAMA Psychiatry
  • Researchers have created images of functional neural networks emerging in zebrafish embryos. Cell
  • Using artificial intelligence and brain imaging during an emotional task may help identify people for whom antidepressants are likely to work. Nature Human Behaviour
  • Transgender and nonbinary autistic children show more signs of anxiety and depression than transgender and binary children without autism. Journal of Clinical Medicine
  • Virtual avatars that provide instructions and feedback may improve learning in children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. Cyberpsychology, Behavior, and Social Networking
  • Researchers have shown how understanding words in context happens in the brain. PNAS
  • The evidence linking antidepressant use with suicide risk is weak; the same is true for the link between women’s use of the drugs and having an autistic child. JAMA Psychiatry

Science and society

  • Greta Thunberg’s autism serves her incredible climate activism, with such attributes as persistence, bluntness and distaste for hypocrisy, author Steve Silberman writes. Vox
  • An autistic student needed a quiet place to work: A Bellingham, Washington, school put his desk in an unused bathroom. The New York Times
  • A commercial form of cannabidiol, Epidyolex, has been approved as a treatment for epilepsy in the United Kingdom, but the National Health Service has refrained from recommending it. BBC
  • ReproducibiliTea, a journal club focusing on open-source science, has spread to 27 universities in eight countries since it started last year. Nature
  • Physician-scientists are crucial to advancing clinical care, but fewer medical students are choosing that path. The New York Times
  • A neuroscientist argues that it is time to quit the nature-versus-nurture debate on observed differences between males and females. Aeon
  • A gene variant that protects against HIV infection does not affect mortality; a paper that reported it does contained errors. STAT
  • A parent of a nonverbal autistic child is weary of the stories about successful autistic people and sensory-friendly spaces. The Guardian
  • Scientists are attempting to make universal-donor cells that can regenerate diseased organs but that skirt problems with immune rejection. Knowable
  • A cannabis compound is in clinical trials as a possible treatment for irritability and repetitive behaviors in autism. CNN

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