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April 2022
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By the Numbers: Services cliff, hospital costs, co-occurring ADHD

by  /  14 April 2022

This edition of By the Numbers maps where the autism services cliff is steepest, plots hospital costs for autistic youth and charts the overlap of ADHD and autism.

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Why autism therapies have an evidence problem

by  /  14 April 2022

Early interventions for autism lack solid data. The source of this problem is murky but may stem from ongoing debates about evidence quality and entrenched conflicts of interest within the field.

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Fruit flies help reveal effects of autism-linked mutations

by  /  13 April 2022

Dozens of rare mutations of unknown effects seen in autistic people cause significant changes to fruit flies, suggesting they are linked to the condition.

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Faulty inhibition foils long-term memory in Rett mice

by  /  11 April 2022

The animals recall fear more readily if a set of inhibitory neurons in the hippocampus is switched on.

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Community Newsletter: Organoid drug screens, intervention overreach, self-advocates’ concerns

by  /  10 April 2022

It’s a mixed bag of ICYMIs from the autism research Twittersphere this week, ranging from separable cell clusters to research concerns of different kinds.

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Week of AprilApr
4th
2022

Spotted around the web: Prevalence, gender identity, autism misconceptions

by  /  8 April 2022

Here is a roundup of news and research for the week of 4 April.

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Autism and menopause: Q&A with Rachel Moseley and Julie Turner-Cobb

by  /  7 April 2022

Menopause poses significant challenges for autistic people, according to a small survey published in 2020 — the first to explore the transition among people with autism traits.

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Biases skew behavioral predictions from brain scans

by  /  6 April 2022

Models trained on datasets that lack racial and ethnic diversity perform less accurately on brain scans from Black Americans than their white counterparts.

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Null and Noteworthy: An ineffective therapy and an effective biomarker

by  /  6 April 2022

In this edition, a strategy to help autistic children adapt their skills to new situations shows no benefit, but an early-life autism biomarker does.

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Altering metabolic pathway spurs neuronal, behavioral changes in mice

by  /  5 April 2022

Overexpressing genes involved in the pathway, which regulates protein quality, changes repetitive behaviors in the animals.

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