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Tag: funding

December 2017
Week of DecemberDec

Research priorities; adult reading; prevalence update and more

by  /  22 December 2017

The advocacy organization Autism Speaks releases its three-year strategic research plan, a new autism journal is slated for 2019, and updated U.S. developmental disability prevalence numbers are published.

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Alabama to drop thousands of children from health insurance New Year’s Day

by ,  /  20 December 2017

Alabama plans to drop 7,000 children from coverage on New Year’s Day, the first step to shutting down coverage for everyone, as the result of U.S. Congress’ failure to restore federal funding of the Children’s Health Insurance Program.

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U.S. tax bill includes sweeping changes to healthcare

by ,  /  1 December 2017

Having failed to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, Congress is now working on a tax overhaul for the United States — which could also have major effects on health policy.

Week of NovemberNov

Gaze anxieties; college considerations; social chemistry and more

by  /  1 December 2017

Adults on the spectrum explain the problem with eye contact, experts offer tips for students with autism considering college, and men with autism respond differently to the “smell of fear.”

November 2017
female lab scientist experimenting in cluttered space

U.S. tax bill’s stance on graduate education rattles researchers

by  /  22 November 2017

The tax reform bill passed by the U.S. House of Representatives dramatically boosts the amount of money graduate students would have to pay in taxes.

Week of NovemberNov

Adult assessment; fragile therapy; neuron nirvana and more

by  /  17 November 2017

An interview for diagnosing adults on the spectrum clears its first hurdle, a fragile X drug eases multiple features of the syndrome in a mouse model, and a brain bank chronicles the beautiful diversity of neurons.


Why it’s difficult to study sleep in autism

13 November 2017

Five scientists describe the biggest challenges they face in solving sleep problems in people with autism.

Week of OctoberOct

Gene-editing gadgetry; intelligence trajectories; research reset and more

by  /  3 November 2017

Two new gadgets join the gene-editing toolbox, many children with autism get smarter with age, and a survey points to a research reset for Autism Speaks.

October 2017
Doctors preparing a patient for an operation

U.S. Congress fails to extend funding for children’s coverage

by ,  /  20 October 2017

Until Congress renews CHIP, states are cut off from additional federal funding that helps lower- and middle-income families.

Illustration of a room full of people napping, with a magnifying glass on one person who cannot fall asleep.

Divided autism community bonds over need to study sleep

by  /  17 October 2017

Autism researchers and funding agencies should turn their attention to sleep in autism — and its many connections to health, mood and behavior.

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