Data visualizations

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Co-occurring conditions in autistic teens increase with age

The most prevalent conditions include obesity, neurological disorders, anxiety and attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder.

By Calli McMurray
8 August 2023 | 1 min read
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Children with autism and ADHD often have additional mental health conditions

The dual diagnosis frequently co-occurs with anxiety, depression and developmental and language delays.

By Maaisha Osman
10 February 2023 | 2 min read

Spectrum Index: Self-harm hospitalizations, everolimus flops in phase 2 trial

This month’s newsletter also highlights deflated autism prevalence estimates from Shanghai, China.

By Niko McCarty
30 May 2022 | 3 min read
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By the Numbers: Suspensions, unemployment, health checks

This edition plots school suspensions and the unemployment gap for autistic people, and charts outcomes for those who attend regular health checks.

By Niko McCarty
20 May 2022 | 2 min read

Spectrum Index: Dip in autism screening, null cancer risk, therapist surge

This month’s newsletter looks at a decline in well-child visits during the coronavirus pandemic, the autism-cancer connection and the sizeable fraction of autistic children who live in poverty.

By Niko McCarty
28 April 2022 | 2 min read
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Access to Medicaid waivers varies with race, age, region

Black and Hispanic people with autism in North Carolina are 15 and 37 percent less likely, respectively, to receive a Medicaid waiver than their white counterparts are.

By Rebecca Sohn
22 April 2022 | 2 min read
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By the Numbers: Services cliff, hospital costs, co-occurring ADHD

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.

By Niko McCarty
14 April 2022 | 1 min read

Spectrum Index: Rare genetic diagnoses, obesity odds, violence against children

This month’s newsletter looks at the minority of autistic people who have an identifiable genetic cause for their condition, and at the fraction of autistic children who are obese.

By Niko McCarty
31 March 2022 | 3 min read
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By the Numbers: Mental health diagnoses, melatonin-tied polypharmacy, journal gender gap

This edition of By the Numbers plots the rising rates of mental health conditions over the past 50 years, prescribing patterns in New Zealand and the gender gap among neuroscience journal editors.

By Niko McCarty
16 March 2022 | 1 min read
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Health-care barriers prevent many autistic people from seeking medical treatment

In an online survey, autistic people reported that they often have trouble using the telephone to make medical appointments and experience sensory overload in waiting rooms, among other health care barriers.

By Niko McCarty
10 March 2022 | 2 min read

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Newly found circuit through visual cortex powers first look at faces

The superior colliculus, an evolutionarily ancient brain area responsible for eye movements, responds to faces before the canonical face areas do, a study of macaque monkeys suggests.

By Olivia Gieger
19 July 2024 | 5 min read

Brain organoid size matches intensity of social problems in autistic people

Overgrown organoids could point to mechanisms underlying profound autism.

By Holly Barker
18 July 2024 | 5 min read

Persistent protein pairing enables memories to last

The complex of two memory proteins, rather than the individual molecules acting independently, underlie month-long memories in mice, a new study suggests.

By Elissa Welle
17 July 2024 | 5 min read