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“Most Popular Autism Therapy May Not Work — and May Seriously Harm Patients’ Mental Health”
By Beth Hawkins in The74
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But unless autism research becomes diverse and global at the same time, we will retain the ‘knowledge gap’ between the high-income/English-speaking nations and the rest of the world. — Petrus De Vries

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Research video of a zebrafish larva (zoomed in on the gut) being given glucose.

On the periphery: Thinking ‘outside the brain’ offers new ideas about autism

Neuronal alterations outside the brain may help to explain a host of the condition’s characteristic traits, including sensory changes, gut problems and motor differences.

By Sarah DeWeerdt
13 April 2023 | 20 min read
Coraline with her family at home in Pennsylvania.

The promise of telehealth in autism diagnoses

The COVID-19 pandemic forced a reckoning, in which autism clinicians had to redefine best practices and expand how children are evaluated. The remote assessments they developed may help solve a persistent problem: the long wait families endure to get a diagnosis in the United States.

By Lydia Denworth
15 February 2023 | 22 min read
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Chronicle of a Field Retold: Autism Science in Profile

2022
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Autism by the Numbers: Explaining its Apparent Rise

2021
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Spectrum’s guide to autism 2020

2020
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