Special interests can ease anxiety for kids with autism

Activities and topics that really excite kids with autism may help them in social interactions, future employment, and educational opportunities.

Brian Consiglio-Missouri • futurity
Jan. 19, 2021 ~6 min

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Families report benefits of cats for kids with autism

New research suggests cats could be a good fit for children with autism and their families.

Brian Consiglio-Missouri • futurity
Jan. 12, 2021 ~4 min

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Researchers investigate autism spectrum disorder genes

Scientists applied the “Perturb-Seq” method to study dozens of genes that are associated with autism spectrum disorder, identifying how specific cell types in the developing mouse brain are impacted by mutations.

Jessica Lau • harvard
Dec. 2, 2020 ~6 min

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Ingredients in flu vaccine won't hurt you – two pharmacists explain why

Many people object to the added ingredients in vaccines. But pharmacists explain why those fears are unwarranted.

Anne P. Kim, Clinical assistant professor, Washington State University • conversation
Nov. 13, 2020 ~9 min

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Kids with autism tend to visit doctor more before 1

Patterns of doctor and ER visits during a baby's first year may indicate a future diagnosis of autism and/or ADHD, say researchers.

Sarah Avery-Duke • futurity
Oct. 19, 2020 ~6 min

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Telehealth can give parents of kids with autism key early tips

When in-person training is impossible, like during the pandemic, parents of kids with autism can get information via telehealth, researchers say.

Patti Verbanas-Rutgers • futurity
Oct. 8, 2020 ~5 min

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Autistic adults have a higher rate of physical health conditions

Autistic individuals are more likely to have chronic physical health conditions, particularly heart, lung, and diabetic conditions, according to a new study by

Cambridge University News • cambridge
Sept. 10, 2020 ~3 min

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Transgender and gender-diverse individuals are more likely to be autistic and report higher autistic traits

Transgender and gender-diverse adults are three to six times more likely as cisgender adults (individuals whose gender identity corresponds to their sex

Cambridge University News • cambridge
Aug. 7, 2020 ~4 min

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Climate change may exacerbate allergies, autism

"Climate change has worsened respiratory allergic disease and has altered the immune system's tolerance in responding to toxins," says Xue Ming.

Patti Verbanas-Rutgers • futurity
Aug. 6, 2020 ~6 min

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Mapping the brain’s sensory gatekeeper

New analysis could help uncover potential drug targets for attention deficits and sensory hypersensitivity.

Anne Trafton | MIT News Office • mit
July 22, 2020 ~7 min

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