Spotted on the web: Autistic women, joint care, prenatal vitamins | Spectrum

Overview of research

  • Parents’ understanding of information about autism influences their use of health services and medications for their children with autism. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders
  • Teens on the spectrum engage in more unhealthy behaviors, such as aggression or self-harm, than their non-autistic peers, according to a study in China. Global Journal of Clinical Cases
  • Women with autism have different communication strengths and weaknesses compared to men with autism and women without autism. Frontiers in Psychology
  • The experimental drug Blarcamesine, which is in clinical trials for Alzheimer’s disease and Rett syndrome, reversed some behavioral changes seen in a mouse model of fragile X syndrome. Scientific reports
  • Mice lacking the autism-related SHANK2 gene exhibit social deficits, which appear to depend on a specific neural pathway involving gap junctions and NMDA receptors. Nature Communication
  • Joint attention, the ability to follow someone else’s attention, appears to be linked to intelligence in children with autism. Autism research
  • An in-depth analysis of previous studies finds only weak evidence that prenatal vitamins reduce the chances of having a child with autism. Nutrients

Science and society

  • Autistic psychologist Wenn Lawson wrote a recollection of her colleague Dinah Murray, an autistic researcher who died last month. Autism
  • An autistic researcher describes how virtual platforms free her from overwhelming aspects of face-to-face conversations, such as eye contact, body language and sensory stimuli. Nature

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