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Autism research, research blogging and tweeting and health science stuff
Autism research, research blogging and tweeting and health science stuff

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"Prenatal Tdap vaccination was not associated with an increased ASD risk"
The findings published by Tracy Becerra-Culqui and colleagues [1] reporting on a lack of any significant association between exposure to  tetanus, diphtheria, acellular pertussis (Tdap) vaccination during pregnancy and subsequent risk of autism spectrum d...
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"Many people with autism could be homeless": conflating a diagnosis of autism with significant proxy-reported autistic traits
Here I go again. Taking issue with a media headline seemingly designed to grab attention and clicks: " Many people with autism could be homeless . " And how said headline doesn't quite match up with the findings of a study upon which it is supposed to be ba...
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Robot-mediated intervention and autism: fun but is it genersalisable?
For any Sci-Fi fan like me, mention of the word 'robot' conjures up various iconic images. Outside of the obvious , you have lovable robots like Twiki from the 1980s film/series that was Buck Rogers in the 25th Century . You also have the not-so-lovable rob...
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Even more on wandering and autism
I don't know if it's just me being more attentive but I seem to be more regularly seeing media reports of children and adults diagnosed with autism or autism spectrum disorder (ASD) wandering from their family/caregiver home or other place. Some of these me...
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"aggressive behaviour is not a choice for children with autism": a legal decision with implications...
The quote heading this post - " aggressive behaviour is not a choice for children with autism " - reflects a legal ruling rather than a piece of peer-reviewed research that more typically appears on this blog. The ruling, which was reported in several media...
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On the question of suicide risk and chronic fatigue syndrome / myalgic encephalomyelitis continued
The paper by Andrew Devendorf and colleagues [1] brought me back to a complicated and sensitive topic previously discussed on this blog ( see here ) regarding the issue of suicide risk in the context of  myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome (M...
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Autistic traits carrying a 'cognitive cost' into old age?
I don't think anyone should be too alarmed at the findings reported by Gavin Stewart and colleagues [1]. But their observation that " autism traits as measured by the BAPQ [ Broad Autism Phenotype Questionnaire ]  may confer additional risk of cognitive dec...
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Participatory research in autism: some good ideas but who gets to participate?
I was genuinely pleased to read the article published by Sue Fletcher-Watson and colleagues [1] talking about how the incorporation of views and opinions from people with autism / autistic people can hopefully improve the relationship between autism researc...
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"Risk markers for suicidality" and autism: masking or insight as a feature?
The findings reported by Sarah Cassidy and colleagues [1] continue an important research theme in relation to risk of suicide and autism ( see here ). The value-added bit to their research on this occasion was the observation that " there are unique factors...
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On postpartum paracetamol metabolites and risk of offspring ADHD: details matter
The findings reported by Yuelong Ji and colleagues [1] provide the blogging fodder today, as once again the topic of acetaminophen (a.k.a paracetamol) use during pregnancy and offspring risk of  attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is in the spot...
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