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Live blogging the autism hearing

May 20th, 2014 · 14 Comments · Easy marks, Research

Tweet 8:07 am – They dropped the epidemic reference. The hearing is now called “Examining the federal response to autism spectrum disorders.” Rep. John Mica (R-FL) is the chair, instead of Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Arson). The purpose of the hearing is to examine federal spending on autism related research and services. Congressman Gerry Connolly (D-VA) […]

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CDC reports 1:68 prevalence for
autism spectrum disorders

March 27th, 2014 · 1 Comment · Research

Tweet The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that 1 in 68 children (or 14.7 per 1,000 eight-year-olds) in multiple communities in the United States has been identified with autism spectrum disorder (ASD).  This new estimate is roughly 30 percent higher than previous estimates reported in 2012 of 1 in 88 children (11.3 per […]

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To reporters on the eve of Autism Awareness Month

March 24th, 2014 · 11 Comments · Critical thinking, Research

Tweet April is Autism Awareness Month, when the words “Somebody get me an autism story” can be heard in newsrooms across the country. Some reporters will answer the call with factually accurate, nuanced, informative pieces that add value to the public’s store of knowledge. Others will just phone in their reports, literally and figuratively. And […]

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About that DSM 5 story

January 24th, 2012 · 8 Comments · Easy marks, Research

Tweet The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM) is sometimes called the Bible of modern psychiatry. First published in 1952 as DSM I, the reference book lays out the diagnostic criteria for most psychiatric conditions and illnesses. The current DSM IV was published in 1994, then revised in 2000. And now it’s due for a rewrite. […]

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New research method finds autism
more common than previously estimated

May 9th, 2011 · 2 Comments · Kudos, Research

Tweet New research published today in the American Journal of Psychiatry shows a 1:38 autism prevalence in South Korea – more than twice what was found in a much quoted but less rigorous 2006 CDC study. Two-thirds of the Korean children diagnosed with an ASD had no previous diagnosis, and were attending mainstream schools with […]

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Why is peer review important?

November 12th, 2007 · 10 Comments · Research

Tweet A belated response to ANB reader Joanna who asks about peer review. Hat tip to ANB reader Ms. Clark, who points us to senseaboutscience.org . SUMMARY Science has a system for assessing the quality of research before it is published. This system is called peer review. Peer review means that other scientific experts in […]

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