Community Newsletter: Families in Crisis; mystery of genetics; health determinants | Spectrum

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We are in crisis. People wait years to get the autism # services they need. Families are suffering, “he tweeted Sarabeth Broder-Fingertassociate professor of pediatrics at the University of Massachusetts Chan Medical School in Worcester this week.

The problem, he explains in an Research on Autism comment, is that “the long waiting lists for diagnostic evaluations and the limited skilled workforce have created substantial delays.” As a solution, he proposes an approach in which pediatric primary care physicians “can rule out or rule out autism in children, for whom the diagnosis is clear, and subject more complex cases to specialist evaluations.”

To enable children to quickly access the services they need, Ashley Darcy-Mahoneydirector of childhood research at the Autism and Neurodevelopmental Disorders Institute at George Washington University in Washington, DC, also proposed “to include PNP, Psych Mental Health NP and some of the work did it with Welcome visits. “

Helen Tager-Flusbergdirector of Boston University’s Center for Autism Research Excellence, tweeted that it’s “so important change our system now and prevent delays for future children and families “.

The next thread sheds light on a mysterious genetic region linked to autism.

“Both common and rare genetic variants are relevant to autism. But are they? biologically converging? ” Dan Weinera graduate student at Harvard University asked in a thread describing his and his colleagues’ news paper in Genetics of naturewhich Spectrum covered a preprint of in a previous one Community newsletter.

The team found that the short arm of chromosome 16 (which contains the 16p11.2 region, home to several autism-related copy number variations) hosts “the largest excess of common polygenic influences in autism.” The findings tell a “story of unexpected convergence to 16p, a longstanding region of mystery in autism research,” according to Weiner.

Turning to the study of different types of regions, an analysis in Child and adolescent health Lancet of the school data of over 7 million students studied “the incidence of autism in England as a function of geography and sociodemography”.

“New card out! Let’s analyze social determinants of health on the incidence of #autism, “tweeted the study’s author Andres Roman-Urrestarazu, Director of Studies in Psychology and Behavioral Sciences at the University of Cambridge in England. “We found that the odds of being diagnosed with #autism go up to 1664% in England due to ethnic, sexual and socioeconomic deprivation.”

“These results are consistent with previous studies in the US – see Peter Bearman’s CA studies, ”Tager-Flusberg tweeted.

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