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February 2020
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Verbal ability may predict age at autism diagnosis

by  /  20 February 2020

Girls with autism are diagnosed 1.5 years later, on average, than boys with the condition, perhaps because they tend to have stronger verbal skills.

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Striatum, the brain’s reward hub, may drive core autism traits

by  /  17 February 2020

Associated primarily with its role in movement, the striatum may also influence the social difficulties of autistic people.

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Intelligence, behavior shape adulthood for people with autism

by  /  14 February 2020

Adults with autism vary enormously in their quality of life, and two factors may explain most of this variation.

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Breathing may scramble brain scans used in autism research

by  /  13 February 2020

Autism researchers who use brain scans may not be accounting for the head motion caused by study participants’ breathing.

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Map of fly brain lights up millions of connections

by  /  12 February 2020

A new wiring diagram of the fruit fly brain is the most complex ever created.

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Sponsors of clinical trials may report data late or never

by  /  10 February 2020

Many clinical trials, including those related to autism, do not report their results within a year of their completion.

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Autism has no impact on family size in Sweden

by  /  7 February 2020

New data challenge the idea that parents of autistic children refrain from having more children.

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Sleep problems in autism, explained

by  /  6 February 2020

Many people with autism have difficulty falling and staying asleep, but there may be ways to help them.

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Increase in intelligence scores may not alter autism traits

by  /  4 February 2020

People with autism show significant improvements in cognitive ability from age 12 to 23 years, but their autism traits remain stable over this time.

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Analysis offers first reliable estimate of prevalence in Oman

by  /  3 February 2020

A new study has found that 0.2 percent of children in Oman are on the autism spectrum — an estimate about 15 times higher than the previous one.

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