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In DSM-5, guidance on girls with autism is short but savvy

by  /  9 May 2018

The DSM-5 acknowledges how gender shapes autism more than any previous diagnostic manual has, but it’s time to fold in a few new findings.

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Europe’s new law on data privacy could stifle science

by  /  8 May 2018
A new law’s increased protections on privacy are likely to make research projects involving big data less efficient, more complex and more difficult to reproduce.
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Autism genes assign starring role to support cells in brain

by  /  24 April 2018
Genes linked to autism are critical to the development of star-shaped brain cells called astrocytes, suggesting a key role for the cells in the condition.
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Autism genes assign starring role to support cells in brain

by  /  24 April 2018
Genes linked to autism are critical to the development of star-shaped brain cells called astrocytes, suggesting a key role for the cells in the condition.

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Narrowing of ‘autism’ in DSM-5 runs counter to idea of broad spectrum

by ,  /  9 May 2018

The strict definition of autism in the latest version of the diagnostic manual is antithetical to the idea that autism comes in a wide variety of forms.

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The DSM-5 has not improved services for autistic adults

by  /  9 May 2018

Since the DSM-5’s debut, schoolchildren have gained stronger legal rights and better opportunities for accessing services; for adults, it’s a different story.

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Intellectual disability’s introduction in the DSM-5: What’s the impact?

by  /  9 May 2018

The move to replace ‘mental retardation’ with ‘intellectual disability’ is widely accepted, but little data exist on the impact of this change.

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Few people mourn Asperger syndrome’s loss from diagnostic manuals

by  /  9 May 2018

Our concept of autism has evolved over the past 20 years, rendering redundant the diagnostic labels of Asperger syndrome and pervasive developmental disorder-not otherwise specified.

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Autism meeting evolves to address needs of people on the spectrum

by  /  1 May 2018

The annual meeting of International Society for Autism Research has aligned its offerings with the priorities of people with autism and their families.

Opinion / Columnists / Connecting matters

Why no one needs a diagnosis of ‘social communication disorder’

by  /  17 April 2018

A diagnosis of social communication disorder only keeps people from a community and resources they desperately want and need.

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For accurate results in autism, genetic databases need diversity

by ,  /  10 April 2018

We must diversify databases of reference DNA to improve our ability to interpret the consequences of genetic variation.

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How to break new ground in the search for autism biomarkers

by  /  3 April 2018

A large dataset that catalogs the features of many brain conditions could transform the quest for biomarkers of autism.

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Explaining ‘resilience’ in autism may seed new therapies

by  /  27 March 2018

Some individuals who have autism mutations show no signs of the condition; understanding why may lead to treatments.

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How variability among mouse strains can aid autism research

by  /  21 March 2018

Researchers can convert the distinct genetic backgrounds of lab mice from a problem to an advantage, exploiting the differences to advance our understanding of autism.

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