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Expert opinions on trends and controversies in autism research.

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December 2015

Call to update standards for publishing autism research

by  /  1 December 2015

Autism researchers should take steps to communicate their findings before, during and after publication of the paper.

November 2015

Measures of success for adults with autism need to mature

by  /  17 November 2015

As children with autism grow into adults, the challenge is in measuring the skills that matter most in their daily lives.


Learning when to treat repetitive behaviors in autism

by ,  /  10 November 2015

Some restricted and repetitive behaviors may have hidden benefits for people with autism, so scientists should work to find a happy medium between acceptance and change.

October 2015

Brains of girls, boys may mark distinct paths to autism

by  /  19 October 2015

Differences between the brains of men and women with autism may help explain why men are more susceptible to the condition and women appear to be protected from it.


Girls with autism may stop eating to blunt social pain

by  /  19 October 2015

Anorexia sometimes accompanies autism in girls. Refusing food may mute the confusing array of stimuli that is particularly difficult for a girl with autism to handle.


In search of factors that shield girls against autism

by  /  19 October 2015

Identifying the factors that protect girls from autism may help us understand and possibly treat the disorder.


Mother-son duo with autism bond through their differences

by  /  19 October 2015

It took me a while to see that my son had autism. Only then did I recognize the autism in myself.


Male slant to research may skew autism’s reported sex ratio

by  /  19 October 2015

Clinicians may need to go beyond the ‘masks’ to find autism in women.


Linking autism, sex, gender and prenatal hormones

by  /  19 October 2015

Elevated levels of fetal sex steroid hormones such as testosterone may explain many of autism’s unique features.


By chemically tagging genes, sex hormones shape brain

by ,  /  19 October 2015

The environment’s influence on gene expression can vary by sex and affect autism’s expression.


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