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Spectrum: Autism Research News


July 2016
Week of JulyJul

Acetaminophen risks; imaging failures; autism on TV

by  /  8 July 2016

A study links acetaminophen use to autism, scientists find a flaw in brain imaging software, and a television show about autism is set to premiere next week.

June 2016

Psychiatric problems common in siblings of people with autism

by  /  23 June 2016

Mental health conditions crop up more than twice as often in families that include a child with autism as in the general population.

Animation: A woman holding a crying baby stands on a busy street corner. Around her, there are cars driving, people walking, a bustling city.

Talking sense: What sensory processing disorder says about autism

by  /  1 June 2016

Some children are highly sensitive to sound, sight or touch, whereas others seem almost numb. Exploring the differences may offer insights into autism.

May 2016
Week of MayMay

Tissue tussle; adult inattention; printed hand

by  /  27 May 2016

Proposed changes to federal ethics rules spark concerns among researchers, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder may be different in adults, and an artist plans to print a three-dimensional hand using stem cells.


Atlas of brain connectivity can flag attention problems

by  /  18 May 2016

A new set of charts shows how brain connections can change as children grow, and can serve as a reference for detecting problems with attention.


New tool lets cognitive skills guide autism treatment

by  /  14 May 2016

A new algorithm relies on abilities rather than diagnoses to steer clinicians toward personalized treatments for autism and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.

April 2016

Mouse study links gene to some autism symptoms

by  /  22 April 2016

Mice missing a gene called PTCHD1 in a deep-seated brain structure have autism-like symptoms that ease with treatment.

March 2016
Man and woman walking hand-in-hand.

People with autism prefer partners on the spectrum

by  /  28 March 2016

Individuals who have autism or another psychiatric condition tend to pair up with others who share their diagnosis.


Clinical acumen key in discerning autism, attention deficit

by  /  4 March 2016

A widely used diagnostic test for autism can reliably distinguish the condition from attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, but not always.

October 2015

Attention deficit may mask autism, delay diagnosis

by  /  26 October 2015

Children who have both attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and autism receive their autism diagnosis an average of four years later than those who have autism alone.