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Tag: Asperger syndrome

February 2015

A curious experience

by  /  10 February 2015

The acclaimed Broadway play “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time” gives theatergoers dazzling insight into one boy’s unusual experience of the world.

January 2015
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Spotted: Suramin surprise; film under fire

by  /  23 January 2015

An ancient drug eases symptoms of fragile X syndrome in mice, and “The Imitation Game” draws ire over an autism innuendo.

December 2014
Illustration by Susan Brown

Art on the spectrum

22 December 2014

Nestled between galleries in Manhattan’s art district is a studio like no other. It brims with the energy of 40 artists, all of whom have autism.


Understanding aggression in autism

by ,  /  5 December 2014

Two new studies explore the link between autism and aggression — a controversial connection that weighs heavily on individuals with the disorder and their families.

September 2014

Roots of language troubles, autism traits may diverge

by  /  15 September 2014

The genetic and environmental factors that underlie difficulties with language differ from those that influence other autism traits, according to a new study of more than 3,000 twin pairs. The study, published 2 August in the American Journal of Medical Genetics Part B: Neuropsychiatric Genetics, suggests that difficulty with language is not a core symptom of autism.

July 2014
A sad-looking man stands out in a crowd of people.

Suicidal thoughts alarmingly common in people with autism

by  /  31 July 2014

The idea that people with autism don’t feel strong emotions is a myth: Many of them are vulnerable to depression, despair and even suicide. New research documents alarmingly high rates of suicidal thoughts and actions in this group — and suggests that their distress takes unique forms.


Medical records find evidence linking autism to obesity

by  /  21 July 2014

Children and adolescents with autism are more likely to be overweight or obese than their typically developing peers, finds a large survey published in Academic Pediatrics.


Remembering Lorna Wing (1928-2014)

by ,  /  15 July 2014

Lorna Wing, who died in June, was the modest, kind and thoughtful mother of a daughter with severe autism. She was also a towering figure in the history of autism research, and her contributions to our understanding of autism cannot be overestimated.

June 2014

Autism not the only neurodevelopmental disorder on the rise

by  /  19 June 2014

The growing prevalence of autism is no different from that of other neurodevelopmental disorders, finds a study of more than 4.5 million people in four countries.


Adults with autism feel frequent, lingering anxiety

by  /  3 June 2014

People with autism often feel anxious, worrying about everyday events and ruminating on their fears for long periods of time, reports a study published 8 May in the journal Autism.