Autism is not the only brain disorder that is more common in one sex than in the other.
Most men with autism have other psychiatric disorders such as depression, finds a study of 50 men diagnosed with the disorder more than 20 years ago. The findings highlight the range of challenges for adults with autism, many of whom lack the help they need.
A dearth of job-training programs and other services means that many young adults with autism struggle to lead productive, independent lives, suggests a national report.
DNA sequences called enhancers — which boost the expression of genes from within or outside them — are enriched for genetic variants linked to autism, suggests a new study. The finding may help researchers understand how variants outside genes contribute to autism.
Telomeres, the structures at the tips of chromosomes, tend to be unusually short in people with autism and their immediate family members.
Adults with autism are at an increased risk for diabetes, depression and a number of other health problems, suggests a large survey of electronic health records.