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Tag: diagnosis

December 2019
boy alone outside of group on playing field

The cost of a delayed autism diagnosis

by ,  /  3 December 2019

Many people go more than half of their lives before learning that they are autistic; one writer on the spectrum believes we can do better.

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Cathy Lord in her office at UCLA

Catherine Lord: Lessons from a storied career in autism research

by  /  3 December 2019

Catherine Lord’s career has been defined by relationships: with mentors, protegees and, above all, with autistic people and their families.

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Two children brush teeth in bathroom

Severity predicts autistic children’s ability to learn life skills

by  /  2 December 2019

How well autistic children perform daily-living tasks tracks with their language skills and autism traits.

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November 2019
Portrait of Geraldine Bliss and her son Charles

New family group pursues treatments for autism-linked syndrome

by  /  19 November 2019

After a decade of working with the Phelan-McDermid Syndrome Foundation, Geraldine Bliss has co-founded a new organization to develop therapies for the condition.

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A scientist protesting Brexit holds a 'Science needs EU' banner on a march in London

Brexit threatens progress of large autism studies

by  /  7 November 2019

The United Kingdom’s exit from the European Union would endanger continent-wide collaborations.

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Photo: A young child, named Owen, in the waiting and resting area during his testing at the Yale Child Study Center. He clutches a stuffed toy bunny.

Owen’s odyssey: The difficult path to an autism diagnosis

by  /  6 November 2019

This is part 1 of the story of one boy’s long journey to an autism diagnosis and therapy. Part 2 will track Owen’s progress later this year.

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Motor problems in autistic people may be grossly underestimated

by  /  4 November 2019

At least one in three autistic children has significant movement difficulties, according to a large study.

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October 2019
blood in a medical vial, closeup

Molecular signature may lead to blood test for autism

by  /  31 October 2019

Researchers have identified a distinctive pattern of gene expression in the white blood cells of young autistic boys.

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Children with congenital heart defects have increased odds of autism

by  /  24 October 2019

Children who are born with mild heart problems are more likely to be autistic than their typical peers are.

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What Ehlers-Danlos syndrome can teach us about autism

by  /  21 October 2019

Not much is known about the connection between autism and Ehlers-Danlos syndrome, a condition that affects collagen. But preliminary work provides tantalizing clues.

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