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June 2019
medical personnel with a swab test in a vial.

Doubts precede saliva test for autism, set to be available by July

by  /  19 June 2019

A saliva test that helps clinicians diagnose autism is expected to be available in the next few weeks. But some experts are skeptical of the test’s accuracy and value.

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Book review: ‘The Rosie Result’ crafts foolish caricatures of autism

by  /  18 June 2019

In the final installment of Graeme Simsion’s bestselling Rosie trilogy, the protagonist’s implied autism becomes explicit — and leaves our reviewer cold.

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Group of children walking in the countryside in Vietnam.

Large survey of children hints at true autism prevalence in Vietnam

by  /  10 June 2019

Less than 1 percent of young children in northern Vietnam have autism, but this prevalence is higher than in previous reports.

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Roundtable: Camouflaging in autism

 /  6 June 2019

Watch the complete replay of our roundtable on camouflaging in autism.

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May 2019
Female doctor with young patient and his mother

Autistic children may improve simply by participating in research

by  /  29 May 2019

Autistic infants who are enrolled in long-term studies may go on to have milder autism traits and better life skills than other children with the condition.

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Man and woman portraits on a 'family tree'

What the ‘broad spectrum’ can teach us about autism

by  /  15 May 2019

The relatives of autistic people often have mild traits of the condition. Studying these family members could broaden our understanding of autism.

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Toddler's hands playing with educational toys

Autism diagnosis may be possible as early as age 14 months

by  /  15 May 2019

Clinicians can reliably diagnose autism roughly two years earlier than the typical age of diagnosis.

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Rising prevalence in Northern Ireland

Rise in autism diagnoses in Northern Ireland highlights lack of support

by  /  14 May 2019

Autism’s prevalence in Northern Ireland is climbing, but government policies leave families unable to access the treatments they need.

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Sex bias in autism virtually absent among those with epilepsy

by  /  9 May 2019

The ratio of autistic boys to girls is roughly the same among children with epilepsy, according to a new meta-analysis.

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Child in sad posture, seen from through a textured glass window

Many autistic children contemplate suicide, screens suggest

by  /  4 May 2019

About 10 percent of autistic children have suicidal thoughts and behaviors.

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