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Tag: diagnosis

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.


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.

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.


Roundtable: Camouflaging in autism

 /  6 June 2019

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

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.

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.

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.

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.


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.

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.