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Spectrum: Autism Research News

Tag: diagnostic tests

January 2018
doctor with patient

New measure yields rapid diagnosis in adults with autism

by  /  5 January 2018

An abbreviated tool enables clinicians to quickly assess adults for signs of autism.

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December 2017

Autism studies hampered by lack of reliable test for gut problems

by ,  /  19 December 2017

Experts from various fields should work with parents to develop a standardized questionnaire for gut problems in people with autism.

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A picture of African students being assessed in a classroom.

Why autism remains hidden in Africa

by  /  13 December 2017

Many African children with autism are hidden away at home — sometimes tied up, almost always undiagnosed. Efforts to bring the condition into the open are only just beginning.

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November 2017
Illustration: Parents looking over a railing into a river, while a child balances on the railing beside them.

Why autism seems to cluster in some immigrant groups

by  /  29 November 2017

Cultural barriers lead clinicians to misdiagnose or miss children with autism in immigrant communities.

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Week of NovemberNov
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Adult assessment; fragile therapy; neuron nirvana and more

by  /  17 November 2017

An interview for diagnosing adults on the spectrum clears its first hurdle, a fragile X drug eases multiple features of the syndrome in a mouse model, and a brain bank chronicles the beautiful diversity of neurons.

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October 2017
Illustration shows a boy gazing anxiously up at a large couch and pictures on a wall.

Unmasking anxiety in autism

by  /  4 October 2017

Anxiety can assume unusual forms in people with autism — turning uncertainty, or even a striped couch, into a constant worry. New tools may help identify these hidden fears.

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September 2017
Portrait of Dan Kennedy

Webinar: Dan Kennedy discusses crafting social scenarios to study autism

 /  27 September 2017

Watch the complete replay of Dan Kennedy discussing crafting social scenarios to study autism.

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Doctor talking to mother and her toddler child.

Screening tool misidentifies autism in many toddlers

by  /  13 September 2017

Three studies suggest that clinicians need a more finely tuned screen for children younger than 20 months.

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An Ethiopian family sitting for a portrait.

Studies highlight need to adapt autism tests for African cultures

by  /  11 September 2017

Some of the items on a common diagnostic test for autism do not translate well to African cultures.

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A brain scan showing an abnormally small amygdala

Anxiety may alter processing of emotions in people with autism

by  /  6 September 2017

A brain region that processes emotions tends to be smaller in children who have both autism and anxiety than in those who have autism alone.

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