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Spectrum: Autism Research News

Tag: diagnostic tests

April 2015

Genes dwarf environment in autism’s origins, study says

by  /  6 April 2015

The genetic makeup of an individual plays much a bigger role than environmental factors in whether he or she develops autism, according to one of the largest twin studies to date.

March 2015

How to make sure autism isn’t lost in translation

by  /  27 March 2015

With the help of Korean mothers, doctors and teachers, researchers have created a culturally appropriate translation of an information kit on autism.


False diagnoses inflate autism rate in India

by  /  17 March 2015

Rushed doctors and lack of culturally appropriate screening tools are boosting autism diagnoses in India.


Autism’s gender bias evident before diagnosis

by  /  13 March 2015

Girls and boys show telling differences in social and repetitive behaviors well before receiving an autism diagnosis, helping to explain the gender gap in diagnostic rates.


The female autism conundrum

 /  11 March 2015

Watch the complete replay of David Skuse and William Mandy’s webinar on why reported sex ratios for autism may be fundamentally flawed.

January 2015

Small study bolsters difficult search for autism blood test

by  /  13 January 2015

A set of small molecules in the blood can distinguish people with autism from controls with 81 percent accuracy, claims a biotech firm, but the test faces a long and difficult road to clinical use.


Thought test hints at neural signature for autism

by  /  6 January 2015

People with autism show unique patterns of brain activation when thinking about social words, such as ‘hug.’ But new findings highlight the dangers of using thoughts as biomarkers for the disorder.

December 2014

New method helps resolve conflicting autism diagnoses

by  /  2 December 2014

New guidelines aim to help clinicians diagnose autism when standardized diagnostic tests produce mixed results for the same child.

November 2014

Fond caresses, loving squeezes shape social brain

by  /  19 November 2014

Soft touch and physical closeness to other people wire the social brain right from the earliest days after birth, and problems in the response to touch may play a fundamental role in autism. This picture emerges from unpublished results presented by several teams at the 2014 Society for Neuroscience annual meeting in Washington, D.C.


Minute patterns of movement mark autism parents

by  /  16 November 2014

Children with autism and their parents share movement patterns imperceptible to the human eye, according to unpublished results presented today at the 2014 Society for Neuroscience annual meeting in Washington, D.C.