As prenatal testing improves, it presents a host of thorny issues — from what to test and how to interpret the results, to what to do about them.
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Researchers at the University of Waterloo in Ontario, Canada, have developed a new autism detection technique that distinguishes among different eye-gaze patterns to help doctors more quickly and accurately detect autism in children.
A blood test can accurately detect whether a fetus carries large mutations of the kind linked to autism, according to pilot-study results.
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.
Less than 1 percent of young children in northern Vietnam have autism, but this prevalence is higher than in previous reports.
Autism’s prevalence in Northern Ireland is climbing, but government policies leave families unable to access the treatments they need.
The prevalence of autism among school-aged children in Qatar is higher than the worldwide average.
Boys and girls with autism get virtually identical scores on three commonly used diagnostic tests, suggesting that sex doesn’t affect the scores.
A new parent questionnaire is the first test designed to gauge anxiety in children with autism.
Two new studies point to the possibility of detecting autism mutations before birth — along with all the ethical and logistical problems that may bring.