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Tag: diagnostic tests

March 2019
child with clinician in diagnosis

Australia adopts standards for autism diagnosis, to mixed reviews

by  /  27 March 2019

Australia has become the latest country to establish guidelines for diagnosing autism, but getting clinicians to comply may be difficult.


Researchers pan blood test for autism as premature for clinical use

by  /  4 March 2019

Doctors can now order a blood test that its makers say may help flag autism, but experts say the test is not appropriate for use in clinics.

January 2019

Revelando los secretos del síndrome X frágil en Colombia

by  /  31 January 2019

Una remota ciudad colombiana es el hogar del grupo más grande de personas con síndrome de X frágil. Los científicos están aprendiendo de ellos y tratando de ayudar.


How to offer support for young autistic children in South Africa

by ,  /  22 January 2019

Coaching caregivers in early-intervention strategies may be the most effective way to help young autistic children in South Africa.

Diverse group of children with happy do

How to help underserved groups gain access to autism care

by  /  15 January 2019

Place your autism center in the community you serve, remove barriers to care, cast a wide net for autism signs, and do as much as possible in the first visit: These principles can help build a lifelong relationship with the community.


Core set of autism traits shows up in diverse cultures

by  /  3 January 2019

Some autism traits look the same across cultures, and they could form the basis of a global screening tool.

December 2018
Female doctor with mother and child in doctor's office.

Slow onset may explain late autism diagnosis in some children

by  /  3 December 2018

Some autistic children don’t show traits of the condition until age 5 or later.

November 2018
A drawing shows the word 'autism' formed of loose letters under a magnifying glass.

Autism diagnosis, explained

by  /  5 November 2018

New and improved autism screens and diagnostic tools promise to streamline the long path to an autism diagnosis.

A young boy plays with blocks

Revised test offers reliable way to track autism over time

by  /  1 November 2018

A recalibrated version of a widely used test for autism may accurately reflect autistic children’s development as they grow and become verbal.

October 2018
A photograph with text and colors shows an actor with objects that might distract or attract, at a desk.

Eye-tracking test may reveal autism risk, severity

by  /  19 October 2018

Two novel algorithms that analyze where a child looks as she views a video could help clinicians spot autism.