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Tag: diagnostic tests

October 2018
Juan Pablo Quintero, Sara Quintero, Soledad Quintero, Rosario Quintero, Yeison Quintero, pose for a group portrait in Ricaurte, Valle del Cauca, on July 28, 2018.

Unlocking the secrets of fragile X in Colombia

by  /  10 October 2018

A remote Colombian town is home to the world’s largest cluster of people with fragile X syndrome. Scientists are learning from them — and trying to help.

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September 2018

A blood test for autism? Not so fast, experts say

by  /  10 September 2018

A new study suggests that its results could lead to a simple test for autism, but statisticians say the test could not be used to screen for the condition in the general population.

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June 2018
Dennis Wall sits on lab floor with his skateboard and a whiteboard.

How Dennis Wall became the ‘bad boy’ of autism research

by  /  27 June 2018

From an app to diagnose autism to a crowdsourced project to map its prevalence, Dennis Wall is brimming with ambitious ideas. But his execution of these ideas leaves something to be desired, his critics say.

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Doubts, confusion surround Cognoa’s app for autism diagnosis

by  /  27 June 2018

The California-based company’s phone application for autism diagnosis is not as far along as initial reports suggested.

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Mom holding crying toddler

New parent surveys expand autism screening to infants, minorities

by  /  22 June 2018

Two new parent questionnaires could help clinicians identify autism in babies and in members of racial or ethnic minority groups.

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Mutations in autism gene may trigger milder effects than does its loss

by  /  20 June 2018

People with mutations in SHANK3 have milder features than do those missing a chunk of DNA that includes the gene.

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Female head shape cut out of pink paper, under magnifying glass. Male head is in blue, opposite the female.

Autism’s sex ratio, explained

by  /  13 June 2018

More boys than girls have autism; diagnostic biases and genetic factors may explain the skewed sex ratio.

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Abridged autism assessment speeds access to therapy

by  /  5 June 2018

A new strategy for diagnosing autism shortens the evaluation process — and the wait for answers.

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May 2018
Elementary school age girl with glasses watches from outside a fence.

To get an autism diagnosis, girls need worse social skills than boys

by  /  28 May 2018

Girls with an autism diagnosis have more severe impairments in social communication than boys with the diagnosis.

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Toddler playing with legos

Autism screen misses children with noticeable delays

by  /  21 May 2018

A widely used test for autism misses some children with delays in motor, social and communication skills.

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