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Tag: diagnostic tests

May 2018
Woman's face with the eyes covered by hand shapes, with a DNA helix in the background, and a judge's gavel.

Patent on autism genetic test may stifle science

by  /  17 May 2018

A patent on variants in an autism gene is unlikely to hold up in court, but may still hinder research, some experts say.

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Few parents recognize regression in their children with autism

by  /  12 May 2018

Many children eventually diagnosed with autism lose social skills between 18 months and 3 years of age. But few parents notice this trend.

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Canadian pediatricians may miss many children with autism

by  /  11 May 2018

Pediatricians disagree with specialists 25 percent of the time on whether a child should receive an autism diagnosis.

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Intellectual disability’s introduction in the DSM-5: What’s the impact?

by  /  9 May 2018

The move to replace ‘mental retardation’ with ‘intellectual disability’ is widely accepted, but little data exist on the impact of this change.

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Narrowing of ‘autism’ in DSM-5 runs counter to idea of broad spectrum

by ,  /  9 May 2018

The strict definition of autism in the latest version of the diagnostic manual is antithetical to the idea that autism comes in a wide variety of forms.

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Why the definition of autism needs to be refined

by  /  9 May 2018

Five years after its latest revision, the manual used to diagnose autism is back under scrutiny, as evidence suggests it excludes some people on the spectrum.

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Predictive brain waves; spotting liars; pet peeve and more

by  /  4 May 2018

Brain waves in infancy forecast autism, people with more autism features have trouble detecting lies, and veterinarians battle claims that vaccines cause autism in dogs.

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April 2018
young girl sleeping with stuffed animals and dolls

Repetitive behaviors in autism show sex bias early in life

by  /  11 April 2018

Girls with autism may have less severe restricted and repetitive behaviors than do boys on the spectrum.

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An illustration to accompany an article about With a growing acknowledgement of self-awareness in people with autism, self-report questionnaires are gaining popularity in research and clinical practice.

Ask me first: What self-assessments can tell us about autism

by  /  4 April 2018

With a growing acknowledgement of self-awareness in people with autism, self-report questionnaires are gaining popularity in research and clinical practice.

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How to break new ground in the search for autism biomarkers

by  /  3 April 2018

A large dataset that catalogs the features of many brain conditions could transform the quest for biomarkers of autism.

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