A patent on variants in an autism gene is unlikely to hold up in court, but may still hinder research, some experts say.
Spectrum: Autism Research News
Tag: diagnostic tests
Many children eventually diagnosed with autism lose social skills between 18 months and 3 years of age. But few parents notice this trend.
Pediatricians disagree with specialists 25 percent of the time on whether a child should receive an autism diagnosis.
The move to replace ‘mental retardation’ with ‘intellectual disability’ is widely accepted, but little data exist on the impact of this change.
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.
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.
Girls with autism may have less severe restricted and repetitive behaviors than do boys on the spectrum.
With a growing acknowledgement of self-awareness in people with autism, self-report questionnaires are gaining popularity in research and clinical practice.
A large dataset that catalogs the features of many brain conditions could transform the quest for biomarkers of autism.