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Spectrum: Autism Research News

Tag: epidemiology

June 2020

Decade of data dents idea of a ‘female protective effect’

by  /  12 June 2020

Brothers and sisters of people with autism are both about two to three times more likely than the general population to have an autistic child themselves.

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May 2020

Environmental factors unlikely to account for rise in autism prevalence

by  /  18 May 2020

The relative contributions of genetic and environmental factors to autism have held steady over multiple decades, according to a large twin study.

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April 2020

Popular autism screening tool is unreliable, study suggests

by  /  2 April 2020

A short, widely used screening survey for autism called the AQ-10 may not be reliable for measuring traits of the condition in the general population.

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March 2020
Portrait of Elise Robinson in her sunroom surrounded by plants

Elise Robinson: Untangling the roots of cause and effect

by  /  19 March 2020

Even as a small child, geneticist Elise Robinson wondered why people think the way they do. Today, that question informs much of her autism research.

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February 2020

Verbal ability may predict age at autism diagnosis

by  /  20 February 2020

Girls with autism are diagnosed 1.5 years later, on average, than boys with the condition, perhaps because they tend to have stronger verbal skills.

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January 2020
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The link between parental age and autism, explained

by  /  28 January 2020

Older men and women are more likely than young ones to have a child with autism, but this connection is not straightforward.

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Young man in textured space, environmental factors and genes swarm in and around him

Autism heritability: It probably does not mean what you think it means

by  /  7 January 2020

The question of autism’s heritability is compelling for researchers and laypeople alike, but many people in both groups misunderstand its definition.

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December 2019
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Autism prevalence estimates for Catalonia, Iran highlight gaps in data

by  /  18 December 2019

The first rigorous estimate of autism in Catalonia, Spain, has found a prevalence on par with that in the United States; an independent study in Iran, meanwhile, has found a prevalence that lags far behind.

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November 2019

Acetaminophen use in pregnancy linked to autism, attention deficit in children

by  /  28 November 2019

Pregnant women’s use of acetaminophen may increase the odds of autism and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder in their children.

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September 2019

Apparent new rise in autism may not reflect true prevalence

by  /  26 September 2019

A new survey suggests autism prevalence has more than doubled over nine years, but the numbers may reflect only a rise in awareness and better data collection.

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