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Spectrum: Autism Research News

Tag: epidemiology

May 2019

Gut woes common, but not unique, among children with autism

by  /  2 May 2019

Autistic children are more likely to have gastrointestinal problems than typical children are, but no more so than children with other brain conditions.


The female protective effect, explained

by  /  1 May 2019

One of the leading theories of autism posits that girls and women are biologically protected from the condition.

April 2019

Autism runs in families with history of brain conditions

by  /  15 April 2019

Children in families with a history of brain conditions may be at increased odds of being autistic.

Busy street scene in China

New figures for autism prevalence in China point to previous neglect

by  /  11 April 2019

About 1 in 100 children in China has autism, suggesting the condition is more common in the country than previously thought.

Woman holding inhaler.

Asthma in parents shows slim link to autism in children

by  /  1 April 2019

A child’s risk of autism is slightly elevated if a parent or sibling has asthma or an autoimmune disease.

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.


Severe infections in childhood may boost chances of autism diagnosis

by  /  23 January 2019

Children who contract serious infections may have an increased likelihood of being diagnosed with autism.

December 2018
A premature baby in an incubator drinking from a bottle.

Study links autism to high levels of fat hormone

by  /  7 December 2018

Autism may be accompanied by high levels of the hormone leptin in early childhood.


National surveys estimate U.S. autism prevalence at 1 in 40

by  /  3 December 2018

About 1 in 40 children in the United States has autism, according to a survey conducted in 2016. Roughly 30 percent of those children were not being treated for the condition at the time.

November 2018
Large crowd of people seen from above.

Large Danish study finds autism prevalence rises with age

by  /  6 November 2018

The rising prevalence of autism is not leveling off, according to a new study that accounts for every diagnosis made in Denmark over 32 years.