Tag: sex

March 2019
Women pushing to broaden the definition of autism to be more inclusive
Features / Deep Dive

Righting the gender imbalance in autism studies

by  /  13 March 2019

Autism doesn’t just affect boys and men, but research on the condition still predominantly focuses on them. Some scientists are finally beginning to include women and nonbinary people in their studies.

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February 2019
3D models of the human brain
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Changes in brain anatomy may reflect autism traits

by  /  21 February 2019

Some traits of autism are associated with obvious differences in brain structure, and the scope of these alterations may depend on the person’s sex.

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December 2018
DNA helix shows blue spots as mutations.
Features / Special Reports / 2018: Year in Review

Five hot topics in autism research in 2018

21 December 2018

This year, researchers made big headway on autism’s most perplexing questions.

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Two brain images highlight social areas.
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Sex differences in brain hint at roots of ‘camouflaging’ in autism

by  /  10 December 2018

Autistic women’s activity in a ‘social’ brain region tracks with the extent to which they mask their autism.

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November 2018
illustration shows figure with many different colors and shapes indicating fluidity of identity.
Opinion / Viewpoint

Why we need to respect sexual orientation, gender diversity in autism

by  /  27 November 2018

Autistic people with a minority sexual orientation or gender identity face specific challenges, from having their self-assessments dismissed to difficulties advocating for their gender needs.

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Sensory issues in autism may have sex-specific roots

by  /  4 November 2018

Girls and boys with autism show different patterns of brain activity in response to sensory stimuli.

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September 2018
Illustration shows white doctor's hands holding up a male figure cut in paper over a young African-American girl.
Opinion / Viewpoint

Quashing sex bias in autism research calls for participant rainbow

by  /  25 September 2018

Autism researchers must attend to the need for sex and gender diversity in study design as a rule rather than as an exception.

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Autism’s sex bias may originate in brain’s immune cells

by  /  5 September 2018

The brain’s immune cells, called microglia, function differently in male and female rodents. In people, a similar phenomenon may make male brains more vulnerable to autism.

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June 2018
three teenage girls talking and laughing in school hallway while one girl stands alone to the side.
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Some autism traits may show up later in girls than in boys

by  /  18 June 2018

Girls with autism traits have fewer problems with social communication than boys do early on, but their skills worsen by adolescence.

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