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August 2019
young woman or girl sits alone on a window sill, in a sad posture.
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Autistic women twice as likely as autistic men to attempt suicide

by  /  7 August 2019

People on the spectrum, and girls and women in particular, are at high risk of suicide; siblings of autistic people are also at heightened risk.

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July 2019
Illustration shows man penned in by Police line 'do not cross' yellow tape
Features / Deep Dive

When autistic people commit sexual crimes

by  /  17 July 2019

Many first-time sex offenders on the spectrum may not understand the laws they break. How should their crimes be treated?

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June 2019
Multimedia / Webinars

Roundtable: Camouflaging in autism

6 June 2019

Watch the complete replay of our roundtable on camouflaging in autism.

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Communication in brain shows sex difference in autism

by  /  3 June 2019

Autistic women show unusually strong connections, and autistic men unusually weak ones, between two brain regions.

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May 2019
neurons in mice brains
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Inflammation may wield sex-specific effects on developing brain

by  /  8 May 2019

Exposure to inflammation in the womb may affect the brain and behavior of males and females differently.

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History of self-harm adds to suicide risk in autistic people

by  /  4 May 2019

People with autism who harm themselves are more than 30 times as likely as the general population to commit suicide. The risk is especially pronounced among girls and women on the spectrum.

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A group of boys and girls holding hands walking on a school hallway
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Diagnostic tests don’t miss girls with autism, study suggests

by  /  2 May 2019

Boys and girls with autism get virtually identical scores on three commonly used diagnostic tests, suggesting that sex doesn’t affect the scores.

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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.

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Illustration of a strong man holding up a oversized brain
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The extreme male brain, explained

by  /  1 May 2019

The ‘extreme male brain’ theory suggests that autism is an exaggeration of systematic sex differences in ways of thinking.

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March 2019
News / Toolbox

New maps plot hot spots of diversity across human genome

by  /  29 March 2019

A pair of maps that depict variation in the human genome may help reveal the genetic roots of autism.

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