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Diagnosing autism is an evolving science but a crucial first step to understanding the disorder.

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How genetics is revealing rare childhood conditions

by ,  /  21 September 2018
A pioneering project is showing how, 17 years since the first draft of the human genome, our genes are giving up their secrets and bringing hope to parents around the world.
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Some conditions tend to accompany autism in pairs

by  /  12 September 2018
Children with autism are more likely to have both sleep problems and constipation than would be expected based on the prevalence of each of those conditions.
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A blood test for autism? Not so fast, experts say

by  /  10 September 2018
A new study suggests that its results could lead to a simple test for autism, but statisticians say the test could not be used to screen for the condition in the general population.
September 2018
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Attention deficit diagnoses nearly double in two decades

by ,  /  5 September 2018

The number of children diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) has reached more than 10 percent, a significant increase during the past 20 years, according to a new study.

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August 2018
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Proposed revisions to global diagnostic manual for autism raise concerns

by  /  29 August 2018

Many autism researchers express satisfaction with the similarities between the ICD-11 and the DSM-5. But some have raised concerns about ways in which the two diagnostic manuals appear to diverge.

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New diagnostic code for Angelman syndrome may spark crucial research

by  /  15 August 2018

The international manual of conditions now includes a diagnostic code for Angelman syndrome — which may enable scientists to systematically collect information about the syndrome.

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July 2018
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Conditions that accompany autism, explained

by  /  25 July 2018

More than half of people on the spectrum have four to five other conditions. Which conditions, and how and when they appear, varies from one autistic person to the next.

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News / Toolbox

Algorithm flags harmful mutations in single copies of genes

by  /  20 July 2018

A new tool can predict a genetic problem called ‘haploinsufficiency’ in which a mutation impairs the function of one copy of a gene.

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Features / Deep Dive

Can a computer diagnose autism?

by  /  11 July 2018

Machine-learning holds the promise to help clinicians spot autism sooner, but technical and ethical obstacles remain.

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June 2018
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Doubts, confusion surround Cognoa’s app for autism diagnosis

by  /  27 June 2018

The California-based company’s phone application for autism diagnosis is not as far along as initial reports suggested.

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News / Profiles

How Dennis Wall became the ‘bad boy’ of autism research

by  /  27 June 2018

From an app to diagnose autism to a crowdsourced project to map its prevalence, Dennis Wall is brimming with ambitious ideas. But his execution of these ideas leaves something to be desired, his critics say.

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Traits of other conditions may spur autism

by ,  /  12 June 2018

Early features of other conditions may contribute to autism itself

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Abridged autism assessment speeds access to therapy

by  /  5 June 2018

A new strategy for diagnosing autism shortens the evaluation process — and the wait for answers.

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