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

Opinion
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The cost of a delayed autism diagnosis

by ,  /  3 December 2019
Many people go more than half of their lives before learning that they are autistic; one writer on the spectrum believes we can do better.
News
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Severity predicts autistic children’s ability to learn life skills

by  /  2 December 2019
How well autistic children perform daily-living tasks tracks with their language skills and autism traits.
Features / Deep Dive
Owen in the waiting and resting area during his testing at the Yale Child Study Center

Owen’s odyssey: The difficult path to an autism diagnosis

by  /  6 November 2019
This is part 1 of the story of one boy's long journey to an autism diagnosis and therapy. Part 2 will track Owen's progress later this year.
October 2019
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News

Molecular signature may lead to blood test for autism

by  /  31 October 2019

Researchers have identified a distinctive pattern of gene expression in the white blood cells of young autistic boys.

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News

Analysis pins down prevalence of mental health conditions in autism

by  /  7 October 2019

Eight mental health conditions occur unusually often in autistic people, a new analysis suggests.

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News

Positive screen for autism often does not spur further evaluation

by  /  2 October 2019

More than two-thirds of toddlers flagged for autism do not get assessed for the condition by specialists.

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September 2019
News

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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News

Patterns in heart rate, pupil size may predict Rett syndrome

by  /  18 September 2019

Heart-rate patterns and changes in pupil size may herald Rett syndrome, autism or related conditions.

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August 2019
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News

New autism map points to diagnostic deserts in United States

by  /  28 August 2019

Most regions in the United States do not have an autism diagnostic center or specialist.

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Features / Deep Dive

The problems with prenatal testing for autism

by  /  14 August 2019

As prenatal testing improves, it presents a host of thorny issues — from what to test and how to interpret the results, to what to do about them.

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Opinion

Early-detection technique analyzes how children with autism scan faces

by , ,  /  6 August 2019

Researchers at the University of Waterloo in Ontario, Canada, have developed a new autism detection technique that distinguishes among different eye-gaze patterns to help doctors more quickly and accurately detect autism in children.

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July 2019
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Features / Deep Dive

The deep emotional ties between depression and autism

by  /  31 July 2019

Autistic people are four times as likely to experience depression over the course of their lives as their neurotypical peers. Yet researchers know little about why, or how best to help.

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Machine accepts chaotic data flow and puts it back out in an organized flow from the other side
Features / Deep Dive

Un ordinateur peut-il diagnostiquer l’autisme?

by  /  30 July 2019

L’apprentissage automatique (machine learning) présente une possibilité pour aider les cliniciens à repérer l'autisme plus tôt, mais des obstacles techniques et éthiques demeurent.

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