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

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woman behind a 'curtain' of genome sequence

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.
Opinion
four year old looks at something out of frame.

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.
Features / Deep Dive
Boy on bed is weighed down by pressures and troubles

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.
July 2019
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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Ultrasensitive blood test may detect autism mutations in utero

by  /  18 July 2019

A blood test can accurately detect whether a fetus carries large mutations of the kind linked to autism, according to pilot-study results.

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June 2019
medical personnel with a swab test in a vial.
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Doubts precede saliva test for autism, set to be available by July

by  /  19 June 2019

A saliva test that helps clinicians diagnose autism is expected to be available in the next few weeks. But some experts are skeptical of the test’s accuracy and value.

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Group of children walking in the countryside in Vietnam.
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Large survey of children hints at true autism prevalence in Vietnam

by  /  10 June 2019

Less than 1 percent of young children in northern Vietnam have autism, but this prevalence is higher than in previous reports.

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May 2019
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Prevalence estimates for autism indicate bias against non-white groups

by  /  20 May 2019

Estimates for autism’s prevalence in three U.S. states reveal significant inequalities in how children of different races and ethnicities are counted and assessed.

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Rising prevalence in Northern Ireland
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Rise in autism diagnoses in Northern Ireland highlights lack of support

by  /  14 May 2019

Autism’s prevalence in Northern Ireland is climbing, but government policies leave families unable to access the treatments they need.

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Sex bias in autism virtually absent among those with epilepsy

by  /  9 May 2019

The ratio of autistic boys to girls is roughly the same among children with epilepsy, according to a new meta-analysis.

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Computational Modeling of BRSK2 Missense Variants
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Matchmaking site for genes leads scientists to autism candidate

by  /  6 May 2019

A website called GeneMatcher has helped researchers identify a new gene for intellectual disability, developmental delay and autism.

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Landmark summit on autism health care kicks off

by  /  4 May 2019

A panel of autism scientists and advocates is charged with a tall order: making recommendations for the care of autistic people worldwide.

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First estimate of autism prevalence in Qatar finds high numbers

by  /  4 May 2019

The prevalence of autism among school-aged children in Qatar is higher than the worldwide average.

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