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

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Unusual sensory responses in infancy may hint at autism

by  /  12 December 2018
Some children diagnosed with autism by age 2 show unusual responses to sights, sounds and textures as infants.
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Slow onset may explain late autism diagnosis in some children

by  /  3 December 2018
Some autistic children don't show traits of the condition until age 5 or later.
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Why are there so few autism specialists?

by  /  21 November 2018
A lack of interest, training and pay may limit the supply of specialists best equipped to diagnose and treat children with autism.
November 2018
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Schizophrenia prevalence may be threefold higher in people with autism

by  /  21 November 2018

Autism and schizophrenia co-occur significantly more often than would be expected by chance, according to an analysis of nearly 2 million people.

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Motor, sensory traits refine autism definition in research framework

by  /  7 November 2018

Adding motor and sensory data boosts the accuracy of Research Domain Criteria — a broad research framework adopted by the U.S. National Institute of Mental Health — for predicting autism.

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Large Danish study finds autism prevalence rises with age

by  /  6 November 2018

The rising prevalence of autism is not leveling off, according to a new study that accounts for every diagnosis made in Denmark over 32 years.

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Autism diagnosis, explained

by  /  5 November 2018

New and improved autism screens and diagnostic tools promise to streamline the long path to an autism diagnosis.

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Revised test offers reliable way to track autism over time

by  /  1 November 2018

A recalibrated version of a widely used test for autism may accurately reflect autistic children’s development as they grow and become verbal.

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October 2018
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Eye-tracking test may reveal autism risk, severity

by  /  19 October 2018

Two novel algorithms that analyze where a child looks as she views a video could help clinicians spot autism.

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Autism prevalence program expands to include teenagers

by  /  1 October 2018

The network of researchers keeping tabs on autism prevalence in U.S. children plans to follow up with some of those children in adolescence.

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September 2018
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At the intersection of autism and trauma

by  /  26 September 2018

Autism and post-traumatic stress disorder share many traits, but the connection between them was largely overlooked until now.

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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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