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Diagnosis

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

December 2015
News

Funding agency seeks to dismantle diagnostic barriers

by  /  7 December 2015

Despite the exit of its leader, the National Institute of Mental Health is moving forward with plans for a new system to classify mental illness.

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News

Sweeping study underscores autism’s overlap with obsessions

by  /  3 December 2015

The largest study of people with autism and obsessive-compulsive disorder to date adds to mounting evidence that the two conditions share genetic roots.

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November 2015
News

Autism’s rise tracks with drop in other childhood disorders

by  /  19 November 2015

The latest estimate of autism prevalence suggests the condition is more common than previously thought, and highlights the complexity in the seemingly simple statistic.

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News

Survey switch may explain rise in new autism stats

by  /  13 November 2015

About 1 in 45 children in the U.S. have autism, up 79 percent from the estimate for 2013. But there is more to the apparent jump in diagnoses than meets the eye.

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Opinion / Q&A

Questions for Stephen Blumberg: Tracking autism’s transience

by  /  3 November 2015

Roughly 13 percent of children with autism eventually lose their diagnosis, either because they outgrow it or because they never had autism to begin with.

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October 2015
Opinion / Viewpoint

Mother-son duo with autism bond through their differences

by  /  19 October 2015

It took me a while to see that my son had autism. Only then did I recognize the autism in myself.

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Opinion / Viewpoint

Male slant to research may skew autism’s reported sex ratio

by  /  19 October 2015

Clinicians may need to go beyond the ‘masks’ to find autism in women.

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Features / Deep Dive

The lost girls

by  /  19 October 2015

Misdiagnosed, misunderstood or missed altogether, many women with autism struggle to get the help they need.

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Opinion / Viewpoint

Focus on autism must broaden to include non-binary genders

by  /  19 October 2015

It’s past time for mainstream discussions of ‘women with autism’ to recognize that a significant portion of the autistic community identifies as gender-queer or non-binary.

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September 2015
News

Genetic tests, physical exam forecast autism diagnosis

by  /  17 September 2015

Combining two genetic tests with a physical exam may flag young children at risk for autism years earlier than behavioral assessments do.

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