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

May 2016
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In Gaza Strip, autism researchers battle dearth of resources

by  /  14 May 2016

Researchers are trying to study autism in one of the most politically and economically unstable regions in the world.

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Motor problems in infancy may forecast autism

by  /  13 May 2016

Among infants with a family history of autism, those later diagnosed with the condition have trouble holding up their head and grasping objects at 6 months of age.

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Self-scoring autism screen overlooks problems in girls

by  /  12 May 2016

A widely used screening tool is equally effective at detecting autism symptoms in both black and white toddlers, but misses girls of either race.

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Autism’s full spectrum

by  /  4 May 2016

Minority families often miss out on treatment or get left out of research — an ethical failure. New projects are illuminating autism’s diverse shades.

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April 2016
News

Rising star: Somer Bishop fine-tunes autism diagnosis

by  /  28 April 2016

Somer Bishop is launching a revolution in autism diagnosis, creating faster, more precise tools that speed research and better capture the full spectrum of autism symptoms.

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Features / Deep Dive

Living between genders

by  /  13 April 2016

‘Trans’ people with autism express a gender at odds with societal expectations, or reject the male-female divide entirely. Many are breaking new ground on how identity is defined — and what it means to also have autism.

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March 2016
News

U.S. stats show autism rate reaching possible plateau

by  /  31 March 2016

After a steady climb since 2000, the prevalence of autism among school-age children appears to have stalled at 1 in 68.

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Many toddlers with autism and low intelligence walk on time

by  /  25 March 2016

Most children who have both autism and intellectual disability take their first steps on time or earlier than those with other conditions.

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Placenta test for autism risk sparks serious concern

by  /  21 March 2016

A new test claims to assess a child’s risk of autism based on abnormal folds in the placenta, but there is little evidence to support its use.

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Diagnostic tests for women with autism fall short

by  /  11 March 2016

Women with autism show fewer repetitive behaviors than men with the condition on a standard diagnostic test, leading to possible underdiagnoses.

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