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

May 2019
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News

U.S. autism prevalence in black children based on few families

by  /  4 May 2019

A national survey that estimates autism prevalence includes too few black families to yield accurate data for that demographic.

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Gaze patterns in toddlers may predict autism

by  /  2 May 2019

The gaze of children as young as 16 months old may help predict whether they have autism and reveal finer-grained details, such as their verbal and social abilities.

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A group of boys and girls holding hands walking on a school hallway
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Diagnostic tests don’t miss girls with autism, study suggests

by  /  2 May 2019

Boys and girls with autism get virtually identical scores on three commonly used diagnostic tests, suggesting that sex doesn’t affect the scores.

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April 2019
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Opinion / Viewpoint

Dutch project aims to raise awareness of autism in women

by  /  30 April 2019

A new network in the Netherlands is focused on problems and solutions specific to autistic girls and women.

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Features / Deep Dive

In search of truce in the autism wars

by  /  24 April 2019

The fight between those who define autism as a medical condition and those who see it as a mere difference has reached vitriolic levels. Can the two sides come together to support all autistic people?

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Group of young children climb up a blue slide outdoors on a sunny day.
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New autism prevalence stats spotlight challenge of early diagnosis

by  /  17 April 2019

The prevalence of autism in 4-year-old children in the United States increased to match a previously reported rise in 8-year-old children, but children are still being evaluated later than is ideal.

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Features / Deep Dive

How families are driving the study of autism genes

by  /  10 April 2019

Parents of children with rare autism-linked mutations are banding together for support and to join forces with scientists, accelerating the pace of research.

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March 2019
child with clinician in diagnosis
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Australia adopts standards for autism diagnosis, to mixed reviews

by  /  27 March 2019

Australia has become the latest country to establish guidelines for diagnosing autism, but getting clinicians to comply may be difficult.

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Women pushing to broaden the definition of autism to be more inclusive
Features / Deep Dive

Righting the gender imbalance in autism studies

by  /  13 March 2019

Autism doesn’t just affect boys and men, but research on the condition still predominantly focuses on them. Some scientists are finally beginning to include women and nonbinary people in their studies.

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Researchers pan blood test for autism as premature for clinical use

by  /  4 March 2019

Doctors can now order a blood test that its makers say may help flag autism, but experts say the test is not appropriate for use in clinics.

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