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

January 2020
PANDAS is a big category with elastic borders absorbing autism and Tourettes syndrome
Features / Deep Dive

How a controversial condition called PANDAS is gaining ground on autism

by  /  8 January 2020

Some scientists say an immune condition called PANDAS affects as many as 1 in 200 children who have traits similar to those of autism. But many experts contest that figure — and even the condition’s very existence.

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December 2019
Features / Special Reports / 2019: Year in review

Five hot topics in autism research in 2019

23 December 2019

This year’s hot topics in autism research center around brain organoids, heart rate, the gut microbiome, treatment timing and early detection.

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Features / Special Reports / 2019: Year in review

In case you missed them: Spectrum’s standout stories from 2019

23 December 2019

Here are seven Spectrum stories from this year that deserve a close look.

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map shows autism prevalence over time
News

Autism prevalence estimates for Catalonia, Iran highlight gaps in data

by  /  18 December 2019

The first rigorous estimate of autism in Catalonia, Spain, has found a prevalence on par with that in the United States; an independent study in Iran, meanwhile, has found a prevalence that lags far behind.

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News

New U.S. autism guidelines call for early treatment

by  /  16 December 2019

The American Academy of Pediatrics has, for the first time in 12 years, overhauled its recommendations for identifying and supporting autistic children.

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variants across the genome are shown in a wheel shaped visualization
News / Toolbox

New database catalogs variants in autism genes

by  /  13 December 2019

A new database cross-checks study participants to avoid double-counting variants linked to autism genes.

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A woman's eye is scattered with light, tracking eye movement
Opinion / Viewpoint

Studies of gaze could improve diagnosis, treatment of autism

by  /  10 December 2019

Understanding how gaze differs in autistic people may help improve their lives.

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Opinion

The cost of a delayed autism diagnosis

by ,  /  3 December 2019

Many people go more than half of their lives before learning that they are autistic; one writer on the spectrum believes we can do better.

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News

Severity predicts autistic children’s ability to learn life skills

by  /  2 December 2019

How well autistic children perform daily-living tasks tracks with their language skills and autism traits.

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November 2019
Owen in the waiting and resting area during his testing at the Yale Child Study Center
Features / Deep Dive

Owen’s odyssey: The difficult path to an autism diagnosis

by  /  6 November 2019

This is part 1 of the story of one boy’s long journey to an autism diagnosis and therapy. Part 2 will track Owen’s progress later this year.

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