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

September 2019
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News

Patterns in heart rate, pupil size may predict Rett syndrome

by  /  18 September 2019

Heart-rate patterns and changes in pupil size may herald Rett syndrome, autism or related conditions.

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August 2019
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News

New autism map points to diagnostic deserts in United States

by  /  28 August 2019

Most regions in the United States do not have an autism diagnostic center or specialist.

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Features / Deep Dive

The problems with prenatal testing for autism

by  /  14 August 2019

As prenatal testing improves, it presents a host of thorny issues — from what to test and how to interpret the results, to what to do about them.

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Opinion

Early-detection technique analyzes how children with autism scan faces

by , ,  /  6 August 2019

Researchers at the University of Waterloo in Ontario, Canada, have developed a new autism detection technique that distinguishes among different eye-gaze patterns to help doctors more quickly and accurately detect autism in children.

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July 2019
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Features / Deep Dive

The deep emotional ties between depression and autism

by  /  31 July 2019

Autistic people are four times as likely to experience depression over the course of their lives as their neurotypical peers. Yet researchers know little about why, or how best to help.

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Features / Deep Dive

Un ordinateur peut-il diagnostiquer l’autisme?

by  /  30 July 2019

L’apprentissage automatique (machine learning) présente une possibilité pour aider les cliniciens à repérer l'autisme plus tôt, mais des obstacles techniques et éthiques demeurent.

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News

Ultrasensitive blood test may detect autism mutations in utero

by  /  18 July 2019

A blood test can accurately detect whether a fetus carries large mutations of the kind linked to autism, according to pilot-study results.

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June 2019
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News

Doubts precede saliva test for autism, set to be available by July

by  /  19 June 2019

A saliva test that helps clinicians diagnose autism is expected to be available in the next few weeks. But some experts are skeptical of the test’s accuracy and value.

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News

Large survey of children hints at true autism prevalence in Vietnam

by  /  10 June 2019

Less than 1 percent of young children in northern Vietnam have autism, but this prevalence is higher than in previous reports.

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May 2019
News

Prevalence estimates for autism indicate bias against non-white groups

by  /  20 May 2019

Estimates for autism’s prevalence in three U.S. states reveal significant inequalities in how children of different races and ethnicities are counted and assessed.

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