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Diagnosis

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

April 2010
Opinion

Looming large

by  /  7 April 2010

How many people with autism are also obese?

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News

Autism symptoms emerge in infancy, sibling study finds

by  /  6 April 2010

At 6 months of age, babies who will later develop autism begin to lose some of their social skills and continue to regress until age 3, according to a study published in the Journal of the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry.

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March 2010
News / Profiles

Evan Eichler: Following his instincts to autism ‘hotspots’

by  /  22 March 2010

With an openness to collaboration and a healthy dose of daring, Evan Eichler has turned his offbeat interest in repeat DNA sequences into a new understanding of how genomes evolve, expediting the search for genes disrupted in autism.

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Opinion

Two-hit wonder

by  /  17 March 2010

We know that carrying one specific DNA variant can increase your risk of autism. What if you carry two?

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News

Researchers seek patterns in the sounds of autism

by  /  15 March 2010

Scientists have created machines to detect distinctive speech patterns in children with autism that go unnoticed by the naked ear.

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News

Studies challenge link between premature birth and autism

by  /  8 March 2010

The proposed connection between premature birth and autism may be more complicated than it seems, according to a new report. Early birth may not cause classically defined autism but, rather, may predispose children to autism-like symptoms that are part of a larger syndrome, the researchers say.

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Opinion

Tried and trusted

by  /  3 March 2010

The latest findings on oxytocin — a.k.a. the ‘trust hormone’ — secure its position as a frontrunner among emerging treatments for autism.

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News

Clinical, animal studies probe DISC1’s role in autism

by  /  1 March 2010

Several genetic and animal studies in the past year have found intriguing ties between autism and DISC1, one of the oldest candidate genes for psychiatric disorders.

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February 2010
Opinion

Class struggles

by  /  22 February 2010

The psychiatrists who literally write the book on the definitions of mental illness have announced their plan to group all autism spectrum disorders, including Asperger syndrome, under a single category.

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Opinion

Vulnerable age

by  /  15 February 2010

A new report adds to the wave of research on autism risk that’s shifting the focus from older fathers to older mothers.

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