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

December 2017
Features / Deep Dive

Why autism remains hidden in Africa

by  /  13 December 2017

Many African children with autism are hidden away at home — sometimes tied up, almost always undiagnosed. Efforts to bring the condition into the open are only just beginning.

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November 2017
Features / Deep Dive

Why autism seems to cluster in some immigrant groups

by  /  29 November 2017

Cultural barriers lead clinicians to misdiagnose or miss children with autism in immigrant communities.

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News

Race, class contribute to disparities in autism diagnoses

by  /  20 November 2017

Black and Hispanic children are less likely than their white peers to meet criteria for an autism diagnosis.

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two sisters sleeping
News

Melatonin gains momentum as sleep aid for people with autism

by  /  10 November 2017

A new formulation of the hormone melatonin seems to improve sleep in some children with autism.

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October 2017
A room with two twin beds. A person sitting in one and a sheep sitting in the other.
News

Autism in fragile X syndrome tied to seizures, sleep problems

by  /  25 October 2017

In people with fragile X syndrome, autism is often accompanied by seizures, trouble falling or staying asleep and anxiety.

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Mother and child sitting on the floor reading a book.
Features / Deep Dive

Why children with ‘severe autism’ are overlooked by science

by  /  18 October 2017

Children with ‘severe autism’ are the most in need of help, yet the most overlooked in research. A new initiative is making them the primary focus.

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News

Late birth linked to risk of autism with intellectual disability

by  /  18 October 2017

Children with autism who were born late tend to also have intellectual disability.

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September 2017
African American girl and boy hold hands and walk during a sunny day.
News

Repeat risk of autism in families varies by sex of older sibling

by  /  25 September 2017

Children who have an older sister with autism are more likely to also have the condition than those who have an older brother on the spectrum.

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News

Screening tool misidentifies autism in many toddlers

by  /  13 September 2017

Three studies suggest that clinicians need a more finely tuned screen for children younger than 20 months.

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Opinion

Australia’s new autism diagnosis guidelines may miss the mark

by , ,  /  12 September 2017

The presumption of the new report is that standardizing the method of diagnosis will address the problem of diagnostic uncertainty, but is it asking the right question?

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