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From funding decisions to scientific fraud, a wide range of societal factors shape autism research.

October 2012

Short screening tool flags children with autism

by  /  3 October 2012

A subset of questions on two behavioral screens can distinguish children with autism from those with other developmental disorders, according to a study published 23 August in Autism.

September 2012

Economic imperative

by  /  21 September 2012

The cost of caring for individuals with autism increases throughout childhood and adolescence, by approximately five percent with each year of age.


Crystal ball

by  /  14 September 2012

Want to predict your future? An algorithm promises to foretell your success in five years’ time.

A person wearing blue jeans and black sneakers walks next to a series of arrows placed on the ground.

Video technology reveals autism gait is symmetrical

by  /  12 September 2012

Researchers have used a motion-capture system to show that children with autism do not rely on one side of the body more than the other when walking. Their findings were published in the 2012 issue of Autism Research Treatment.

Illustration of a brain neuron.

Device helps record neuronal activity in moving rats

by  /  5 September 2012

A new device allows researchers to identify the precise source of an emitted brain signal measured in freely moving rats, according to a study published in the July issue of the Journal of Neurophysiology.


Diagnosis eludes many girls with autism, study says

by  /  3 September 2012

Girls are less likely to be diagnosed with autism than boys are, unless they also have intellectual or behavioral problems, according to a study published 26 June in the Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.

August 2012

Racial care

by  /  31 August 2012

Parents of minority children with autism are more likely to report that their children have poor quality of care than are parents of minority children with other developmental disabilities.


Genetics: Study finds risk gene for autism in males

by  /  31 August 2012

Mutations in AFF2, a gene located on the X chromosome, are about five times as common in men with autism as in controls, according to a study published 10 July in Human Molecular Genetics.


Chromosome 15 duplications common in autism

by  /  30 August 2012

About 1 in 500 children referred to genetic testing for undefined developmental delay, intellectual disability, or autism have duplications of the 15q11-13 chromosomal region, according to a new analysis. That makes the region the second most common large genetic alteration linked to autism.


New device rapidly identifies worms with mutations

by  /  29 August 2012

A new tool can sort through a population of mutant nematodes and identify those with altered neuronal connections, according to a study published 19 August in Nature Methods.