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

May 2018
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Patent on autism genetic test may stifle science

by  /  17 May 2018

A patent on variants in an autism gene is unlikely to hold up in court, but may still hinder research, some experts say.

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Girls with autism at high risk of sexual abuse, large study says

by  /  14 May 2018

Many women with autism or attention deficit hyperactivity disorder report having been sexually abused as a child.

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Takeaways from INSAR 2018

by  /  14 May 2018

Adults on the spectrum, gender issues, and the search for autism biomarkers were among the key themes at this year’s International Society for Autism Research annual meeting.

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Reactions from INSAR 2018

by  /  12 May 2018

Europe’s largest port is about to get a little busier this week as members of the autism research community pour into Rotterdam, the Netherlands, for the 17th annual International Society for Autism Research (INSAR) meeting.

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Dividing autism; novel messengers; million-dollar mark and more

by  /  11 May 2018

A researcher proposes splitting autism into subtypes, mitochondria make neurotransmitters, and highly successful grantees may face a funding cap.

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Opinion / Columnists / Community concerns

In DSM-5, guidance on girls with autism is short but savvy

by  /  9 May 2018

The DSM-5 acknowledges how gender shapes autism more than any previous diagnostic manual has, but it’s time to fold in a few new findings.

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Opinion / Viewpoint

Few people mourn Asperger syndrome’s loss from diagnostic manuals

by  /  9 May 2018

Our concept of autism has evolved over the past 20 years, rendering redundant the diagnostic labels of Asperger syndrome and pervasive developmental disorder-not otherwise specified.

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Narrowing of ‘autism’ in DSM-5 runs counter to idea of broad spectrum

by ,  /  9 May 2018

The strict definition of autism in the latest version of the diagnostic manual is antithetical to the idea that autism comes in a wide variety of forms.

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The evolution of ‘autism’ as a diagnosis, explained

by  /  9 May 2018

From a form of childhood schizophrenia to a spectrum of conditions, the characterization of autism in diagnostic manuals has a complicated history.

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U.S. institute maintains support for diagnoses based on biology

by  /  9 May 2018

A 2013 initiative to find biological roots for mental health diagnoses still has broad appeal, but has not produced a dramatic shift in autism research.

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