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Signs & Symptoms

Autism’s core symptoms accompany a constellation of subtle signs that scientists are just beginning to unmask.

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Autistic people have increased incidence of neurological problems

by  /  23 January 2020
People with autism have more brain-related health problems, such as headaches and epilepsy, than typical people do.
Opinion / Viewpoint

How the autonomic nervous system may govern anxiety in autism

by ,  /  14 January 2020
The branch of the nervous system that regulates subconscious bodily processes such as breathing and digestion may play a key role in autism.
Features / Deep Dive
PANDAS is a big category with elastic borders absorbing autism and Tourettes syndrome

How a controversial condition called PANDAS is gaining ground on autism

by  /  8 January 2020
Some scientists say an immune condition called PANDAS affects as many as 1 in 200 children who have traits similar to those of autism. But many experts contest that figure — and even the condition's very existence.
January 2020
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Fever’s immune effect on brain may ease autism traits

by  /  8 January 2020

An immune molecule produced during a fever improves sociability in three mouse models of autism.

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New data establishes norms for developmental milestones

by  /  3 January 2020

A new resource that details the ages at which children attain milestones such as speaking and walking could help clinicians spot autism sooner.

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Adolescent anxiety predicts later psychiatric diagnoses in autistic people

by  /  2 January 2020

People with autism are at increased odds of having other psychiatric conditions, such as anxiety and depression, but the links can be counterintuitive.

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December 2019
Features / Special Reports / 2019: Year in review

Five hot topics in autism research in 2019

23 December 2019

This year’s hot topics in autism research center around brain organoids, heart rate, the gut microbiome, treatment timing and early detection.

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Features / Special Reports / 2019: Year in review

Notable papers in autism research in 2019

23 December 2019

This year’s top papers deepen our understanding of autism’s genetics and reveal mixed results from trials of autism therapies.

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Multiple genes may conspire to lead to autism traits

by  /  23 December 2019

The many genes implicated in Williams syndrome, a condition related to autism, may all work together to exert their effects on behavior.

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Immune cells may underlie anxiety in autistic people

by  /  16 December 2019

Some cases of anxiety, which often accompanies autism, may stem from a faulty immune system, a new study suggests — but some experts are skeptical.

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Top autism gene tied to unusual skull, skeletal growth

by  /  12 December 2019

People with mutations in CHD8, a top autism gene, tend to be tall and have large heads.

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unsafe behavior in autistic young people
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Many young autistic people harm themselves, others

by  /  11 December 2019

Nearly one-third of autistic young people put themselves or others in danger in any given three-month period.

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Opinion / Viewpoint

Studies of gaze could improve diagnosis, treatment of autism

by  /  10 December 2019

Understanding how gaze differs in autistic people may help improve their lives.

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