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Signs & Symptoms

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

March 2019
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News

Australia adopts standards for autism diagnosis, to mixed reviews

by  /  27 March 2019

Australia has become the latest country to establish guidelines for diagnosing autism, but getting clinicians to comply may be difficult.

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Multimedia / Webinars

Webinar: Jill Silverman makes case for rat models of autism

20 March 2019

Watch the complete replay of Jill Silverman discussing using rat models to study neurodevelopmental conditions, including autism.

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Large set of brain scans reveals no telltale signs of autism

by  /  21 March 2019

The brains of autistic children show few differences from those of children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, or even of controls.

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Autistic children’s sleep problems may stem from sensory issues

by  /  20 March 2019

Heightened sensory perception in toddlers with autism may predict sleep problems at around age 7.

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Opinion / Viewpoint

Hearing problems hint at potential for early autism screening

by  /  19 March 2019

Difficulties hearing and processing sounds are common in autism and may originate in the brainstem — offering the possibility of an inexpensive screen for the condition.

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Motor traits that mark autism remain elusive, large study finds

by  /  18 March 2019

Motor problems in autistic infants may parallel those in infants with other developmental conditions.

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Women pushing to broaden the definition of autism to be more inclusive
Features / Deep Dive

Righting the gender imbalance in autism studies

by  /  13 March 2019

Autism doesn’t just affect boys and men, but research on the condition still predominantly focuses on them. Some scientists are finally beginning to include women and nonbinary people in their studies.

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Opinion / Viewpoint

Call for help: We need to address suicide risk in autistic women

by  /  12 March 2019

Researchers need funds to investigate why autistic women take their own lives — and how to stop them.

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Early activity of brain’s emotion hub may yield clues to autism

by  /  11 March 2019

The brain’s emotion center, the amygdala, undergoes dramatic changes during the first year of life; these shifts may hold hints about its role in autism.

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Autism diagnosis often followed by identification of other conditions

by  /  7 March 2019

A study of more than 5 million people reveals the onset and prevalence of nine diagnoses that often accompany autism.

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