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

May 2019
Hands touching, showing nerves highlighted in different parts of the hand
Features / Deep Dive

How ‘social touch’ shapes autism traits

by  /  29 May 2019

Autistic people have unusual responses to ‘affective touch,’ which conveys social and emotional information. Their responses may reveal how autism begins.

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Autistic children may improve simply by participating in research

by  /  29 May 2019

Autistic infants who are enrolled in long-term studies may go on to have milder autism traits and better life skills than other children with the condition.

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Illustration showing artist interpretation of experiencing psychosis
Opinion / Viewpoint

Signs of psychosis in people with autism warrant serious concern

by ,  /  28 May 2019

Many young autistic people with signs of emerging psychosis go without appropriate care.

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News / Spotted

Spotted around the web: Week of 20 May 2019

by  /  23 May 2019

Here is a roundup of news and research for the week of 20 May.

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Brown and black mice in a cage, socializing
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Drug may deliver ‘ecstasy’ of social interactions to autistic people

by  /  23 May 2019

The ability to learn from social experiences wanes by adulthood, at least in mice — but the recreational drug ecstasy may bring it back.

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Nerves that control heart rate may be offbeat in autistic adults

by  /  17 May 2019

Adults with autism have a resting heartbeat that rarely varies in frequency, a tendency that may explain some aspects of the condition.

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Man and woman portraits on a 'family tree'
Features / Deep Dive

What the ‘broad spectrum’ can teach us about autism

by  /  15 May 2019

The relatives of autistic people often have mild traits of the condition. Studying these family members could broaden our understanding of autism.

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Autism diagnosis may be possible as early as age 14 months

by  /  15 May 2019

Clinicians can reliably diagnose autism roughly two years earlier than the typical age of diagnosis.

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Sex bias in autism virtually absent among those with epilepsy

by  /  9 May 2019

The ratio of autistic boys to girls is roughly the same among children with epilepsy, according to a new meta-analysis.

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Having smart father raises child’s risk of autism

by  /  9 May 2019

Children whose fathers are highly intelligent are at a higher risk of autism than those whose fathers are of average intelligence.

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