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

August 2018
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Opinion / Q&A

Inconsistent prevalence estimates highlight studies’ flaws

by  /  28 August 2018

How researchers design autism prevalence studies has a significant impact on the results, says Eric Fombonne.

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Study quantifies prevalence of autism in India

by  /  27 August 2018

About 1 in 100 children in India under age 10 may have autism, and nearly 1 in 8 at least one neurodevelopmental condition.

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Complications during pregnancy may contribute to autism risk

by  /  22 August 2018

High blood pressure, preterm birth and other pregnancy complications may increase the risk of autism.

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News / Toolbox

Multipart device monitors various senses in babies

by  /  17 August 2018

A new assemblage of tools precisely gauges a baby’s biological response to sights, sounds and tactile stimuli all at once.

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Features / Deep Dive

The hidden danger of suicide in autism

by  /  8 August 2018

Many people with autism entertain thoughts of suicide and yet show few obvious signs of their distress. Some scientists are identifying risks — and solutions — unique to autistic individuals.

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News

Rare duplication within chromosome 15 delivers relatively mild blow

by  /  7 August 2018

Children who have a rare extra copy of one segment on chromosome 15 have better cognitive abilities and daily living skills than those with a duplication that forms an extra chromosome.

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Signs of anxiety in infancy may foreshadow autism

by  /  6 August 2018

Fearfulness and shyness in babies and toddlers may predict features of autism at age 7.

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July 2018
News

Reward-system differences may underlie multiple autism features

by  /  30 July 2018

The brain’s system for sensing pleasure and reward shows unusual activation patterns and an atypical structure in people with autism.

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Autistic children prone to food, skin and respiratory allergies

by  /  26 July 2018

Food allergies may be more than twice as common among autistic children as among their typical peers; boys with autism also tend to have skin and respiratory allergies.

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Mutations in chromosome 22 bring big risks, but only for some

by  /  16 July 2018

About 10 percent of people with a large mutation in chromosome 22 have autism, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder or intellectual disability.

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