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Signs & Symptoms

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

October 2018
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In China, new approach offers hope of early autism diagnosis

by  /  25 October 2018

Routine screening of toddlers for autism in China could lead to much earlier diagnosis of the condition.

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Features / Deep Dive

How virtual reality is transforming autism studies

by  /  24 October 2018

Researchers and autistic artists exploring virtual reality to study, treat and simulate autism traits.

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Multimedia / Webinars

Webinar: Stelios Georgiades explores heterogeneity in autism over time

17 October 2018

Watch the complete replay of Stelios Georgiades discussing a model for predicting trajectories in children with autism.

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Misfiring visual cells may underlie key sensory problem in fragile X

by  /  17 October 2018

The motion perception difficulties seen in people with fragile X syndrome, a leading cause of autism, may stem from a faulty visual circuit.

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For studies, size matters: Let us count the ways

by  /  17 October 2018

In autism research, as in other fields, small sample sizes can lead to false findings. The size of the sample needed for statistical significance depends on the type of study.

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Siblings of children with autism have social, emotional problems

by  /  11 October 2018

Even undiagnosed siblings of children with autism tend to struggle with anxiety, depression and social difficulties.

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Fragile X syndrome’s link to autism, explained

by  /  10 October 2018

Fragile X syndrome is a leading genetic cause of autism. People who have either condition often share certain traits, such as difficulties in social situations.

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Overlap in traits of autism, attention deficit persists into adulthood

by  /  8 October 2018

Traits linked to autism and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder tend to co-occur even in adulthood.

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Modifier genes may enhance or diminish the effects of a mutation linked to autism.
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Second ‘hits’ may explain autism mutations’ varied effects

by  /  5 October 2018

People who have a mutation linked to autism plus a second genetic glitch tend to have more severe symptoms than those with the mutation alone.

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Opinion / Viewpoint

Separate thinking skills underlie autism, attention deficit

by  /  2 October 2018

Theory of mind difficulties are likely to be more central to autism than to attention deficit hyperactive disorder, whereas executive function problems are more often associated with the latter.

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