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Signs & Symptoms

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

December 2019
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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Gene repeats tied to autism may prevent anemia

by  /  9 December 2019

Extra copies of a gene called BOLA2 predispose people to autism and may protect against iron deficiency.

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Severity predicts autistic children’s ability to learn life skills

by  /  2 December 2019

How well autistic children perform daily-living tasks tracks with their language skills and autism traits.

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November 2019
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Mutations in emerging autism gene tied to distinct traits

by  /  27 November 2019

People who have mutations in a gene called PHF21A tend to have a constellation of traits and conditions, including autism.

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Sensory troubles may yield key clues to autism’s origins

by  /  26 November 2019

Studies of the brain’s sensory system may provide unique insight into the brain mechanisms that underlie autism and could point to possible treatments.

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Features / Deep Dive

Rethinking repetitive behaviors in autism

by  /  25 November 2019

Autistic people have long maintained that repetitive behaviors are beneficial. Emerging evidence in support of this idea is shaping new therapies.

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One in five autistic adults may have an anxiety disorder

by  /  21 November 2019

Adults with autism are more than twice as likely as neurotypical people to be diagnosed with an anxiety disorder.

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Vitamin D linked to lowered autism risk in large study

by  /  20 November 2019

Children born with high blood levels of vitamin D have 25 percent decreased odds of autism compared with those born with low levels.

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Mutations in cancer gene tied to unique autism traits

by  /  14 November 2019

Autistic people who carry mutations in a gene called PTEN have distinct behavioral and motor problems.

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