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Signs & Symptoms

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

May 2018
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Mere observation may alter trajectory of autism

by  /  10 May 2018

Children with autism who participate in research beginning in infancy have less severe autism features than other children with the condition.

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The evolution of ‘autism’ as a diagnosis, explained

by  /  9 May 2018

From a form of childhood schizophrenia to a spectrum of conditions, the characterization of autism in diagnostic manuals has a complicated history.

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U.S. institute maintains support for diagnoses based on biology

by  /  9 May 2018

A 2013 initiative to find biological roots for mental health diagnoses still has broad appeal, but has not produced a dramatic shift in autism research.

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Features / Deep Dive

Why the definition of autism needs to be refined

by  /  9 May 2018

Five years after its latest revision, the manual used to diagnose autism is back under scrutiny, as evidence suggests it excludes some people on the spectrum.

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Wearable device accurately scans brains in moving people

by  /  4 May 2018

A new neuroimaging device that is worn like a helmet enables researchers to map the functional activity of a person’s brain as she moves her head.

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April 2018
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Autism syndrome involves constellation of medical issues

by  /  30 April 2018

Mutations in a gene called ADNP lead to a syndrome that includes autism, intellectual disability and problems with the gut, eyesight, heart and brain.

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Multimedia / Webinars

Webinar: Shafali Jeste discusses brain development in high-risk infants

25 April 2018

Watch the complete replay of Shafali Jeste discussing her work investigating brain structure and function in infants at high risk for autism. 

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Co-occurring conditions alter timing of autism diagnosis

by  /  23 April 2018

Children with autism typically have four or five other conditions, such as attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, that can affect when they are diagnosed.

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Social communication in autism, explained

by  /  19 April 2018

Communication problems have always been considered a core feature of autism. Yet there are substantial and wide-ranging differences in how people with autism communicate.

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Where communication breaks down for people with autism

by  /  18 April 2018

People on the spectrum often have subtle problems using language or making facial expressions. Pinpointing where those difficulties originate may help ease their social communication.

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