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Signs & Symptoms

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

March 2019
Women pushing to broaden the definition of autism to be more inclusive
Features / Deep Dive

Righting the gender imbalance in autism studies

by  /  13 March 2019

Autism doesn’t just affect boys and men, but research on the condition still predominantly focuses on them. Some scientists are finally beginning to include women and nonbinary people in their studies.

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Woman stands alone in beige office, ignored by co-workers
Opinion / Viewpoint

Call for help: We need to address suicide risk in autistic women

by  /  12 March 2019

Researchers need funds to investigate why autistic women take their own lives — and how to stop them.

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News

Early activity of brain’s emotion hub may yield clues to autism

by  /  11 March 2019

The brain’s emotion center, the amygdala, undergoes dramatic changes during the first year of life; these shifts may hold hints about its role in autism.

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News

Autism diagnosis often followed by identification of other conditions

by  /  7 March 2019

A study of more than 5 million people reveals the onset and prevalence of nine diagnoses that often accompany autism.

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News

Deletion, duplication of chromosome 16 segment may confer same autism risk

by  /  6 March 2019

Autism may be just as common among children missing a segment of chromosome 16 as it is in those with an extra copy.

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News

Does vitamin use in pregnancy alter autism risk? Maybe, maybe not

by  /  4 March 2019

Despite the hype around a new study, it may be too soon to conclude that taking prenatal vitamins during pregnancy lowers the child’s chances of autism.

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News / Toolbox

Sophisticated software makes sense of rodent squeaks

by  /  1 March 2019

New artificial-intelligence software detects and analyzes the ultrasonic squeaks and cries that constitute inaudible rodent language.

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February 2019
Features / Deep Dive

Untangling the ties between autism and obsessive-compulsive disorder

by  /  27 February 2019

Autism and obsessive-compulsive disorder frequently accompany each other; Scientists are studying both to understand how they differ.

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News

Scientists sound warning about use of autism speech detector

by  /  27 February 2019

A popular system used to detect speech may not identify most vocalizations produced by autistic children aged 5 and older.

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News

Four sets of mice call popular autism theory into question

by  /  25 February 2019

An analysis of four mouse models negates certain assumptions underlying the signaling imbalance theory of autism.

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