New global diagnostic manual mirrors U.S. autism criteria

by  /  11 December 2017

Starting next year, clinicians worldwide may be using a new, streamlined set of criteria to diagnose autism.

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Some adults with autism traits reject conventional sexual labels

by  /  7 December 2017
Adults who have characteristics of autism are about three times as likely as their peers to not identify as heterosexual, homosexual or bisexual.

Anxiety may heighten social communication challenges in autism

by  /  6 December 2017
Anxiety may exacerbate social communication problems in children with autism — and not the other way around.

Walking doesn’t deliver language gains for children with autism

by  /  4 December 2017
Children with autism do not show the burst of vocabulary growth that usually accompanies learning to walk.

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U.S. tax bill includes sweeping changes to healthcare

by ,  /  1 December 2017

Having failed to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, Congress is now working on a tax overhaul for the United States — which could also have major effects on health policy.


Mouse study questions autism gene’s link to head size

by  /  30 November 2017

Deleting KCTD13, a gene in the autism risk region 16p11.2, has little effect on brain or head size in mice — contradicting results from a 2012 zebrafish study.


The link between parental age and autism, explained

by  /  29 November 2017

Older men and women are more likely than young ones to have a child with autism, but this connection is not straightforward.


Problems with attention, not autism, predispose children to injury

by  /  27 November 2017

Young children with autism sustain injuries primarily because of co-occurring attention deficit.


Learning shows sex bias in mice with mutation tied to autism

by  /  23 November 2017

Male mice with a genetic variant tied to autism may have learning difficulties that females with the variant do not.


U.S. tax bill’s stance on graduate education rattles researchers

by  /  22 November 2017

The tax reform bill passed by the U.S. House of Representatives dramatically boosts the amount of money graduate students would have to pay in taxes.


Race, class contribute to disparities in autism diagnoses

by  /  20 November 2017

Black and Hispanic children are less likely than their white peers to meet criteria for an autism diagnosis.


Study bolsters genetic link between arthritis, autism

by  /  16 November 2017

Men and women with rheumatoid arthritis, an autoimmune condition, are at increased risk of having a child with autism.


Takeaways from SfN 2017

by  /  16 November 2017

After five days and more than 13,000 abstracts, the Society for Neuroscience annual meeting in Washington, D.C., has drawn to a close.


Map of microglia in mouse brain may reveal role in autism

by  /  15 November 2017

Researchers have mapped how immune cells in the brain called microglia change with age in mice.

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