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October 2015
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Opinion / Viewpoint

Girls with autism may stop eating to blunt social pain

by  /  19 October 2015

Anorexia sometimes accompanies autism in girls. Refusing food may mute the confusing array of stimuli that is particularly difficult for a girl with autism to handle.

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In search of factors that shield girls against autism

by  /  19 October 2015

Identifying the factors that protect girls from autism may help us understand and possibly treat the disorder.

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20151013VPMaleSlantToResearch-844
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Male slant to research may skew autism’s reported sex ratio

by  /  19 October 2015

Clinicians may need to go beyond the ‘masks’ to find autism in women.

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Linking autism, sex, gender and prenatal hormones

by  /  19 October 2015

Elevated levels of fetal sex steroid hormones such as testosterone may explain many of autism’s unique features.

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20151019VPEnvironmentalEpigenetics-844
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By chemically tagging genes, sex hormones shape brain

by ,  /  19 October 2015

The environment’s influence on gene expression can vary by sex and affect autism’s expression.

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Focus on autism must broaden to include non-binary genders

by  /  19 October 2015

It’s past time for mainstream discussions of ‘women with autism’ to recognize that a significant portion of the autistic community identifies as gender-queer or non-binary.

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Seeking precise portraits of girls with autism

by  /  6 October 2015

Researchers need to consider new ways of capturing how autism manifests in girls, who may find clever ways of camouflaging their symptoms.

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September 2015
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Opinion / Viewpoint

Social perception problems cut across disorders

by ,  /  29 September 2015

The ability to recognize emotions varies along a continuum that spans autism, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and obsessive-compulsive disorder.

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Combination of strategies may tame autism’s placebo problem

by  /  7 September 2015

Clinical trials of autism treatments are fertile ground for the placebo effect. Bryan King explains how the field must move forward to better evaluate treatments.

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August 2015
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Autism may arise from brain’s response to early disturbances

by  /  18 August 2015

Autism is not a developmental disorder, but rather the brain’s adaptive response to early genetic or environmental disturbances, says Mark Johnson.

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