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October 2015
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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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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
Opinion / Viewpoint

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
Bee Johnson
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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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July 2015
Seo Kim
Opinion / Viewpoint

Rodent learning sheds light on missed social cues in autism

by  /  28 July 2015

Many people with autism have trouble interpreting and responding to social cues. Studying how rats learn from each other can provide insights into the human social brain, says Amiel Rosenkranz.

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