Tag: sex

January 2017
Basic biology:  Different genetic variants contribute to autism risk in boys versus girls. Alfred Pasieka / Science Photo Library

Some autism risk may arise from sex-specific traits

by  /  11 January 2017

Genetic variants that shape physical features that vary with sex, such as waist-to-hip ratio, may alter autism risk.

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Week of JanuaryJan
News / Spotted

Family resemblance; accounting for diversity; drug dearth

by  /  6 January 2017

Some women who have children with autism look in the mirror, an accounting firm predicts profit from employees on the spectrum, and 2016 was a slow year for drug approvals.

Injury-prone:   Children whose mothers lack a college degree are at heightened risk of self-harm.Kris Seraphin / Millennium Images, UK

Large study shows self-injury common among children with autism

by  /  4 January 2017

About one in four children with autism hit, scratch or otherwise hurt themselves, suggests an analysis of school and medical records for more than 8,000 children.

Yarek Waszul / ispot
Opinion / Q&A

Questions for Daphna Joel: Brain sex differences may be mirage

by  /  3 January 2017

Instead of simply listing sex differences in the brain, researchers should consider how sex interacts with other factors to affect the brain, Joel says.

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December 2016
Illustration by Julia Yellow
Features / Special Reports / 2016: Year in review

Notable papers of 2016

26 December 2016

Our picks for the top 10 papers of the year highlight leaps in our understanding of autism, as well as lingering gaps.

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November 2016
Chat room: Microglia (blue) and neurons (green) may exchange signals that shape the immune response.

Microglia-neuron chatter may raise autism risk

by  /  15 November 2016

Three studies suggest that microglia, the brain’s immune cells, join forces with neurons in a sex-specific manner.

Boy looking in mirror sees girl reflected back

New clinical guidelines address gender dysphoria in autism

by  /  7 November 2016

New recommendations urge clinicians to screen teenagers for autism when they seek treatment at gender clinics, and evaluate those with autism for gender concerns.

October 2016
diagonal shadow of a family--parents and a girl

Parents miss signs of autism in their daughters

by  /  5 October 2016

Parents of girls with autism are significantly less likely than those of boys with the condition to voice concerns about their child’s social behavior.

September 2016
Illustration by Jun Cen
Opinion / Viewpoint

Women with autism hide complex struggles behind masks

by ,  /  20 September 2016

A new study shows that women with autism are continually misunderstood, work to camouflage their true selves and face a high risk of sexual abuse.

Family portrait: A study of the whole genomes of 200 parent-child trios offers a broad view of how rare genetic variants may contribute to autism.Hero Images / Getty Images

Mutations tied to autism rife in ‘junk’ DNA

by  /  9 September 2016

More than one-third of the spontaneous mutations linked to autism crop up in genomic segments that do not code for genes.

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