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Diagnosis

Diagnosing autism is an evolving science but a crucial first step to understanding the disorder.

Opinion / Viewpoint
child stacks blocks while therapist and clinician look on taking notes

Program in Scotland boosts speed, accuracy of autism diagnosis

by  /  20 February 2018
A project in Scotland dramatically increased the accuracy of autism diagnosis and cut waiting times in half.
Features / Deep Dive
Short video of the words "autism" changing to "ADHD"

Decoding the overlap between autism and ADHD

by  /  7 February 2018
Autism and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder often coincide, but the search for common biological roots has turned up conflicting evidence.
News

Duplication of DNA on chromosome 7 increases risk of autism

by  /  1 February 2018
Roughly one in five children who has an extra piece of chromosome 7 also meets the criteria for an autism diagnosis.
January 2018
Features / Deep Dive

Weighing up autism’s obesity crisis

by  /  24 January 2018

Autism’s underlying biology, associated behaviors and treatments can all put people on the spectrum at serious risk for obesity.

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News / Toolbox

Survey assesses well-being in adults with autism

by  /  24 January 2018

A brief questionnaire written with guidance from people with autism is the first of its kind to assess quality of life among adults with the condition.

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Features / Deep Dive

France faces down its outdated notions about autism

by  /  10 January 2018

After lagging behind other countries for decades, France is working on a new national plan for autism.

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Features / Webinars

Webinar: James McPartland discusses biomarkers for autism

31 January 2018

Watch the complete replay of James McPartland discussing the need for clinically useful biomarkers for autism.

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News

Prevalence of autism in U.S. remains steady, new data suggest

by  /  8 January 2018

The prevalence of autism in the United States remained relatively stable from 2014 to 2016, according to a new analysis.

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News / Toolbox

New measure yields rapid diagnosis in adults with autism

by  /  5 January 2018

An abbreviated tool enables clinicians to quickly assess adults for signs of autism.

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December 2017
Features / Deep Dive

Why autism remains hidden in Africa

by  /  13 December 2017

Many African children with autism are hidden away at home — sometimes tied up, almost always undiagnosed. Efforts to bring the condition into the open are only just beginning.

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November 2017
Features / Deep Dive

Why autism seems to cluster in some immigrant groups

by  /  29 November 2017

Cultural barriers lead clinicians to misdiagnose or miss children with autism in immigrant communities.

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News

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.

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News

Melatonin gains momentum as sleep aid for people with autism

by  /  10 November 2017

A new formulation of the hormone melatonin seems to improve sleep in some children with autism.

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