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Startup wants to combine DNA, machine learning for earlier autism diagnosis

Probably Genetic, which recently graduated from the startup accelerator Y Combinator, wants to test the DNA of children with autism ...
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Why popular image of autism as a male-dominated condition could hurt females

A commonly cited statistic is that boys have about a 1 in 52 chance of being placed on the autism ...
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Infographic: Understanding autism’s origins and prevalence

More than 3.5 million Americans live with autism spectrum disorder — a developmental disability that has no blood test, no ...
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Gut bacteria transfers could help relieve autism symptoms, research shows

What causes ASD has baffled psychiatrists and neurologists since the syndrome was first described, in the mid-20th century, by Hans Asperger and ...
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How the study of ‘affective touch’ could offer a better understanding of autism and its causes

Strong reactions to touch are remarkably widespread among people who have autism, despite the condition’s famed heterogeneity. “The touch thing ...
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Why we have to look for early signs of psychosis in people with autism

Most young autistic people do not and will not have psychosis or schizophrenia. As a class, psychotic disorders are relatively rare ...
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AI discovers new autism-linked mutations in ‘junk’ DNA

Many mutations in DNA that contribute to disease are not in actual genes but instead lie in the 99% of ...
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It ‘no longer exists’: Why Asperger’s is now diagnosed as autism

The APA reports that “autism is the most severe developmental disability. Appearing within the first three years of life, autism ...
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Understanding autism’s broad spectrum can ‘save’ family relationships

That half of the family is on the spectrum and half not makes the Wiesenthals interesting to Molly Losh, director of ...
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Autism war rages: Is it a medical condition or ‘neurodiversity’?

[There is] a deep divide in the autism community: On one side are parents of autistic children with severe traits ...
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Social skills in people with autism could be improved through 2 new drug treatments

New research seems to show encouraging progress in helping treat the complex neurodevelopmental disorder autism. Two unrelated clinical trials, involving ...
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Autism diagnosis for children as young as 14 months could boost treatment potential

When screening for autism spectrum disorder, a new study suggests that children can be reliably diagnosed with autism at an ...
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Name recognition could be key to an early diagnosis tool for autism

Every pediatrician knows that it’s important to diagnose autism when a child is as young as possible, because when younger ...
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Gene mutation could explain why children with autism have trouble falling asleep

Up to 80 percent of children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) experience sleep problems. The source of these problems has ...
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Why genetic testing for autism cannot offer definitive answers

Here’s a primer on how genetic tests work, their value for autism and what to expect from the results. Is ...
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Prenatal sequencing for autism genes could be here soon—along with some ethical questions

Sequencing can identify mutations linked to autism even before a child’s birth – especially in cases where doctors suspect problems, ...
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CDC says autism is on the rise—and why it may be worse than we think

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s new report on autism spectrum disorder (ASD) ... offers little good news. It ...
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Virtual reality helps autistic children tackle phobias

One tool that is being embraced by therapists, counselors, teachers, parents and their children to help those with autism to better ...
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Viewpoint: Do pesticides boost autism risk? New report says ‘possibly’ but correlations are ‘weak’ and ‘misleading’

Recently a study titled “Prenatal and infant exposure to ambient pesticides and autism spectrum disorder in children: population based case-control study” ...
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Low intelligence in autistic children predicts ‘poor life skills and challenging behavior’

Without timely intervention, intellectual disability in autistic children can worsen over time, contributing to poor life skills and challenging behavior, ...
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Viewpoint: Autism research is leaving girls behind

Evidence that clinicians are missing girls with autism has been building for years. Because autistic girls tend to exhibit different traits than ...
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Hypersensitivity, hearing problems could lead to early autism diagnosis

Many individuals with autism have hearing problems. In fact, Leo Kanner included this trait in his original description of autism. The type ...
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Exploring the maleness of autism and how it shapes the empathy of autistic people

Those with autism shift towards masculine brain functions ...
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Latest results for once-promising behavioral therapy for autism called ‘extremely disappointing’

A much-touted behavioral therapy for autism, the Early Start Denver Model (ESDM), may not be as effective as its creators ...
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Autism often accompanied by ADHD, anxiety and other conditions

Behavioral conditions such as attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) crop up in about one in three autistic people within 15 ...
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Amidst measles outbreaks, ‘massive’ new study proves again that vaccines don’t cause autism

A massive new study from Denmark found no association between being vaccinated against measles, mumps, and rubella and developing autism. In science ...
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New blood test for autism criticized as ‘not appropriate’ for clinical use

Doctors can now order a blood test that its makers say may help flag autism, but experts say the test ...
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Autism or OCD? Why it can be challenging to tell the difference

At first glance, autism and OCD appear to have little in common. Yet clinicians and researchers have found an overlap ...
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