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Tag: epidemiology

May 2019

Prevalence estimates for autism indicate bias against non-white groups

by  /  20 May 2019

Estimates for autism’s prevalence in three U.S. states reveal significant inequalities in how children of different races and ethnicities are counted and assessed.

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Genome sequence. The pattern of bands represents the chemical sequence that forms the genetic code for a section of DNA (deoxyribonucleic acid). The DNA sample was cut into fragments by an enzyme. These fragments were then placed into a gel in the petri dish and separated by electrophoresis, the application of an electric charge. DNA sequencing is used in forensic science, medical research and genealogy.

Repairing racial inequality in genetic research

by ,  /  10 May 2019

To boost the participation of marginalized communities in genetic studies, doctors must first win back their trust.

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A depressed young woman in a tunnel

History of self-harm adds to suicide risk in autistic people

by  /  4 May 2019

People with autism who harm themselves are more than 30 times as likely as the general population to commit suicide. The risk is especially pronounced among girls and women on the spectrum.

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Arab family walking on the autumn beach

First estimate of autism prevalence in Qatar finds high numbers

by  /  4 May 2019

The prevalence of autism among school-aged children in Qatar is higher than the worldwide average.

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Gut woes common, but not unique, among children with autism

by  /  2 May 2019

Autistic children are more likely to have gastrointestinal problems than typical children are, but no more so than children with other brain conditions.

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The female protective effect, explained

by  /  1 May 2019

One of the leading theories of autism posits that girls and women are biologically protected from the condition.

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April 2019

Autism runs in families with history of brain conditions

by  /  15 April 2019

Children in families with a history of brain conditions may be at increased odds of being autistic.

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Busy street scene in China

New figures for autism prevalence in China point to previous neglect

by  /  11 April 2019

About 1 in 100 children in China has autism, suggesting the condition is more common in the country than previously thought.

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Woman holding inhaler.

Asthma in parents shows slim link to autism in children

by  /  1 April 2019

A child’s risk of autism is slightly elevated if a parent or sibling has asthma or an autoimmune disease.

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January 2019

Revelando los secretos del síndrome X frágil en Colombia

by  /  31 January 2019

Una remota ciudad colombiana es el hogar del grupo más grande de personas con síndrome de X frágil. Los científicos están aprendiendo de ellos y tratando de ayudar.

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